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Kate Middleton’s heartbreaking regret after engagement to Prince William

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The couple had been dating for nine years before Prince William finally proposed. The big moment arrived during a trip to Kenya in October 2010 as the couple enjoyed a holiday retreat near Mount Kenya. Prince William would later reveal that he carried his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his rucksack for three weeks before proposing.

He said that he was terrified of losing it.

Kate called the moment "very romantic" and admitted that the proposal had come as a "total shock".

The young couple decided to keep the engagement a secret for a couple of weeks before making it public.

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The Duke and Duchess finally wed the following spring in April 2011 (Image: Getty)

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Prince William and Kate announce their engagement (Image: Getty)

They went to great lengths to hide the news even from most of their own families and friends.

But then tragedy struck. Just days before Prince William and Kate were due to announce their engagement, Kate's grandfather Peter tragically passed away.

He was the Duchess' last living grandparent.

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Kate shows off her engagement ring (Image: Getty)

Recalling the incident in her book "Kate: The Future Queen", Katie Nicholl wrote: "Kate was deeply saddened not to have had the chance to tell her grandfather that she was engaged to William."

Prince William accompanied his fiancee to the funeral and the announcement of their engagement was postponed until November 16.

The Duke and Duchess wed in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show their support for NHS staff with their children (Image: Getty)

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The royal couple had been dating for nine years before Prince William finally proposed (Image: Getty)

Kate wore a stunning lace and satin wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton.

Queen Elizabeth II also loaned her the Cartier Halo tiara for the grand occasion.

The royal couple are now parents to three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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