When Prince William presented his bride-to-be Kate Middleton she was at once familiar – of course, her pretty features have been seen in countless newspaper reports over the years – and a complete mystery.
After all, this is a love the dashing royal fought so fiercely to nurture privately until he felt the time was right for them to be in the spotlight as a couple.
And this week HELLO! reveals the in-depth story of how a shy young teenager from the Home Counties blossomed into the self-assured, young woman, who will become a princess and, in all probability, queen.
Issue number, 1152, contains her baby photos, with her cradled in her mother's arms at just 15 days old, as well as heart-warming images of her growing up.
It is also packed full of anecdotes such as one about her school play.
By then 15 and in the role of the heroine she had a scene, in which a fortune teller prophesied that she'd marry a "rich, handsome gentleman".
Kingsley Grover, the schoolfriend, who played her beau, also rather prophetically called William, told HELLO!: "Back then Kate was completely different, shy and skinny".
"But just look how confident and beautiful she is now".
There is also a detailed report about Kate and William's big day – exactly how the Westminster Abbey ceremony will unfold, The Dress, and her hair and makeup.
Pick up your copy, on sale now, for the full report and interviews.