Kate Middleton said herself that the thought of entering the royal family was something of a "daunting prospect"
But just how much will the future queen's life change when she becomes a part of the House of Windsor?
The first difference to affect the princess-to-be will be that she will immediately enjoy round-the-clock security from Scotland Yard bodyguards.
William is apparently keen to avoid the pitfalls that certain royal other-halves have experienced.
The Countess of Wessex caused controversy for the family when her PR company was the subject of a tabloid sting, and the business endeavours of Sarah, Duchess of York, have often led to unfavourable headlines.
Indeed, when asked why he had waited so long to get engaged, William said he had wanted "to learn some lessons from the past".
Kate is perhaps better prepared for embarking on life as a royal than some the other wives, as she's had time to adjust to life in the spotlight.
Eight years as William's other half has helped her learn how to deal with the media and intense public interest.
But in the light of all this, if she can't pursue what could be described as a 'normal' career, what will Kate do? It's understood that the elegant brunette favours the idea of being a stay-at-home RAF wife but will take on a small number of royal patronages.
The bride-to-be has done charity work for Starlight Children's Foundation in the past – amongst other things, organising a charity roller disco.
And it's thought this is an area of interest that she will now step up as she moves further and further into the public eye.
Children are also part of the couple's future plans, and although they might not start adding to their family immediately, William hinted that day might not be far off.
"I think we'll take it one step at a time. We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids," he said.
"But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that."