Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Kate Middleton

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It was quite a year to be a prince, especially if you happened to be the eldest boy of the Mountbatten-Windsor clan, aka Britain's royal family. In April, when Prince William married longtime love Kate "Duchess Catherine" Middleton, Americans woke up early to watch every elegant moment.

The event, filled with pomp (not to mention one or two amazing hats) did not disappoint, and the royal couple has been wowing the world ever since! From their whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to the inevitable baby rumors, from our introduction to party princess Pippa Middleton to the Prince William's daring rescue mission, William and Catherine have helped make 2011 a year to remember! Relive all the glamour in the top 10 royal moments!

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