12 facts you definitely didn't know about Kate Middleton

Fairy tales and animated movies have groomed the way we think of a "princess." From a young age, we're taught that princesses go hand in hand with glamorous balls, evil stepmothers and enviable crowns. These stories paint a picture of a damsel-in-distress, a woman who is helpless until she is saved by a kiss from a handsome prince.

But today's princesses are different. Even though Kate Middleton isn't officially a princess, she's one in our eyes, plus some. Even before she met Prince William, she was on a mission to save the world. From a teenage volunteer in Chile to athlete, mom and one of the biggest humanitarians in the UK today, she's set a royal precedent.

In honor of the Duchess's 35th birthday, watch the video above to learn about the ways Kate Middleton redefined being a princess.

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Kate's 35 best looks for her 35th birthday
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Kate's 35 best looks for her 35th birthday
Kate Middleton's best looks
One of our all-time favorites, this Jenny Packham gown she wore in 2012 is just perfection.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Her custom-made Jenny Packham frock for showing off newborn Prince George was simple, pretty and just right.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Duh, a list of her best looks couldn't possibly exclude her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown!
Kate Middleton's best looks

Kate looked so beautiful in plum on Christmas Day 2016, holding little Charlotte in her Hobbs coat.

Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate's white eyelet Zimmermann dress was one of our favorite looks of the royal tour to Australia and New Zealand.
Kate Middleton's best looks
We know Kate loves lace (and so do we) so we were big fans of this Erdem dress with lace-accented shoulders.
Kate Middleton's best looks
We loved her canary yellow Jenny Packham dress, even if the wind at the Calgary International Airport sought to fight with it! 
Kate Middleton's best looks
During her first pregnancy Kate was radiant in polka dots -- plus the dress is from Topshop, so it's even better!
Kate Middleton's best looks

We love when Kate switches it up, and this Aquazarra dress she wore to a school visit in 2016 is absolutely gorgeous.

Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate looked lovely at the BAFTA awards in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Kate Middleton's best looks
One of everyone's favorite dresses, Kate wore Issa for the couple's engagement photos.
Kate Middleton's best looks
While visiting New York City in 2015, Kate looked glamorous in Jenny Packham.
Kate Middleton's best looks
This military-style ensemble by Alexander McQueen is one of our favorites.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate attended a film premiere in this gorgeous dress by Matthew Williamson, and the designer added the embellishment along the neckline just for her.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate looked pretty as can be in this coatdress by Jesire.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Shortly before welcoming baby George, Kate wore a custom dress and jacket by Jenny Packham to the Queen's Coronation celebration.
Kate Middleton's best looks

During a visit to Scotland, Kate shined in a vibrant blue Christopher Kane coat. 

Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate's emerald Emilia Wickstead coatdress is gorgeous - and perfect for St. Patricks day.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate looked lovely in floral Erdem.
Kate Middleton's best looks
This Emilia Wickstead dress that Kate wore during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand was delightfully bright.
Kate Middleton's best looks
We were so bummed to know this primrose lace dress is by an independent designer, because we want it!
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate looked perfect in Alexander McQueen for George's christening.
Kate Middleton's best looks
One of Kate's favorite dresses (and one of ours!) she has worn this Temperley London gown a few times.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate looked every bit the Princess in this custom creation by Jenny Packham.
Kate Middleton's best looks
The Duchess is stunning in this emerald dress by the brand Mulberry.
Kate Middleton's best looks
This slate blue-gray coat by Alexander McQueen is gorgeous, an elegant look for Easter mass in Australia.
Kate Middleton's best looks
And duh, wedding dress part 2! 
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate's powder blue Emilia Wickstead dress was this editor's favorite maternity look.
Kate Middleton's best looks
We're obsessed with this Alexander McQueen piece -- Kate looks fierce!
Kate Middleton's best looks
The best part about this Orla Kiely dress is that the pattern is small birds! Too cute.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate had a very colorful pregnancy, here in a bespoke coat by Mulberry.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate stunned at SportsBall in Temperley London.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Kate may have worn her belt upside-down on this MaxMara coat, but we still loved it.
Kate Middleton's best looks
It's easy to look fashionable in thousand dollar dresses, but the Duchess can dress down, too!
Kate Middleton's best looks
Alexander McQueen, of course. And isn't this coat amazing?
Kate Middleton's best looks
The Duchess looked pretty in a grey shift dress by Roksanda Ilincic.
Kate Middleton's best looks
Okay, we did 36 because HOW CUTE. And, hey, stripes are totally fashionable. 
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