Kate Middleton declined to spend Christmas at Sandringham

This left William silent.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales might be one of the most powerful couples in the world.

Being future King and Queen, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the private lives of Kate and William are of great interest to the wide public and the media who carefully follow their every move.

Having in mind that people love reading about the members of the Firm, especially following the row between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the royals, this family is often surrounded by rumors.

The love story between William and Kate dates back to the time they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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Speaking of the time they first laid eyes on each other, Kate once shared, “I actually went bright red when I met you and scuttled off feeling very shy about meeting you.

“William wasn’t there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn’t there from Fresher’s Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other.”

As their relationship progressed, they received the entire attention from the media. Kate even made a public appearance with the Royals and attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy, which William took part in, along with her family.

And as everyone believed a royal marriage was just around the corner, the two split in 2007.

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Recalling the time of their break up, both Kate and William claimed it was actually good for them because they got to “find themselves.” Kate even said that “you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger,” as per The Telegraph.

The two got back together in 2008 and William proposed to Kate in 2010 during a trip to Kenya with his late mother’s engagement ring.

Before the couple announced their engagement, Kate was nicknamed “Waity Katie” and “Lazy Katie.” According to Buckingham Palace officials, it was a reference to the fact that Middleton had recently quit her job to “prepare for her future life.”

Today, Kate is a much loved member of the royal family.

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Back in the day, while they were still dating, the Queen made an exception and allowed William to incite Kate to the Christmas celebration. According to royal expert and author Tina Brown, Kate was invited to the Christmas party at Sandringham in 2006, although it’s known that only official members of the royal family are allowed to attend it.

Now everyone would think that she was eager to accept the invitation, but allegedly, Kate said no.

“Before graduation [from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst], William had issued his girlfriend the coveted invitation to join him at the Queen’s annual Christmas house party at Sandringham,” Tina Brown wrote in the book The Palace Papers.

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“Kate, reflecting the confident mood of her Philip Treacy hat, maintained her resolve that she would not go to such a significant Royal Family gathering unless she had a ring on her finger.”

Brown added: “She declined. William met her decision with silence.” 

Instead, then 24-year-old Kate “retreated to Scotland to stay with her parents, who had rented a house in Perthshire for the holidays.”

Fast forward to today, William and Kate spend all their Christmases together.

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