EVER since her relationship with Prince William began, Kate Middleton, now the Princess of Wales has been surrounded by a tight knit group of friends.
Their close group of friends is filled with university pals, school friends, and even other royals, all of whom have been by their side for every important milestone, from her engagement and wedding to William, to welcoming their three children.
But who makes up this tight knit circle?
Lady Laura Meade and James Meade
James, who is the son of olympian Richard Meade, attended Eton College with Prince William back in 2000, and the pair have remained close friends ever since.
William and Kate have also become close to James’s wife Lady Laura Meade, he daughter of Julian Marsham, 8th Earl of Romney.
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James served as one of the prince’s ushers at the royal wedding in 201, with Prince William performing the role of usher at his Etonian friend's big day, just two years later.
Lady Laura is Prince Louis' godmother and James is Princess Charlotte's godfather.
Emilia attended Marlborough College with Kate, with their friendship continuing to last all these years later.
During the royal couple’s brief split in 2007, Emilia and Kate jetted off for a trip to Ibiza.
Emilia’s husband David was another member of Prince William’s Etonian cohort.
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She is one of Prince George's godmothers, and is reported to have helped Kate re-decorate both Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall.
Oliver Baker attended St. Andrew's University, alongside Kate and William and has since remained close to the royal couple.
He is another of Prince George's godparents.
Sophie Carter is close not just to William and Kate, but to both the Middleton and royal families, attending Pippa Middleton's wedding and Prince Harry and Meghan's royal nuptials.
She is Princess Charlotte's godmother, who served as a bridesmaid at Sophie’s wedding.
Sophie remains close to the Waleses, and has been photographed alongside them at a number of events including Wimbledon to the Christmas Day Church service in Norfolk that the royals traditionally attend.
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Sophie even joined the Cambridges during their skiing vacation in 2016.
Thomas van Straubenzee
Thomas van Straubenzee is one of Prince William’s closest friends, with the pair having attended Ludgrove prep school together.
He served as an usher at his pal’s wedding, with William taking the same role at Thomas's 2013 nuptials.
Thomas was previously in a relationship with Sophie Carter, and while the two did not work out they’ve both remained close to the royal couple.
Thomas is Princess Charlotte's godfather.
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Hannah Carter, nee Gillingham, is one of Kate's best friends from her school days, remaining close she has since also befriended Kate’s husband.
Both William and Kate attended her wedding to Robert Carter, which coincided with the royal couple's first wedding anniversary.
Hannah is one of Prince Louis' godparents.
Guy Pelly quickly became friends with both Prince William and Prince Harry after they met during a fox hunt in 2001.
The night-club owner helped organise William's bachelor party, and both princes attended his own wedding in 2014.
He is another one of Prince Louis' godfathers.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Since joining the royal family in 2011, Kate has become close friends with her fellow royal wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who married Prince Edward in 1999.
The pair have been photographed at numerous events with one another, including Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, and other royal weddings.
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