Kate Middleton


It's been quite a year for Kate Middleton!

The beautiful brunette is turning 32 today, so it only seems right to look back at her event-filled year. Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed her first child with Prince William over the summer last year.

But Kate's 31st year wasn't all about baby, she also managed to balance a jam-packed schedule featuring numerous charity appearances after she gave birth to little Prince George.

While the beginning of 2013 had the entire world on royal baby watch, it wasn't until July 23 that everyone got a glimpse at the baby boy.

Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William

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Kate gave birth to her wee one the day prior at the Lido Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

The always-fashionable Duchess made her first red carpet appearance post-birth in early September at the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London.

She stunned in a sparkly Jenny Packham gown and attending the black tie affair with her doting husband.

But the family of three remained largely out of the public eye until Prince George's christening on Oct. 26.

The proud parents were joined by nearly the entire royal family to celebrate the joyous occasion.

Prince George, Prince William, Kate Middleton

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Official photographs from the event show Queen Elizabeth IIKate holding her son, Prince William, Prince PhillipPrince CharlesCamilla Parker BowlesPrince HarryPippa MiddletonJames Middleton, and Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

November marked a series of charity appearances for the young royal.

Kate visited the head office of Only Connect, a crime prevention charity and positive community helping prisoners, ex-offenders and those at risk of getting into trouble to rebuild their lives.

The very next day, she also made a solo royal appearance at a forum for Place2Be, a charity providing school-based mental health and emotional support services. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

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The new mother then spent the holidays with her family at the Queen's estate in Sandringham.

Between the Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas church services and Boxing Day festivities, it's safe to say that Kate's calendar was booked throughout the end of the year.

And now with the recent news that Prince William is participating in a 10-week program at the University of Cambridge, it seems as though Kate will have a lot more solo time to put the finishing touches on the family's newly renovated Kensington Palace abode.

We can't wait to see what's in store for the Duchess in the coming year!

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