19 Stunning Images of Kate Middleton Before She Became a Princess

Michele Zipp | Dec 14, 2015 Celebrities
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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 two adorable babies!), pre-princess 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 some killer hats. This was back when she wore some very 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–princess 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?) 

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Anyway, 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.

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Read on to see some amazing images of Kate before she became the princess 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.

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  • Running errands.

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

  • She's a jeans kind of girl.

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    Jeans on Kate? We don't see that much anymore, especially with a low-key look like this one.

  • Not the height of fashion.

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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.

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  • 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 Princess Kate from pre-princess Kate is the size of her bag. There is no way a princess 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 the queen would approve if Kate wore this today, but this was before the royal influence. But take a look at her hair length -- very close to her latest haircut.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 ...

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