22 photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William showing rare PDA

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince William and Kate Middleton showed affection the day of their wedding.

Kate Middleton and Prince William have known each other since they were in college and have been married since 2011. And as many have noticed, they rarely show affection in public.

The reason these two are rarely photographed displaying affection could be related to royal etiquette and professionalism. When in public, Prince William and Middleton represent the British monarchy and it seems like an unwritten rule that royals should remain professional in public – this could include limiting their public displays of affection (PDA).

But there are rare occasions when Middleton and Prince William show PDA – whether it’s a kiss on the cheek, a hug, or even just putting a hand on the other’s back.

Here are 22 times the royal duo displayed affectionate behaviour in public.


The couple celebrated their college graduation with a cosy portrait.

Handout / GettyKate Middleton and Prince William in college.

Middleton and Prince William were friends in college and they both graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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In their early days of dating, they were much more affectionate in public.

Max Mumby/Indigo / ContributorThe photo is over a decade old.

At an Eton-College sports event in 2006, Prince William can be seen kissing Middleton’s cheek. The pair also has their arms wrapped around each other.


They kissed in front of cameras on their wedding day.

John Stillwell – PA Images / ContributorThe pair got married in 2011.

Following their April 2011 wedding at Westminster Abbey, the couple was photographed kissing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.


The newlyweds held hands on their way to their honeymoon.

WPA Pool / PoolThey were walking to a helicopter.

The couple displayed affection while heading out on their honeymoon.


Middleton and Prince William also embraced during their post-wedding tour to Canada.

Samir Hussein / ContributorThe photo was taken in Canada.

Cameras captured their smiles as they hugged in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.


Middleton has also been spotted with her hand on her husband’s back.

Max Mumby/Indigo / ContributorShe had her hand on his back.

In 2011, Middleton and Prince William visited the new Oak Centre for Children and Young People at Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, England.


They don’t hold hands in public often, but Prince William has been seen with his hand on Middleton’s back a few times.

Max Mumby/Indigo / ContributorThey were at a wedding.

While attending the 2012 wedding of Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt in Grantham, England, Prince William could be seen with his hand on Middleton’s back.


In 2012, the public witness another kiss at a polo event.

Bauer-Griffin / ContributorThe photo was taken after the Audi Polo Challenge at Santa Barbara Polo Club in Santa Barbara, California.

While visiting Santa Barbara, California, Middleton congratulated Prince William with a kiss on his cheek following his polo match.


As spectators at the 2012 Olympics, Prince William and Middleton held hands in the stadium seats.

Pascal Le Segretain / StaffThis was during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

While attending an equestrian event at the Summer Olympics in London, the couple held hands and smiled at each other.


When England won an event, Prince William and Middleton hugged.

Pascal Le Segretain / StaffThe photo was taken in London.

Middleton and Prince William seemed full of excitement while watching the London 2012 Olympics.


Middleton and Prince William also tend to hold hands around Christmas.

Chris Jackson / StaffThis photo was taken on Christmas.

The couple was captured holding hands in 2013 at Sandringham in King’s Lynn, England.


Prince William also held Middleton’s hand at a 2014 event in New York.

James Devaney / ContributorThe pair was leaving the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2014, the couple descended the stairs while leaving a special dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


They held hands more times in New York in 2014.

Samir Hussein / ContributorThe pair was visiting New York.

Middleton and Prince William stayed close while heading into The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.


In 2014, the couple again held hands on their way to the Christmas church service.

Chris Jackson / StaffThey are both wearing coats.

On Christmas day in 2014, Prince William held Middleton’s hand in King’s Lynn, England.


In 2015, shortly before Middleton gave birth to Princess Charlotte, Prince William was again seen with his hand on his wife’s back.

Simon James / ContributorThe pair attending a Service of Commemoration for troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Perhaps it was to help steady his wife as she walked down a set of stairs at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. They were there to attend a Service of Commemoration for troops that were stationed in Afghanistan.


Shortly after giving birth in 2015, Middleton was seen holding Prince William’s hand.

After giving birth to Princess Charlotte, Middleton held hands with her husband as the pair left St. Mary’s Hospital in London.


Middleton was captured with her hand on Prince William’s leg during their Royal Tour at the British Columbia Legislature.

Chris Jackson / StaffThe photo was taken in Canada.

In 2016, Middleton and Prince William sat next to Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau while in Victoria, Canada.


During a marathon-related event in 2017, Prince William put his arm around Middleton.

Max Mumby/Indigo / ContributorThe photo was taken in 2017.

At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England, Middleton could be seen smiling with her husband’s arm around her.


In 2017, Middleton and Prince William repeated their Christmas PDA while at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

Chris Jackson / StaffThis photo was also taken on Christmas.

It was the same year that Prince Harry attended the royal holiday festivities with Meghan Markle by his side.

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Prince William seems to often place his hand on Middleton’s back when she is pregnant.

Max Mumby/Indigo / ContributorThey were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

The couple was all smiles at the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Hounslow, England.

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Middleton continued the hand-holding tradition in 2018 after giving birth to Prince Louis.

Karwai Tang / ContributorThe pair has three children.

The couple held hands while leaving St. Mary’s Hospital after Middleton had recently given birth to Prince Louis.


Middleton was photographed putting her hand on Prince William’s thigh during Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.

WPA Pool / PoolThe wedding was in October 2018.

In October of 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of the royal family at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Read more: Kate Middleton wore a hot pink outfit to Princess Eugenie’s wedding that was a huge departure from her usual style

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