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2006

After years together Beyoncé starts getting a bit of wedding fever. She tells Cosmopolitan, “I don’t know when I’ll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister’s wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I’d want. I don’t think I want a big one.” She even says that her fellow Destiny’s Child members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, will be her bridesmaids.

April 2008

It’s evident that Beyoncé’s 2006 interview was foreshadowing her eventual secret wedding on April 4, 2008. The wedding date is also significant (4/4) because of the couple’s love and frequent use of the number. The wedding is “very emotional,” according to a People source.

August 2008

Their secret wedding was not so secret anymore. During an interview with Vibe, Jay-Z explains why he and his wife want to keep the personal details of their relationship out of the public eye. “You’ll go insane in this type of business,” he says. “You have to have something that’s sacred to you and the people around you.” He’s not wrong.

2011

After much speculation, Beyoncé finally admits that she’s pregnant. While performing “Love on Top” at the VMAs, she tells the crowd, “I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside me.”

Sadly, a couple of years later, she reveals that it wasn’t her first pregnancy. In her documentary Life Is but a Dream, she discusses her miscarriage. “I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life… being pregnant was very much like falling in love,” she says. “[Early into the pregnancy] I flew back to New York to get my checkup—and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”

January 2012

The Knowles-Carter dynasty grows when Bey and Jay welcome their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in New York City on January 7, 2012.

February 2012

The world gets to meet Blue! Like the icon she is, Beyoncé shares the first photos of her daughter in a unique way. She posts them on Tumblr, writing, “We welcome you to share in our joy.”

January 2013

Bey reminds the world of her talent and her influence by performing a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.