The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their paper anniversary on Sunday
Before they were married, Kate and William were like any young, loved-up couple.
They made the most of their secluded cottage in Anglesey and enjoyed doing things any normal couple would like: ordering pizza, eating out, doing the weekly shop or popping to their local, The White Horse, on William’s Ducati motorbike.
They even took trips to London to hang out with friends in clubs like Raffles and Whisky Mist.
But since the wedding it’s been a different story, with 50 days apart, 135 royal engagements and two months away from home.
Any plans they make have to be authorised by their security team, safety checks have to be made on any locations they visit and they have to travel with bodyguards at all times.
It’s hard to imagine how this wouldn’t have an impact of their relationship, especially when Kate has to inform her aides when she wants to do something as simple as cook William a romantic dinner on his first night back from the Falklands , or pick him up from the airport herself.
But in true Kate style, she seems to be taking the transition – which she’s been receiving counselling for since before the wedding – in her stride.
However, the hardest thing for her is the amount of time she’s having to spend away from William.
The six weeks he spent completing his marine pilot training in the Falklands have been especially difficult.
Particularly as it meant they missed their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, although Wills made sure Kate received a card and flowers.
He also bought Kate a Cocker Spaniel puppy they named Lupo to keep her company while he was gone, but still, Kate confessed she “missed him terribly” even telling a fellow marine pilot wife, “I don’t know how you manage, I miss William so much when he goes away.”
She’s got him back with her now – but with the Olympics , the Queen’s Jubilee and their Malaysian tour this summer, it doesn’t look like they’ll have much quiet couple time.
Luckily, William has got plans for things to be a little different in 2013.
“William has told Kate that next year is going to be ‘their year’,” a source has said.
“He says she’s made him ‘the proudest man on earth’ with how she’s handled the past year but he recognises they need to spend some time together as a couple.”
We look forward to seeing it…
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