Prince William, Catherine, Kate Middleton

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A year ago today, Americans—or, OK, seriously Anglophilic Americans—woke up at an obscenely early hour to catch the wedding of the century. (Remember: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt aren't married yet.) The groom wore his honorary Irish Guards uniform. The bride wore Sarah Burton lace and the glow reserved for a woman about to become a princess:

And there, at the famous Westminster Abbey, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, giving the world the fairy-tale royal wedding they'd been waiting for.

Since then, Will and Kate have stepped out on two official tours; spurred a slew of baby rumors; introduced the world to their dog; sparked a dozen fashion frenzies; met the Obamas; charmed stars like J.Lo and Reese Witherspoon; and generally slathered the planet with their modern-day royal glam. The couple's stardom has not been limited to their own Kensington pad; they've made other tabloid stars along the way, Kate's sister Pippa Middleton, not the least among them.

What's next for the couple—besides more baby rumors, we mean? Who knows? But in the meantime, let's wish the duke and duchess the happiest of anniversaries, and hope they keep on giving us awesome pictures like these.

PHOTOS: Prince William & Kate Middleton: Their Greatest Newlywed Moments

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