Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, the Duchess of Cambridge was a five-month-old commoner by the time England’s second-in-line was born inside St. Mary’s Lindo Wing.
31 year later, the new mother walked out of that hospital’s very same wing with a son of her own, who will one day ascend the throne after his father and grandfather.
The future Queen Consort has made a lasting impact since joining the royal family, making history as a woman with middle-class roots who will one day rule one of the oldest and most powerful monarchies in the world.
What better way to toast such greatness than with 32 photos of Catherine in her snazzy hats, hmm? After all, it was she who once declared that Prince William was “so lucky to be going out” with her when someone deigned to suggest the opposite.