Happy birthday, Kate! A look back at Kate Middleton's incredible 33rd year

Kate Middleton Turns 34!
Kate Middleton Turns 34!

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has had a year for the books.

The stunning royal, who turns 34 on Jan. 9, has single-handedly changed the royal family's future forever in the series of a year. During her 33rd year, Middleton gave birth to her daughter, Princess Charlotte, sent her youngest child, Prince George, off to his first day of school and seamlessly handled all if life's big milestones with the grace and elegance we've become accustomed to seeing from her.

It's safe to say that on April 29, 2011, when Prince William exchanged vows with his college sweetheart, he made the best decision ever. Middleton has been by his side every step of the way, while paving her own path by attending plenty of events solo. This year, she's visited dozens of schools, rappelled down mountains, attended royal events, glammed up for movie premieres, cheered on the home team at the Rugby World championships and more. Just check out all the photos below!

Happy birthday, Kate! Cheers to your 34th year being just as full and happy as the past year.