The Duchess of Cambridge was never very far from the headlines this year.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in a fairytale ceremony in 2011, Britain was ecstatic. A year later, when Buckingham Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, the country erupted in delight again. However controversy came calling, when two Australian radio jockeys staged a prank call to the hospital where Kate was admitted, and the nurse Jacintha Saldanha (a Briton of Indian origin) who disclosed information about her pregnancy, committed suicide. The jockeys apologized but that didn't quell the international outrage that followed.
Kate's year has been full of similar ups and downs. While holidaying with her husband, paparazzi managed to capture topless photos of her and these were published in the French magazine, Closer. The royal family took the publishers of the gossip mag to court, and the magazine was barred from publishing any more photos of her. The court also ordered the magazine to hand over all such photos to the royal family.
On the brighter side, Kate's impeccable style continued to make her a favourite with fashion pundits everywhere. She was named one of the top searched celebrities for fashion by mycelebrityfashion.co.uk. She also made numerous appearance, with and without her hubby, across the globe and made her first official speech abroad in Malaysia this year.
The year 2013 will see Kate give birth to a royal baby, and her pregnancy is bound to be covered closely by the press. Let's hope more controversy doesn't dog the pretty lady, who seems to have had enough for a lifetime in just a year of marrying Prince William!
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