20 Throwback Photos of Prince William That We Can't Get Enough Of

20 Throwback Photos of Prince William That We Can't Get Enough Of
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These days, Prince William has a serious presence. In addition to being a husband, father of three, and the Duke of Cambridge, he's the future King of England for crying out loud! Dude has an image to uphold -- not to mention a grandma who may or may not be watching him more closely than other grannies. 

But, believe it or not, there was a time when Prince William wasn't as formidable as he is these days. In fact, there was a time when he just looked like a regular dude. Kind of.

While Prince William has never been one to be mistaken for the average Joe, looking back at old photos of him shows how far he's come. Once upon a time, he was a coming-of-age guy who was often spotted hanging out outside of posh London clubs. Then he got married and seemed to get a little more serious. Then he had Prince George (followed by Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis), and that's when things seemed to really change. He seemed to become the man he was always meant to be. 

And because of that exact reason, we love taking a walk down memory lane via old-school photos of the duke. 

From his university days to his wedding day to early fatherhood, here are 20 throwback photos of Prince William. Dude's really come into his own. 

  • Let's Start Here

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    There's no denying it: Prince William was a good looking dude back in the day. Somehow, we have a hard time believing Kate Middleton didn't have a picture of him hanging in her childhood room. 

  • The Clubbing Days

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    To say we love this old photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton is an understatement. Babies!!

  • Dudes' Day 

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    Check out Prince William and Prince Harry taking in the Rugby World Cup with some of their guy friends. Ah, that was a time. 

  • Back in the Day 

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    Check out how different Prince William looked in 2008. 

    Think it's the hair? (Sorry, Wills!)

  • In Da Club

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    Once upon a time, Prince William would be caught leaving clubs after 4 a.m.

    Four in the morning, people! Wonder what he'll do when George, Charlotte, and Louis pull that crap. 

  • Polo Players 

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    Check out baby Prince William and baby Prince Harry playing polo! Dapper dudes from the get-go. 

  • The Throaty Chuckle

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    What's Prince William charmingly chuckling at here? 

    Who knows, but he looks so young!

  • Out on the Town 

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    He may have been trying to go incognito, but we'd recognize that smile anywhere. Sorry, Wills, a cap isn't a sufficient disguise. 

  • Young Love 

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    We really hope Prince William and Kate Middleton have this photo framed in their house somewhere. Look at how Wills is looking at Kate so lovingly!

  • Oh, Hi 

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    These days we're used to seeing Prince William in a suit, but once upon a time he often donned a uniform of a different kind. 

  • Trooping the Colour!

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    To be honest, it's a little weird seeing Prince William on the Buckingham Palace balcony without Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. 

  • THE Engagement Photo 

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    Who could ever forget this iconic moment in time? So young! So in love! 

    And so inexperienced. 

  • Getting Their Sea Legs 

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    While there's no denying the fact that Prince William and Kate Middleton don't look like the average couple here, they don't look nearly as regal as they do today.

  • Howdy 

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    It isn't every day we get to see Prince William in a cowboy hat, but we've gotta say: When he donned one back in 2011, we were into it. 

  • Fresh Faced

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    Upon first glance of this photo, Prince William could almost pass at the older brother of these girls. 

  • College Vibes 

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    This almost doesn't even look like Prince William here! Crazy to think he was once just a college student.

    "Just."

  • Pre-Wedding Date

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    Believe it or not, this was actually just two weeks before the royal wedding in 2011. They're starting to look uber-posh here, but not really. 

  • PDA Times

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    It's crazy to think that, once upon a time, Prince William and Kate Middleton were free-wheeling with their PDAs!

  • Polo Chic 

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    What do we have here? Oh, y'know, just a prince taking a break during a game of polo. No biggie. 

  • The Royal Wedding 

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    All eyes were on Kate Middleton and Prince William the day they got married. If only they knew what was coming. 

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