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Kate Middleton's transformation into royalty

A glimpse into how Kate Middleton went from smiling toddler to the bride-to-be of a future king

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A three-year-old Kate Middleton on holiday in the Lake District, north-west England.

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Kate Middleton, aged five.

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An undated photo of the Middleton family vacationing in Jerash, Jordan. Kate, aged four (L) with sister Pippa and her father Michael.

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St Mary's parish church is seen in the village of Bucklebury in southern England November 17, 2010. Kate Middleton's family lives near the village.

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Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show attended by Prince William, on March, 26, 2002 in St.Andrews, Scotland. The sheer dress, rumoured to have gotten the young Prince's attention, has since been auctioned off for U.S.$ 125,871.

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Kate Middleton leaves after attending her university graduation ceremony at St. Andrews University in St. Andrews, Scotland, June 23, 2005. Prince William, received a 2:1 grade for his four-year master of arts degree in geography at the university. Middleton graduated in the same ceremony.

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Kate Middleton smiles during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, southern England December 15, 2006.

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A photo taken on March 13, 2007, shows Kate Middleton on the first day of the Cheltenham Race Festival in Gloucestershire.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton cheer on the English team during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Italy at Twickenham on February 10, 2007 in London, England.

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Kate Middleton is met by photographers outside her house in London on her 25th birthday Tuesday Jan. 9, 2007. Middleton made headlines for getting a parking ticket and on her fashion choices.

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Kate Middleton (R) and a friend watch the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007 in London, England. The Concert fell on the date that would have been the late Princess's 46th birthday and marks 10 years since her death with an event headed by Princes William and Harry to celebrate her life.

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Kate Middleton arrives at a charity disco in London in 2009.

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Kate Middleton meets members of the public as they attend a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RLNI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011. Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton performed their first official engagement as a couple on Thursday, giving them an early taste of the life in the spotlight that awaits them.

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