Kate and William sparkle at BAFTA! | Image by John Phillips/Getty Images

Happy Anniversary Kate Middleton And Prince William! This Has Been A Year Of Firsts For The Royal Couple

Happy Anniversary Kate Middleton And Prince William! Six years ago today, Kate Middleton and Prince William walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey. Kate’s sister Pippa was her maid of honor, and Prince Harry was William’s best man. The couple invited nearly 1,900 people to their nuptials.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton had a fairy tail marriage, complete with romantic carriage ride after the Westminster ceremony. [Image by Sang Tan/WPA/Getty Images]
Prince William and Catherine Middleton had a fairy tale marriage, complete with romantic carriage ride after the Westminster ceremony. [Image by Sang Tan/WPA/Getty Images]

Despite several years of marriage, this past year has included a lot of firsts for this royal couple. What are the Cambridge’s top five firsts from the past year?

Charm Offensive In France

With the impending Brexit looming, Prince William and Duchess Catherine were asked to go to France on a charm offensive. This is the first time the couple ever went to France together. In fact, Prince William had not visited Paris since his late mother, Princess Diana, died in Paris nearly 20 years ago. There was a lot of excitement around their trip abroad, but soon, that was overshadowed by some tabloid news.

Just the week before their trip, Prince William had been in Swiss skiing town of Verbier with some of his guy pals, and a video of him “dad dancing” at a club there had gone viral.

All eyes were on Kate, despite William's viral "dad dancing" dominating the headlines the week before! [Image by Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images]
All eyes were on Kate, despite William’s viral “dad dancing” dominating the headlines the week before! [Image by Richard Pohle /WPA Pool/Getty Images]

Despite much speculation that Kate was furious with William, on the day of their trip, the couple looked happy as they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day honoring the Irish Guards, before embarking on France. The couple chatted with the guards and even drank a pint of Guinness beer in celebration of the Irish holiday.

Kate And Wills dazzled in France. [Image by Fanny Trang / British Embassy Paris / Pool / Getty Images]
Kate And Wills dazzled in France. [Image by Fanny Trang/British Embassy Paris/Pool/Getty Images]

Later that day, Kate and William were in Paris, looking glamorous at a British Embassy event. Any speculation that Kate was upset or disappointed in William were instantly discarded. The couple looked happy, at ease, and most of all, unified.

And what about William’s “dad dancing“? It appears that it is a source of a joke between the two. When the couple were recently at the BBC Radio One, speaking about Heads Together, William joked about his dancing skills, next to a giggling Kate, when they discussed their desire to go to the Glastonbury Festival.

“I’ve got into enough trouble with my dancing recently. So it’s probably best to stay away from that one.”

Heads Together

In their sixth year of marriage, William, Kate, and Prince Harry have become active with their new organization, Heads Together. The trio has created Heads Together to help people deal with mental health issues, as well as remove any stigma that surrounds mental health.

In talking about mental health issues, this past year, for the very first time, both Prince William and Prince Harry have opened up about the loss of their mother, Princess Diana.

Kate, William and Harry have been active in Heads Together, with both William and Harry discussed their grief at the loss of their mother Princess Diana, 20 years ago. |Image by Alastair Grant / WPA Pool/Getty Images
Kate, William, and Harry have been active in Heads Together, with both William and Harry discussed their grief at the loss of their mother Princess Diana, 20 years ago. [Image by Alastair Grant / WPA Pool/Getty Images]

In addition, Kate has also expressed her own struggles with loneliness, as a mother of two children. The trio’s openness about their own personal struggles has helped start the conversation, as well as helped others to share their own struggles.

Kate, William, and Harry created Heads Together to de-stigmatize mental illness. [Image by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Royal Foundation]

Family Trip To Canada

Back in autumn, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, embarked on a trip to Canada. This was the first family trip for the four of them, and the family delighted the adoring Canadians.

Kate and William went on a well-publicized trip through western Canada. [Image by Andrew Milligan/Pool/Getty Images]
Kate and William went on a well-publicized trip through western Canada. [Image by Andrew Milligan/Pool/Getty Images]

The Cambridges were guests of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Although Kate and William went out as a couple and toured around British Columbia and even north to the Yukon, the Daily Mail reported that there was still plenty of time for the public to see the entire family together including a memorable children’s tea party with balloons and bubbles.

Wills, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit Canada. | Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Wills, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit Canada. [Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images]

First Time At Royal Ascot As A Couple

Back in June, the Inquisitr reported that this was the first year that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Ascot as a couple. Kate recycled an elegant, white, Dolce & Gabbana lace dress, that complimented her gold June Taylor hat. The couple also presenting the winning hope trophy to the rider of Usherette, Mickael Barzalona.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first Royal Ascot appearance in 2016. |Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first Royal Ascot appearance in 2016. [Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images]

First Time Kate And William Attended BAFTA Together

This was the first time that Kate and William attended BAFTA together, but this almost didn’t happen. Back in January of this year, there were reports from “two separate BAFTA sources” that revealed that Prince William was told he could not bring his wife, Kate Middleton, to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, because she would “outshine” the A-list stars. William, who just so happens to be the president of BAFTA, put his foot down, and on February 12, the beaming royal couple walked the red carpet and attended the event.

After being told to not bring Kate to BAFTA because she would outshine the starlets, Prince William put his foot down and the couple attended! Image by John Phillips/Getty Images
After being told to not bring Kate to BAFTA because she would outshine the starlets, Prince William put his foot down and the couple attended! [Image by John Phillips/Getty Images]

Duchess Catherine wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress with tiny, hand embroidered flowers. Her hair was up, and she wore sparkly chandelier earrings. Prince William looked dapper in a suit. The couple was a picture of happiness and togetherness. And to think that they wanted the prince to leave Catherine at home!

Which is your favorite Will and Kate moment from their sixth year of marriage? Please share below!

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