Kate Middleton was your everyday little girl, who grew up in the British countryside of Bucklebury with loving parents and two siblings.
But her life would change forever when her paths crossed with Prince William at the University of St Andrews in Scotland back in 2001.
The rest reads like a real-life fairy-tale – from their incredible 2011 wedding, to their long-lasting love and three gorgeous children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, 1.
Today (January 9), the Duchess marks her 38th birthday with a gorgeous new snapshot on Instagram:
As she turns a year older, we list 10 reasons why she’s a standout royal: