Like millions of young women, Kate Middleton dreamt of marrying her Prince Charming someday. But unlike most girls, she actually realized that dream. Before Middleton became known all over the world as a potential future Queen of England, she was just an art history student at Scotland's St. Andrew's University who enjoyed socializing with friends and playing sports. That all changed in 2001, after Middleton, a commoner, started dating Prince William Windsor, the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. At first, they managed to keep their romance a secret from the press, but after photographs of the two vacationing together were leaked, all bets were off. Middleton and the Prince's relationship was not all-smooth sailing, however, due in part to the intense media scrutiny. After years of having an on-again, off-again relationship, Prince William proposed to Middleton in November 2010. The royal engagement not only set off a massive media frenzy leading up to their April 29, 2011 wedding day, but it also marked the beginning of Middleton's new life as a modern-day, real-life princess.