After Prince William told the world he was dating Kate Middleton, people started getting excited about a potential Royal Wedding.
But the young royal refused to cave to pressure, and waited seven years before finally getting down on one knee.
However royal experts claimed they knew Kate was ‘The One’ years earlier after she made a surprise appearance at a very, very special event – his RAF graduation at Sandhurst.
Journalist Rebecca English claims that the chilly day in December in 2006 was when she realised Kate was going to be our future Queen.
Speaking Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary William & Kate: Too Good To Be True, she recalls: “We hadn’t expected Kate and her family to turn up, and myself and a number of photographers and journalists were all standing on a press stand together.
“Suddenly out of the corner of her eye we saw Kate and her mother and father being ushered down to the front of the seating.
“I remember turning to the person next to me and saying that’s it, it’s a done deal. This woman is going to be our future Queen.”
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter adds: “Suddenly the engagement whispers were starting.
“There was intense pressure on William and Kate, and short of printing the tea towels, everyone had these two walking down the aisle imminently.”
However, just months later they shocked everyone when they split up but it didn’t last and they soon got back together.
Three years later, William finally got down on one knee and proposed to Kate during a holiday in Africa and they told the world three weeks later in November 2010.
The couple went public for the first time at their university graduation, shortly before Wills joined the Armed Forces.
Speaking on the documentary, Richard Kay, editor-at-large at the Daily Mail, said: “There were lots of pictures of Kate and William.
“There was huge interest in this very bubbly brunette from Berkshire. It was really a warning of what was to come.”
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter adds: “Graduation for William and Kate, it really was their last moment in that protective bubble
“I think perhaps the might have both been a bit naive about what was to come.
“William understood how the media works but Kate would have had no idea what it meant to be on the receiving end.”