Kate and William have been married for 12 years
The Prince and Princess of Wales tend to keep their relationship formal when in royal visits, rarely showing public displays of affection (PDA) to one another. But there have been a few times when Kate has placed a reassuring hand on Prince William’s back or put her hand on his knee in public. Kate has also been pictured giving her husband a cheeky tap on the behind, showing that even after 12 years of marriage, the pair still can’t keep their hands off of each other. Although the couple have followed the late Queen’s stance on public affection, unlike the likes of other royals like Zara and Mike Tindall, royal fans have appeared delighted to see the very-much in love royal couple. Here, Express.co.uk look at a few times when Kate sent social media into frenzy with her PDA.
July 2011: Kate puckers up in Santa Barbara
After his team won the Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club, Kate leaned into her new husband to give him a congratulatory kiss.
The then-Duchess of Cambridge, aged 29 at the time, was spotted puckering her lips as William leant in to give his wife a kiss on her cheek.
She then took to the sidelines of the field to cheer on her husband on the second day of their royal visit to Southern California.
Kate puckers up her lips
July 2011: Kate holds William’s hand in Canada
Three months after their royal wedding, the future King and Queen took a trip to Canada.
The pair were spotted getting cosy at the start of the Calgary Stampede Parade as Kate held onto William’s hand.
Kate and William, pictured wearing cowboy hats, beamed as they appeared to enjoy the parade.
Kate and William in Canada in 2011
Summer 2012: Kate and Wills get cosy at the London Olympics
The newly-weds were spotted in a show of PDA as they celebrated the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The royal couple were pictured in a sweet embrace as Kate went in to hug Prince William.
William also put his arms around his wife, as the pair appeared in high spirits as they cheered on the teams.
Kate and Wills get cosy at the London Olympic Games in 2012
July 2014: Kate clasps William’s hand in Glasgow
The now-Prince and Princess of Wales were pictured watching Jazz Carlin win the 800m freestyle gold medal at Tollcross Swimming Centre.
The couple left a then-one-year-old Prince George at home to enjoy a date day to the event.
Kate appeared to lean into William and was spotted holding his hand, before laying her hand on his knee.
Moments earlier, Kate was pictured pulling funny faces as William appeared to cool down his wife who was feeling the heat of the summer weather.
Kate and William hold hands in Glasgow in 2014
July 2017: Kate tenderly brushes something off of William’s face at Wimbledon
Kate and William attended the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final in 2017 where they watched Roger Federer play against Marin Cilic.
During the match, the then-Duchess of Cambridge appeared to notice something on William’s face.
She then tenderly touches his face to remove it without a moments thought.
Kate gets something off of William’s face at Wimbledon
2022: Kate kept a reassuring hand on William’s leg in Boston
During a visit to Boston in 2022, the couple attended a games between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at TD Garden.
The outing occurred on their three-day trip for the Earthshot Prize Awards.
The couple shared a rare date where, as the pair had their eyes fixed on the event, Kate placed her hand on William’s leg.
Kate and William, who got married in 2011, delighted royal fans with them also noticing William’s smile as Kate whispered something in his ear.
Kate leaned in to William
2022: Earthshot Prize, Boston
The couple’s trip to Boston occurred during a difficult time for the royals, owing to the announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docuseries, but that didn’t stop the pair showing up all smiles.
During the Earthshot Prize awards, which was the reason for the visit to the States, Kate placed her hand on William’s back – much to the delight of royal fans.
Kate placed her hand on William’s back
2023: Kate taps William on the bum at the BAFTAs
The royal couple attended the BAFTAs back in February, their first appearance there since 2020.
At one point, the Princess of Wales seemed to send royal fans into a frenzy as she appeared to tap William’s bum.
Speaking previously to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James said: “Kate and William had obviously been in flirt mode, chatting, laughing and grinning together and using more eye contact than usual to make this appearance look a bit like a date.”