Kate Middleton’s 27th birthday was the last time she saw Prince William before they began part of their long-distance relationship when he took a job at the RAF based three hours from London in Shropshire
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After a decade of marriage, a long courtship and a solid pre-romantic friendship, the Duchess of Cambridge has spent many happy birthdays with her husband Prince William.
And as he approaches her milestone’s 40th birthday this weekend, we’m sure William, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will be busy making sure it’s a day to remember.
However, there is one birthday that Kate might want to forget – that was when she turned 27 and was forced to say an emotional goodbye to her future husband after he made a decision that made her “crushed”.
In September 2008, when there were several rumors that Wills was ready to ask the question, it was officially announced that he was going to join the RAF – a decision that came as a surprise to his family and his girlfriend.
After just completing missions with each section of the armed forces, William had two choices – to return to the House Cavalry or leave the forces and begin his royal duties.
For William, the RAF career path would give him extra time and freedom before starting his royal journey full time, giving him an independent life that his grandmother and father were denied.
But for Kate, it was apparently a step back, as everyone expected her to marry the prince and start her royal life.
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In her book, Kate: The Future Queen, royal expert Katie Nicholl writes: “With the only decision, Kate’s life was turned upside down.
“She had expected a courtship when William had completed his military education, but instead she was forced to accept that there would be no engagement right now.
“Kate would have to wait even longer.”
Williams’ new job would involve 18 months of training in Shropshire followed by two years at a remote location somewhere in the UK.
Katie writes: “Was Kate ready to join him? She supported his wishes and ambitions, but privately she was crushed.
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“William asked her to be an army woman – without the wedding. Her frustration was understandable.”
In the weeks that followed, Kate and William spent some quality time together in Scotland, where they lived until New Year, and Kate went on holiday with her family, but as her birthday approached, it was time for the next stage of the prince’s life begins in the RAF.
Katie writes that William was convinced that their relationship would survive the long distance, with the Shropshire base about three hours away from London.
But she claims Kate found it even harder when all their friends settled down and she was left behind.
She writes: “For Kate, it was a step back. It seemed like everyone was getting married except her.
“As she approached her 27th birthday, Kate’s plan to marry children when she was thirty looked more and more unlikely.”
However, the couple managed to make it work, and William would regularly drive the 130-mile drive back to Bucklebury to see Kate.
And in late 2010, William finally made things official, falling to his knees and asking the question.
The rest say they are history when they got married in Westminster Abbey months later and almost 11 years later are the parents of three beautiful children.