You Need to See These Throwback Photos of Kate Middleton Before She Was a Duchess

A beauty evolution.

Getty Images

Before Mia Thermopolis was princess of Genovia, she was a frizzy-haired teenager, played by Anne Hathaway, and also not real. And before Kate Middleton was Duchess of Cambridge, she was a "normal" person, with the same beauty tastes that you had in the '00s. So in honor of our love of nostalgia and Kate Middleton, we delved into the depths of her past to find the 17 best throwback photos of the future queen. See the magic, ahead.

1 of 17
(NO SALES) In this Handout Image provided by Clarence House  www.officialroyalwedding2011.org,  Kate Middleton is pictured aged five.
Getty Images
1987

That time Kate was a literal child, rockin' a middle part since age five.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 17
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Malcolm Clarke/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock (984523a)
Kate Middleton wearing a sheer black lace dress over a bandeau bra and black bikini bottoms
St Andrews University Charity Fashion Show, Scotland, Britain - 26 Mar 2002
Kate Middleton, 19, a friend of Prince William at the university wearing a sheer black lace dress over a bandeau bra and black bikini bottoms. She is believed to be one of his future flatmates in his second year.

Getty Images
2002

That time Kate wore thread-wrapped braids and spiral curls for a fashion show. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 17
Kate Middleton, Prince William'S Girlfriend Arrives At The Society Wedding Of Hugh Van Cutsem Junior To Rose Astor At Burford Parish Church In Burford. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Getty Images
2005

That time Kate wore a half-up ponytail with a twisty, geographic hat.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 17
TETBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 6: Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Prince William, watches the events in the main arena, on the second day of the Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, on August 6, 2005 near Tetbury, England.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2005

That time Kate wore a cowboy hat with extra-blushed cheeks.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 17
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Prince William's girlfriend, Kate Middleton wears a Russian style fur hat to the final day of Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2006

That time Kate hid her flipped-under blowout with...yes, you guess it: a giant fur hat.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 17
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 6: Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Prince Willliam, smiles at the marriage of Laura Parker-Bowles and Harry Lopes at St CyriacOs Church, Lacock, on May 6, 2006 in Wiltshire, England. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2006

That time Kate rested a plume of feathers (okay, a HAT) atop her loose waves.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 17
LONDON - JUNE 14:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME)  Kate Middleton attends party at Bluebird to celebrate The Shop at Bluebird opened by Belle and John Robinson and hosted by Sir Terence and Vicki Conran and Belle and John Robinson, at Bluebird on June 14, 2006 London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2006

That time Kate had the same swoopy side-bangs that you did in 2006.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 17
©2007 RAMEY PHOTO /XPOSURE US ONLY!! 02/02/07 LONDON PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON LOOK RATHER WORSE FOR WEAR AS THEY LEAVE EXCLUSIVE VENUE 'MAHIKI' IN LONDON IN THE EARLY HOURS XP/DBMB2CHIDR (Photo by ©2007 Phil Ramey /X/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)
Getty Images
2007

That time Kate channeled a Victoria's Secret Angel with the most voluminous, bouncy curls and glossy lips.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 17
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton attends the final day of Cheltenham Festival on March 16, 2007 in Gloucestershire, England. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2007

That time Kate brought her love of hats back and wore a beret un-ironically, with pale-pink lipstick and chandelier earrings. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 17
17/09/2008 - LONDON - UK KATE MIDDLETON LEAVING THE DAY-GLO MIDNIGHT ROLLER DISCO CHARITY PARTY HELD AT THE RENAISSANCE ROOM IN LONDON! BYLINE MUST READ: XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM *THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY FOR PAPER AND MAGAZINE USE ONLY - NO WEB ALLOWED USAGE UNLESS PREVIOUSLY AGREED. PLEASE TELEPHONE * (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Getty Images
2008

That time Kate turned into Party Kate and wore smoky eyes with peachy, shimmery cheeks.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 17
SURREY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: (FILE PHOTO) Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, at the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy to watch the passing-out  parade on December 15, 2006 in Surrey, England. Kate Middleton will celebrate her 26th birthday tomorrow on January 9, 2008. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2008

The time Kate rimmed her eyes in thick, black liner, which also matched her thick, black hat.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 17
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 19:  Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman at The Queen's Chapel, St. James's Palace on July 19, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2008

That time Kate clipped her curls back with another hat o' feathers, and then loaded on a layer of bronzer.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 17
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks on August 14, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2009

That time Kate topped her teased, voluminous hair with a salad plate. Sorry, hat.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 17
GLENROTHES, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Middleton visits the University of St Andrews as part of it's 600th anniversary celebrations at University of St Andrews on February 25, 2011 in Glenrothes, Scotland. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2011

That time Kate played around with contoured cheeks and ultra-glossy waves.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
15 of 17
Prince William, And Catherine Middleton Attend The Naming Ceremony And Service Of Dedication Of The Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, "Hereford Endeavour" At Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, In Trearddur Bay, Anglesey. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Getty Images
2011

The first—and possibly only—time Kate wore a ponytail (with another feathered hat), with black-rimmed eyes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
16 of 17
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16:  Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2011

That time Kate announced her engagement with a super-shiny blowout, smudgy brown eyeliner, and nude lipstick. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
17 of 17
<p>That time Kate channeled an actual princess, IRL.&nbsp;</p>
Getty Images
2011

That time Kate channeled an actual princess, IRL. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Beauty