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William and Kate mark first wedding anniversary

2012-04-29 06:05:24 GMT2012-04-29 14:05:24(Beijing Time)

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss as they stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London in this April 29, 2011 file photograph. Kissing as a romantic sense of expression is believed to have begun in India, where an epic poem called the Mahabharata - believed to have been written about 1000 BCE - included history's first recognizable descriptions of romantic kissing. (REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files)

Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to crowds in the 1902 State Landau carriage in London on their wedding day on April 29. The couple celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday. (AFP Photo)

Britain's Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the British Premiere of "African Cats" at the BFI Southbank in London April 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a charity event for Absolute Return for Kids, ARK, in London, June, 9, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch some bull riding while wearing western clothing and cowboy hats in Calgary, Alberta July 7, 2011. The Prince and his wife are on a royal tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama (R) talk to Britain's Prince William (2nd L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, in London May 24, 2011. (REUTERS Photo)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Goldsmith's Hall in the City of London, following a reception to celebrate the centenary of the expedition to the South Pole by Scott-Amundsen, Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Prince William and his wife Catherine celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday, marking the milestone in private after two billion TV viewers watched them wed in 2011.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said they would enjoy the day "privately", having spent the weekend "with friends who have a celebration".

British newspapers lined up to praise the pair who have been credited with reviving public interest in the monarchy.

"Kate the Great wins us over," the Sunday Times said, while the Sunday Telegraph said of the royal family: "It's only been 12 months and already we wonder: how did they ever manage without her?"

Even the traditionally anti-monarchist Independent produced a "cut-out-and-weep guide" on Saturday to the couple's first 12 months.

After honeymooning in the Seychelles, William and Catherine toured Canada and California and made polished public appearances in Britain, with more ahead for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee in June and the London Olympics.

Catherine, known to many as Kate, appears to have taken to the royal life with ease and has become a fashion trendsetter, even appearing on Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.

Here are some of our favorite highlights from their first year of wedded bliss.



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