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William and Kate 1st anniversary: 6 best moments since the Royal Wedding

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on April 29, 2012. In general, the couple's appearances in public have played second fiddle to private lives—secret visits to charities and museums, military service, home-making and the like. Even so, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have made every minute count.

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Here are six of magic moments with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, drawn from their first year of married life.

  • The Royal Wedding: Even a year on, looking at the photographs can bring shivers down the spine. The Royal Wedding was watched by an estimated two billion people worldwide and still gets talked about almost daily.
  • Canada Day: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Canada Day with the Canadians on their first major overseas tour together. The Duchess wore a Canadian red designer hat, and thousands came out to see.
  • Diamond Marshall: Six-year-old Diamond Marshall didn't just have cancer, she'd lost her mother to cancer. The little girl wrote to the Duchess of Cambridge saying that she'd always wanted to meet a princess. She got to hug a Duchess, which was good enough; later in 2011 another dream came true when Diamond Marshall became cancer-free.
  • Underwear: The Duchess of Cambridge didn't mope when Prince William went to the Falklands. She started her working royal career and let it slip that she'd sent boxer shorts to her husband, who was serving in the Falklands on Valentine's Day.
  • Birmingham: The couple showed their appreciation to the people whose shops and homes were destroyed during the August 2011 riots. The Duchess is said to have been amazed at how many rioters—50—fit into one shopkeeper's convenience store.
  • Copenhagen: The British Royals met Danish Royals to tour a UNICEF facility. They donned hard hats and packed a few rescue packages while there. When the Duchess touched her tummy one time too many and declined to try peanut paste, her actions sparked off a pregnancy rumor storm.

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