Prince William and Kate have marked plenty of special days recently.
In April they celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary and two of their three children have had birthdays during lockdown as well.
And Tuesday is another special day for the couple. It’s nine years since their first public engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
On 9 June, 2011, the couple carried out their first event as a married couple, and the pictures show they were a pair of happy newlyweds.
Back before they had kids, the couple got dressed up and attended the ARK gala dinner in London.
Kate, now 38, wore a rose sequinned Jenny Packham dress, which cost £2,685, with LK Bennett sandals and a Prada clutch bag. Her earrings were from Links of London.
William, now 37, looked smart in a black dinner jacket. The pair stepped out of a blue Jaguar as they arrived.
It wasn’t too long a journey for the couple either - the event was held in Perks Field, Kensington Palace. The couple had moved into Kensington Palace in the same month, having lived in an apartment in Clarence House before their wedding.
On the guest list as well as the duke and duchess was Liz Hurley, Jemima Khan and Colin Firth according to The Daily Telegraph.
The event used to raise millions of pounds for the Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) charity every year, starting with attendees paying £5,000-£10,000 for tickets.
One year, the auction alone raised £14m. In 2011, the guests were treated to a champagne reception which featured entertainment from a team of Mexican divers who performed an acrobatic display, forming a giant orange “10” to acknowledge it being the 10th gala dinner.
The three course dinners included Kobe beef and a trio of desserts.
On this day 2011.Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William made their first public appearance as a married couple when they attended the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace…— Rookie (@royalfocus1) June 9, 2020
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The throwback to the event was noticed by royal photographer Tim Rooke, and royal fans were thrilled to see the old pictures, remarking on them being a “beautiful couple”.
ARK was founded in 2002 by a group of hedge fund financiers, Arpad Busson, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace.
It ended its lavish gala dinners in 2013 as the world continued to grapple with the recession.
It was early days in the couple’s marriage and royal work, so the Royal Foundation at this time was still named after Prince William and Prince Harry.
In an address, William said: “My brother, Catherine and I hope to use our philanthropy as a long-term catalyst for meaningful change.”
He also joked about how he would explain the event to his grandmother, saying: "I would like to share with you the conversation I am going to have with my grandmother tomorrow as I try and describe this; the swimming pool outside and the men wearing the most tight speedos I have ever seen in my life.
"Arki (Busson) did mention to me on the way in that if records are broken tonight he would actually don a pair of those speedos for the rest of this evening."
Over the years, ARK raised £100m for schools around the world with its galas.