Biography Catherine 'Kate' Middleton. Kate Middleton or the Fullname Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton was born on 9 January 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England. She is the fiancée of Prince William of Wales. Since their relationship began, Middleton has received widespread media attention and there has been constant speculation that they would eventually marry. On 16 November 2010, the office of the Prince of Wales, at Clarence House, announced that Middleton and Prince William intend to marry in 2011.
Middleton grew up in Berkshire and after attending Marlborough College, went to the University of St Andrews. She met Prince William, also studying there, in 2001. They soon started a relationship, media attention quickly followed, and in 2005 her lawyer complained of harassment. In April 2007, the press reported that William and Middleton had split up. They continued to be friends, and later in 2007 they reunited. Since then, Middleton has attended many high-profile royal events. She has been admired for her fashion sense and has been placed on numerous “best dressed” lists.
Early Life Kate Middleton
Middleton was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, the first of three children of Carole Elizabeth (1955-, née Goldsmith) – an air hostess, in 1980 a stewardess – and Michael Francis Middleton (1949-), a flight dispatcher in 1980 and an airline officer in 1982 for British Airways. Michael and Carole were married on 21 June 1980 at the Parish Church of Dorney, Buckinghamshire. In 1987, they founded their own company, Party Pieces, a mail order firm that sells party supplies and decorations. They have since become millionaires.
Middleton was raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire, and is of overwhelmingly English descent, but with a few distant Scottish and French Hugenot ancestors. Her paternal family came from Leeds, West Yorkshire, and her great-grandmother Olivia was a member of the Lupton family, who were active for generations in Leeds in commercial and municipal work. Carole Middleton’s maternal family, the Harrisons, were working class labourers and miners from County Durham. Middleton has two siblings, Philippa “Pippa” Charlotte and James William. Pippa Middleton, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, has received press coverage since her sister became famous, with focus on her relationships and lifestyle.
Education Kate Middleton
Middleton was educated at St. Andrew’s School in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire in South East England, and Marlborough College, a co-educational independent school in the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire in South West England, followed by the University of St Andrews in the town of St Andrews in Fife in Mid Scotland and Fife, where she met Prince William, and graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) in the History of Art.
Relationship Kate Middleton with Prince William
Middleton’s unsubstantiated status as the girlfriend of Prince William brought her widespread media coverage in the UK and abroad, and she was often photographed on her daily outings. On 17 October 2005, she complained through her lawyer about harassment from the media, stating that she had done nothing significant to warrant such publicity.
In February 2006, it was announced that Middleton would receive her own 24-hour security detail supplied by the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department. This fueled further speculation that she and Prince William would soon be engaged, since she would not, otherwise, be entitled to this service. No engagement occurred, and Middleton was not granted an allowance to fund this security. However, media attention greatly increased around the time of Middleton’s 25th birthday in January 2007, prompting warnings from both Prince Charles and Prince William and from Middleton’s lawyers, who threatened legal action. As a result, two newspaper groups, News International, which publishes The Times and The Sun, and the Guardian Media Group, publishers of The Guardian, decided to refrain from publishing paparazzi photographs of her.
Middleton attended at least one event as an official royal guest, Prince William’s Passing Out Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 15 December 2006.
Breakup and reconciliation Kate Middleton
On 14 April 2007 The Sun newspaper broke a “world exclusive” suggesting that Prince William and Kate Middleton had split up. Other media outlets such as the BBC confirmed the story as the day progressed. The couple decided to break up during a holiday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt. Clarence House made only one comment about the relationship’s end, according to The Times, stating, “We don’t comment on Prince William’s private life.” Newspapers speculated about the reasons for the split, although these reports relied on anonymous sources. The original report in The Sun quoted a “close friend of the couple” as saying that Middleton felt William had not been paying her enough attention. The paper highlighted reports that William had been spending time with other young women, and said the Prince, aged 24 at the time of the split, felt he was too young to marry.
A report in the Daily Mail blamed a desire by royal courtiers not to “hurry along” a marriage announcement, and William’s desire to enjoy his bachelor status within his Army career. The Mail also suggested that William’s friend Guy Pelly encouraged the Prince to take a “careless approach” to relationships. The same article suggested that Middleton had “expected too much” in wanting William to demonstrate his commitment to her.
In June 2007, Middleton and Prince William insisted they were “just good friends” following reports of a reconciliation. Middleton and her family attended the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium; however, she and William sat two rows apart. The couple were subsequently seen together in public on a number of occasions, and several news sources, including the BBC and the Daily Mail, stated that they had “rekindled their relationship.” Middleton also joined William and Charles on a deerstalking expedition at Balmoral and attended the wedding of William’s cousin, Peter Phillips, even though William, due to a prior commitment, did not. In April 2008, Middleton accompanied Prince William when he was awarded his RAF wings at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. On 16 June 2008, Middleton attended William’s investiture into the Order of the Garter along with the Royal Family.
On 16 November 2010, Clarence House announced that the two are to marry in 2011. The couple became engaged in October 2010 in Kenya, East Africa, during a 10-day trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to celebrate William’s passing his RAF helicopter search and rescue course. The wedding is scheduled for spring or summer of 2011. It is customary for royal men to receive a dukedom when they marry – the suggested dukedoms are the Dukedom of Clarence, Dukedom of Cambridge, Dukedom of Connaught or Dukedom of Sussex; Kendal, Avondale, and Strathearn have all also been mooted. As the wife of a royal duke and prince, Middleton would assume the courtesy title of duchess as well as the style of Her Royal Highness.
If William is not given a dukedom or some lower title in his own right, she would be known as “Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales”, the female equivalent to her future husband’s title. Should William become Prince of Wales, Kate will revert to the female equivalent of the title. Finally, should William succeed to the throne, it is assumed that Kate will become Queen Consort.
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