What with the whole marrying a prince and shooting to international fame thing, I think it's safe to say that 2011 was a pretty damn good year to be a Middleton.
But besides the obvious (fairy-tale wedding, designers vying to dress them, etc), Kate and Pippa triumphed in several other ways: They set trends, broke records (or helped to), traveled the globe, and had thousands of women doing lunges and squats in an effort to get that perfect Middleton bum.
Read on to relive the best Middleton moments from 2011.
The Royal Wedding Okay this one's pretty obvious, right? You couldn't have gone through the year without hearing (probably incessantly) about this truly epic wedding. Billions (seriously, billions) tuned into watch as Kate went from ordinary gal, to Duchess (and princess-in-waiting). Her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown, which
Pippa's Bum Makes an Appearance Of course, while some say the Royal Wedding gave us a princess, we'd like to say what it really gave us was a lovely bum. Pippa's to be exact. Her rear-end sparked a frenzy almost immediately after the wedding aired: Within hours there was a
Kate Sports Zara Day After Wedding There's something about a woman who can wear a $400,000 wedding gown one day, and then a polyester frock from Zara the next. And that's precisely what keeps us riveted to her every sartorial move.
Kate and Wills North American Tour This was when we truly got to know K.Mid's classy and demure style. She wore lots Issa, Erdem, with even some Canadian labels like Smythe thrown in.
Kate Dons a Potato Chip Hat Kate made snack food a whole lot chicer when she attended Zara Phillips' wedding, wearing a hat that strongly recalled a Pringle chip. Even cooler:
Kate's Selling Power If there's one thing 2011 proved for Kate Middleton, it's that the girl can sell anything. Literally. Whatever she wears seems to fly off the shelves almost instantly. Case in point: This bandage dress from Reiss, which K.Mid wore to meet the Obamas, sold out within hours, increasing the site's traffic a whopping 500%. Even more impressively, that sheer dress she wore way back in 2002 for a student fashion show--the provocative dress that first caught Prince Wills' eye--sold at auction this year for $125,000.
Kate's Wedding Dress Attracts Record Number of Visitors to the Palace Kate's Sarah Burton for McQueen wedding gown attracted more than 600,000 people to Buckingham Palace when it was put on display in late July, smashing the previous record of 420,000 visitors.