29 Rare Images of Kate Middleton Before She Became a Princess

Martha Sorren | Dec 5, 2019 Celebrities
29 Rare Images of Kate Middleton Before She Became a Princess
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Once upon a time there was a girl named Kate Middleton who was not yet a princess. She was the oldest child of three siblings born to a couple over in Reading in Berkshire, United Kingdom. But now her name is known around the world. And because so much has happened since she has become the Duchess of Cambridge (like three adorable babies!), pre-royal Kate seems so long ago. Let's take a walk down memory lane from before Kate was royalty...

This was before the tiara, before that blue sapphire ring, before she wore blue all the time, and started wearing killer millinery. This was back when she wore some revealing outfits, big, bold costume jewelry, and some more casual, low-key looks. We even have some snaps of Kate when she was just a kid (and had no idea she would end up as royalty). Still, Kate pre-royal status was still royally stylish ... and definitely a bit more daring. (In fact, who else thinks Kate should bring back some of those big earrings and wear more jeans?) 

One thing is for sure, and that's that Kate has always had pretty killer hair. Maybe she was always meant to be a princess.

More from CafeMom: 15 Times Kate Middleton Appeared More Real Than Royal

Read on to see some amazing images of Kate before she became the duchess we know her as today.

  • Kid Kate

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    Oh those cheeks! Kate always had a winning smile, as we can see from her days at St. Andrew's Prep School.

  • Preteen Kate

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    So now we know ... yes, Kate always had shiny and pretty hair.

  • The Bad Hair School Photo

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    Everyone has to have at least one year where they have a bad hair day during school photos. Here's Kate's!

  • Bolder Costume Jewelry

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    Check out Kate in 2005 -- her hair a little more wild, as are her earrings. Now that's a bold costume jewelry look.

    More from CafeMom: 13 Times Kate Middleton Rocked a Pair of Jeans Like It Was Her Job (PHOTOS)

  • Running Errands

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    Once upon a time, before Kate was a princess, she had to pick up her dry cleaning just like the commoners. Again, check out those earrings!

  • She's a Jeans Kind of Lady

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    Jeans on Kate? We don't see that much these days, especially with a casual look like this one.

  • Not Quite Perfect

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    I'm not one to pick on Kate's style -- she is usually on point -- but this pre-royalty look is a little questionable. Overall, it's cute (and we know Kate loves houndstooth), but the black with the brown and the black-and-white print ... not loving it.

  • Beret Fabulous

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    Oh Kate -- how adorable is she in this sweet beret, cozy scarf, and pale blue jacket. Destined for style icon status ... even if she flubbed a few times.

    More from CafeMom: 14 Times Kate Middleton Looked Like She Needed a Nap

  • After a Night of Clubbing

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    A tan Kate Middleton goes clubbing -- sounds scandalous, but it's just another day in the life of Kate circa 2007.

  • Those Legs!

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    More clubbing, more tan, and more legs! Wow, Kate. That's quite an outfit she wore to Mahiki nightclub in London.

  • With a Monster-Sized Bag

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    I realized that one of the things that separates the duchess today from pre-royal Kate is the size of her bags. There is no way a duchess would need a monster-sized bag like this, because she has people to hold her stuff.

  • Dressing as a Witch

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    I'm not sure Queen Elizabeth would approve if Kate wore this today, but this was before the royal influence. But take a look at her hair length -- close to how she's worn it many times in recent years.

    More from CafeMom: 18 of Kate Middleton's Most Glamorous Updos

  • A Wilder Look

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    Kate loves prints, but this one is certainly a bit wild for her -- and her hair is a little different as well.

  • '80s Style Kate

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    While this is for an '80s retro party, I cannot help but be in amazement over those tiny yellow hot pants!

  • Baby Face

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    Kate looks like a fresh-faced young girl here, doesn't she? 

  • Nervous Nelly

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    It took Kate a long time before she was used to cameras following her every move.

  • Working Girl

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    Dressed smart for the work day, Kate looks ready to conquer the world.

    More from CafeMom: 19 Reasons We're So Jealous of Kate Middleton We Can't Stand It

  • Casual & Cute

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    Even before she became a royal, Kate wowed in a pair of jeans and boots.

  • Party Girl

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    Something tells us the queen wouldn't be too pleased with whatever Kate was up to that night ...

  • Early Days of Dating

    Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2005
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    This photo was taken in 2005, six whole years before Kate and Will walked down the aisle in 2011. They both look so young and in love here! And William has hair! What a total throwback. Thank goodness the Middleton family released this photo to the public. It's adorable.

  • College Graduation Day

    Kate Middleton on her college graduation day
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    Will and Kate met in college, and here's Kate on her graduation day. At the time, she was in her early 20s without any idea of where her life would lead her. OK, maybe she had some idea since she was already dating Prince William. But had she completely comprehended what being a royal would mean? Probably not yet.

  • Showing PDA

    Kate Middleton kisses Prince William in 2006
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    Kate and William rarely show PDA, and they almost never kiss in public these days. But this photo is from 2006 when the couple was younger and a little more free about showing affection for one another. 

  • Partying With Pippa

    Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton in a car
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    This outfit! Their trouble-making smiles! This must be a throwback photo of Kate and her sister Pippa heading out for a fun night. The pair used to hit the town a lot more frequently when they were younger. Now they're both married with kids and so prim and proper.

  • Food Delivery

    Kate Middleton carrying a casserole
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    Does Kate even eat casserole anymore, let alone carry it? She looks like she's headed to a potluck or something with this big dish of food. Kate doesn't have to do that anymore. She has people to carry her food (and fancier food at that). 

  • Row, Row, Row

    Kate Middleton rowing
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    First of all, look at those arms! Kate wears more modest clothes now that she's a duchess. But back when this was taken, she didn't mind showing off her muscles. Look at her rocking this rowing stance as well. 


  • Opening Her Own Car Door

    Kate Middleton getting out of a car
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    The Duchess of Cambridge has a whole entourage now, and someone is definitely in charge of opening her door. Not back when she was a commoner! She had to open her own doors like the rest of us. She still looks totally glam doing it, though.

  • Sunbathing

    Kate Middleton sitting in the grass
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    Kate looks so relaxed here. She's just chilling, sitting cross-legged in the grass and enjoying the sunshine. Here's hoping she still gets moments like these every once in a while. Being a royal can be exhausting, and everyone deserves some relaxing sunbathing now and then.

  • Summer Dress

    Kate Middleton in a summer dress
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    This tank dress is shorter than Kate usually goes for these days. This photo was taken back before she'd married William and before she had to adhere to any kind of royal protocol or dress codes. 

    Hope she enjoyed it while she could!

  • Couples Skiing

    Kate Middleton and Prince William skiing
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    This photo was taken early on in Kate and Will's relationship. The two vacationed together and went skiing. If they thought they could avoid the paparazzi, though, they were mistaken. Now we all get to enjoy this throwback pic of the lovebirds years later.

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