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Before she was married to Prince William, mother of three royal family members and one of the most recognizable, polished and photographed women in the entire world …

… she was plain and simply Catherine Middleton.

As the first commoner to marry an heir to the throne in centuries, it’s no wonder that Kate the Great has captivated millions of fans across the globe over the last decade.

It’s remarkable how far she’s come.

Catherine’s upbringing was relatively humble – anything is more humble than being heir to the throne – as you can see from this photo gallery of the icon through the years.