In a rather odd twist of fate, today is the anniversary of the engagement announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was the complete opposite of his parents' photocall, which everyone was forced to relive over the weekend thanks to YouTube clips from their Feb. 1981 engagement ("Whatever love means") and the season 4 premiere of "The Crown."
Fortunately William and Kate's day was like watching your friend land the man of her dreams after dating him for what felt like a lifetime (or a little over a decade). Kate wore a silk-jersey blue wrap dress by Issa London, one of her favorite designers at the time, to complement the blue sapphire Garrard ring William proposed with.
Below is the moment the couple walked into the state apartments at St. James's Palace after Clarence House made the announcement (Flash Photography Warning):
William popped the question with his mother's ring in October while the couple vacationed in Kenya. "I'd been planning it for awhile," William said of the proposal, and when it finally happened Kate beamed and said it was "very exciting" (her enthusiasm was palpable. You just want to grab both her hands and jump up and down).
A little tidbit about William and Kate's relationship: They always kept their distance in public -- be it leaving a club or going to a wedding -- but in October 2010 they walked together to friend Harry Meade's wedding (Kate wore an electric blue dress under a black blazer with a wide-brim black hat and looked giddy as heck. No ring, though. She had a secret to keep!). Royal biographer Katie Nicholl picked up the scent right away and knew something was up.
"When they turned up together and went through the front where there were obviously photographers, no one could believe it. It's very unusual and very significant," a source at the church in Gloucestershire told Nicholl at the time.
The couple lived up in Anglesey, Wales while William was a rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force before and after they got engaged. In fact, one of their first engagements after he put a ring on it was at a lifeboat station in the Welsh town.