Kate Middleton

Like millions of young women, Kate Middleton dreamt of marrying her Prince Charming someday. But unlike most girls, she actually realized that dream. Before Middleton became known all over the world as a potential ... Read more »
Born: 01/09/1982 in Berkshire, Reading, GB

Biography

Like millions of young women, Kate Middleton dreamt of marrying her Prince Charming someday. But unlike most girls, she actually realized that dream. Before Middleton became known all over the world as a potential future Queen of England, she was just an art history student at Scotland's St. Andrew's University who enjoyed socializing with friends and playing sports. That all changed in 2001, after Middleton, a commoner, started dating Prince William Windsor, the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. At first, they managed to keep their romance a secret from the press, but after photographs of the two vacationing together were leaked, all bets were off. Middleton and the Prince's relationship was not all-smooth sailing, however, due in part to the intense media scrutiny. After years of having an on-again, off-again relationship, Prince William proposed to Middleton in November 2010. The royal engagement not only set off a massive media frenzy leading up to their April 29, 2011 wedding day, but it also marked the beginning of Middleton's new life as a modern-day, real-life princess.

Relationships

Charlotte of Cambridge

Daughter
Born in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

George of Cambridge

Son
Born in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

Prince Charles Actor

Father-In-Law

Michael Middleton

Father
Owned mail order company Party Pieces with wife Carole

Carole Middleton

Mother
Owned mail order company Party Pieces with husband Michael

Pippa Middleton Actor

Sister
Born Sept. 6, 1983; served as Maid of Honor at sister's wedding to Prince William

James Middleton

Brother
Born April 15, 1987

Camilla Parker Bowles Actor

Mother-In-Law

Prince William of Wales Actor

Husband
Met during a 2001 fashion show at St. Andrew's University Engaged October 2010; officially announced engagement Nov. 16, 2010 Married April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey

Prince Henry of Wales Host

Brother-In-Law
Born Sept. 15, 1984

Milestones

2015

Gave birth to second child Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

2013

Gave birth to George Alexander Louis, also known as Prince George of Cambridge

2012

In December, announced pregnancy with her and Prince William's first child

2012

Named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by <i>Time</i> magazine

2011

Married Prince William on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London; given title Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge; also named The Countess of Strathearn

2011

Officially became a patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which was renamed The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

2010

Became engaged to Prince William while on vacation in Kenya October 2010; he gave her 12-carat sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to his late mother Diana; engagement announced to public on Nov. 16, 2010

2006

Attended Prince William's graduation from the Royal Military Academy; considered her first appearance as the Prince's girlfriend at a high-profile public event

2006

Landed job as an accessory buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw

2001

Enrolled at St. Andrew's University in Scotland to study art history; met future husband Prince William Windsor during a fashion show

Attended Marlboro College, an exclusive school in Wiltshire, England

Bonus Trivia

.

On Dec. 1, 2012, Buckingham Palace confirmed Middleton was pregnant with her and Prince William's first child.

.

In September 2012, French tabloid Closer released topless sunbathing photos of Middleton, taken during a private holiday in Provence with her husband Prince William. The royal couple took legal action against the publication.

SIMILAR ARTICLES