PHOTOS: Here’s Proof That Even Kate Middleton Had An Awkward Phase

So we all agree that Kate Middleton is basically a perfect specimen of a human being, right? Right.

But wait! As it turns out, she didn’t just come out of the womb a shiny haired, 5’10, perpetually-smiling Duchess. No, even Ms. Middleton went through some growing pains during her years at St. Andrew’s, the elementary school she attended for nine years. And now we have the chance to bear witness to this phase of her life, thanks to some pictures unearthed by the intrepid photographers who tagged along on her visit to the school today.

Sporty girl that she is, Kate was on quite a few teams back in the day, including tennis, field hockey, and rounders, which is sort of like a British version of baseball. Lucky for us, St. Andrew’s kept photos of the teams, including the smiling, slightly awkward-looking future royal. Now there’s no headgear or bowl cuts involved, but still, middle school is middle school and pretty much no one looks good while they’re in it. Plus, did we mention she’s 5’10? That’s some guaranteed gangliness right there.

And Kate didn’t always play field hockey in high heels and Alexander McQueen. Nope, she wore standard issue polo shirts and knee socks, just like the rest of us.

Behold! The Duchess of Cambridge, as you’ve never seen her before:

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