Biography

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on 9th January 1982 to Michael and Carole Middleton. Kate is the eldest of three children. She has a sister called Pippa and a brother, James. Kate was christened at the parish church of St. Andrew's Bradfield in Berkshire on 20th June 1982. 


The Middleton Family


In May 1984, The Middleton family moved to Amman in Jordan, where Michael Middleton worked for two and a half years. Whilst there Kate attended a nursery school from the age of three. 


The Middleton Family


In September 1986 the Middletons returned to their home in West Berkshire. Kate started school at St Andrew's in Pangbourne. Kate went onto Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she excelled in sports including tennis, hockey and athletics.


The Middleton Family


Kate left Marlborough in 2000 and undertook a gap year in which she studied at the British institute in Florence, undertook a Raleigh International programme in Chile and crewed on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent. 


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In 2001 Kate enrolled at St Andrews University, Fife, Scotland. It was at St. Andrews Kate's life would change forever. No doubt Kate was surprised to see one of her classmates was Prince William. The two became close friends and flatmates before romance flourished. Kate graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art.


The Middleton Family


After completing her degree Kate briefly worked as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw, She also worked for her parents business Party Pieces, a mail order business selling party supplies, where she launched First Birthdays, a junior brand to Party Pieces. Her role within the family business included catalogue design, photography and marketing.


Party Pieces


Kate's hobbies include hill walking, tennis, rowing, swimming, sailing, photography and painting.




William and Kate's broke up briefly in 2007. On 16 November 2010 the couple announced their engagement. Prince William proposed during a holiday in Kenya in October 2010, after asking Michael Middleton for his daughter's hand. William gave Kate, Princess Diana's, diamond and sapphire engagement ring. To watch the full engagement interview please click here.


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On April 29 2011, Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey. The Dean of Westminster, John Hall, presided over the service. Prince Harry was Prince William's best man and Kate's sister Pippa was maid of honour. 1900 guests were invited and the wedding was watched worldwide by over two billion worldwide.


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 Kate's wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton, from Alexander McQueen. The lace, satin gown had a nine feet train. For the reception Kate changed into a strapless dress, also by Burton. The couple had an intimate reception. Elie Goulding performed her version of Elton John's 'Your Song' for their first dance. To relive the big day visit the Official Royal Wedding Site. You can watch the wedding ceremony here.


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After the ceremony the couple joined their families on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where they shared a kiss. You can watch the video here.




Kate's full title is Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus. Below we look at William and Kate's combined coat of arms.






A look at Kate's monogram.




You can visit William and Kate's official site dukeandduchessofcambridge.org.

17 comments:

  1. I like this, girl! Good job on it!

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  2. Do you know what the symbolism of the pink ribbon and green leaves surrounding Catherine's coat of arms is? Is it just traditional for it to be added to all spouses of the royal family? If you don't know that is fine. Nice post!

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  3. I don't know but I'll look in to it :)

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  4. I like you very much !
    Inside lokk is beutiful

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  5. WHEN WILL AN HEIR APPEAR?

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  6. I do wish people would stop speculating about when the Cambridges will start a family. They may have good reasons for wanting to wait a while or may be trying - who knows, but it is nobody's business except theirs. I do feel that this constant public and media speculation is demeaning to Kate, as though the only thing she should be aiming for is having a baby. Annie, UK

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  7. Jennifer Mugabe12 October 2012 22:42

    Charlotte, Thank you for keeping us up to date with our Duchess, I just love her, Looking forward to the 23rd for your post. U are doing a great job xxxx

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    1. That's very kind, thank you Jennifer!

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  8. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your blog <3

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  9. I'm a 57 yr old American and love HRH Cambridges. You two represent your countries with grace, elegance and pride. Watching you two look at each other is so precious because it is so easy to see how much you love each other. It is a beautiful thing. Thank-you for sharing yourselves with the rest of the world.

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  10. An interesting portion on the coat of arms is the chain and lock around the unicorns neck.

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  11. Dear Admin, I love reading your posts on HRH Duchess of Cambridge. It's a pleasure to read them. Kate's a very pretty and perfect royal and your posts make me speechless! Awesome :) :)

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  12. Is it common to have Wedding Parades for the Upper Class or the Royal Class? We don't see wedding parties walking together in the U.S. like those I've seen posted on your site.

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  13. We love you Kate & Willi!!! I wish I could see you one day in my own eyes!!! Love from Sri Lanka! - Dinu

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  14. Just thought I should mention that the officiant for the actual marriage vows (whom you show in the photo) was the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. It was also he who prayed that the couple would be granted "the gift and heritage of children."

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  15. I watch these two young people who carry themselves with such poise, elegance, and class. They have committed themselves to be the future King and Queen and reflect such interest and concern for others. I am so impressed with the sacrifices they have made regarding their privacy and time and how mature they seem to be. I wish them and their adorable baby George much happiness, good health, and prosperity as this New Year begins.

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