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_ December 2006_ Prince William is commissioned as an army officer in front of the Queen at Sandhurst and joins the Household Cavalry as a second lieutenant. Kate attends the ceremony.

_ April 2007 _ British newspapers report that Prince William and Kate have split up. Prince Charles’ Clarence House office refuses to comment, but does not deny the report.

_ July 2007_ Media in the U.K. report that Prince William and Kate have rekindled their romance.

_ April 11, 2008 _ Kate is seen at Prince William’s side at his graduation ceremony from the Royal Air Force, taken as a signal by royal watchers that their relationship is now serious.

_ June 16, 2008 _ Kate attends the Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle, the first time she has appeared at a formal royal public event.

_ February 2010 _ Asked by a member of the public about the prospect of a royal wedding, Prince William says: “You’ll have to wait a while yet.”

_ October 2010 _ Prince William proposes to Kate Middleton on a private holiday in Kenya.

_ Nov. 16, 2010 _ Clarence House officially announces the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.