Katherine Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Cambridge (nee Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; eng. Catherine Elizabeth, Duchess of Cambridge, née Catherine Elizabeth Middleton) is the wife of the Duke of Cambridge William. The official title of the Duchess of Cambridge is Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus.
Place of Birth. Education. She was born on January 9, 1982 in the city of Reading in the English county of Berkshire in the family of Michael Francis Middleton and his wife Carol Elizabeth, née Goldsmith. The Middleton family does not belong to the British nobility: Michael comes from the middle class, and Elizabeth – from an ancient family of Harrison coal miners from County Durham. The couple worked in civil aviation, Elizabeth was a flight attendant, and Michael was an air traffic controller. They also have a middle daughter, Charlotte (Pippa), and a younger son, James William.
In May 1984, when Kate was two years old, she and her family moved to the capital of Jordan, where her father was transferred to work. The Middletons lived there until September 1986. When Kate was three years old, she began attending an English kindergarten in Amman.
In 1987, the Middletons founded the mail order company “Party Pieces”, which successfully developed in the British market and made them millionaires. The family settled in their own house in the village of Bucklebury in Berkshire.
Upon returning to Berkshire, she entered St. Andrew’s School in the village of Panbourne in Berkshire, where she studied until 1995.
After that, the future princess moved to Marlborough College, a private educational institution in Wiltshire, where training is conducted jointly. In college, Kate played tennis, hockey and netball, was involved in athletics – in particular, high jump. While studying at Marlborough College, Kate also completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, the highest level program of the Duke of Edinburgh.
After graduating from college in 2000, Kate did not go to university, arranging a year’s break from her studies. During this year she traveled to two countries – in Italy, where she studied at the Florence British Institute, and in Chile, where she participated in the program of the charitable organization Raleigh International. In addition, Kate managed to take a short cruise along the Solent. In 2001, Kate entered the prestigious St. Andrews University in the Scottish region of Fife.
Kate graduated with a straight A in 2005, earning a bachelor’s degree with second-class honors in art history. After that, she began working for Party Pieces, which her parents founded in 1987. The Middleton company is engaged in mail delivery of goods for various holidays. In 2008, as part of her work at the company, Kate launched the First Birthdays project. In the family business, Kate was responsible for catalog design, product photography and marketing campaigns.
Along with this, in November 2006, she began working part-time in the purchasing department of the Jigsaw chain stores in London.
Relationship with Prince William. While studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Kate met Prince William, the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales. Since 2002, Kate and William, already friends, rented a house in Fife for housing, and since 2003 – a country cottage. The beginning of their romantic relationship also dates back to this time. During student holidays, Prince William and Kate traveled together several times, and in 2003, the girl was among a small number of close friends invited to the prince’s twenty-first birthday.
In 2005, Kate graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a bachelor’s degree and increasingly appeared in public with the prince. Then there were rumors about their imminent engagement. But William began his studies at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, and Kate was invited to work in the purchasing department of the clothing chain Jigsaw. Since that time, she has lived in the London area of Chelsea.
Having received the unofficial status of the prince’s girlfriend, Middleton began to appear frequently at events involving the royal family. On December 15, 2006, Kate and her parents were invited to the grand graduation ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, from which Prince William graduated, and which was also attended by Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family.
In 2007, Prince William went to a military training camp in Dorset, and Kate stayed in London. These circumstances, as well as the growing pressure on Kate from journalists, were named among the possible reasons for the separation of Kate and William, which was announced in April 2007.
In the summer of 2007, the media reported on the likely resumption of the affair between Kate and Prince William, as in June they attended a party together in the military unit where the prince served. In July, Kate, along with William, attended a gala concert in memory of Princess Diana, although official sources did not confirm the rumors about the couple’s reunion.
It was subsequently stated that Prince William and Kate made the decision to rekindle their relationship in August 2007.
Marriage. On November 16, 2010, Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. On November 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., the wedding date was announced.
April 29, 2011 Catherine married the grandson of the British Queen Elizabeth II and second in line to the British throne, Prince William. The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey in London, to which 1,900 people were invited, including close friends, celebrities and politicians. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain granted the young couple the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
July 22, 2013 at 16:24 local time Catherine had a son – George Alexander Louis, Prince of Cambridge.
On May 2, 2015, the second child of the couple was born. At 08:34 local time, Katherine gave birth to a baby girl, according to Kensington Palace. The princess is fourth in line to the throne. William and Kate decided to name their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth. The girl received the title of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.
On September 4, 2017, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess are expecting their third child, due in April 2018. April 23, 2018duchess of cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy.