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Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton

One day away from UK's royal wedding, Arabian Business traces the couple's journey from friendship to marriage

Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The marriage ceremony of Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton will take place on April 29th at the Westminster Abbey (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The eldest of three children, Catherine Middleton (right) was born on January 9, 1982 into a middle-class family from Berkshire, west of London. She met Prince William at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001, where she read history of art. (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
By April 2004, Kate was going on the annual ski trip to Switzerland with William, his father and his brother Harry, sending the paparazzi into a feeding frenzy (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The couple briefly split up in 2007 after William was posted around the country as part of his military training, according to media reports (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Critics in the tabloid press nicknamed Middleton "Waity Katie" after a marriage date failed to materialise and accused her of doing little with her life beyond waiting for William to pop the question (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Britain's press watchdog received complaints on behalf of Middleton in 2007 after photographers and TV film crews mobbed her outside her London flat, drawing comparisons to the media's obsession with William's mother, the late Princess Diana - who died in a Paris car accident while being pursued by paparazzi (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Their engagement was announced to the world in November 2010. (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The couple marry on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony expected to be watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. They are expected to settle in Anglesey following the wedding (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
William and bride-to-be Kate performed their first official engagement as a couple on February 24, giving them an early taste of the life in the spotlight that awaits them. (Image: Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
International media and hundreds of local well-wishers descended on Trearddur Bay, on the Welsh island of Anglesey, to greet the couple as they attended the launch of a new lifeboat (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Born William Arthur Philip Louis (left) on June 21, 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, west London, Prince William is the elder son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and second in line to the throne (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
William and Kate returned to St Andrews university on February 25, with an official visit to mark the university's 600th anniversary. (Image: Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton is set to overtake Princess Diana as the most talked-about woman in the world's media, according to a study released last week by the Global Language Monitor (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The study compared media citations of Kate Middleton with those of the late Princess Diana, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Charles's wife Camilla Parker Bowles (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
In traditional print and electronic media, Prince William and his fiancée both enjoy double the references than the Queen and quadruple those of Prince Charles (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Some 327 million royal wedding-related pictures will be taken on digital cameras when Britain's Prince William ties the knot with girlfriend Kate Middleton, according to a survey (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The wedding of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton will be streamed live on the internet via an official royal channel - the first time a British royal wedding will be covered in this way (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
April 29's event, expected to be watched by up to two billion people across the globe, will be available on www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel and accompanied by a live multi-media blog assembled by royal officials. (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
St James's Palace, whose officials represent Princes William and Harry, said the feed would be taken from British public broadcaster, the BBC, without a broadcaster's commentary (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Officials said it was the first time a live blog would run alongside a live stream on video-sharing website YouTube for any occasion (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
The royal family, previously seen as out of touch with modern Britain, is making extensive use of the internet and a variety of social media applications in the run-up to the big day (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding invitation as they were prepared for postage at Buckingham Palace, on February 16, 2011 in London, England. \nSenior Gulf royals have begun arriving in London ahead of Friday’s much anticipated royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan was heading to the UK capital for the event directly after holding talks in Washington with US President Barack Obama. The Crown Prince is amongst a number of Arab leaders now congregating in London, including Sheikh Ahmad Hamoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait, the Emir of the State of Qatar and his wife Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned; and Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. (Image: Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Fairy tale romance: Prince William and Kate Middleton
An official souvenir programme to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton is to be sold as a memento of the big day. The programme will include the full order of service that will be used by guests attending the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, a personal message of thanks from the couple, and a previously unseen photo of them taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino