Everything You Need To Know About Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton was first thrust into the spotlight back in 2002, when it was reported that she was dating fellow university student, Prince William.

Fast forward fifteen years and the Duchess of Cambridge attracts just as much media attention as she did back in the early noughties. Whether it is for her inimitable sartorial taste or her Princess Diana style approach to charity work - Kate continues to fascinate the nation.

But how much do you know about the Duchess of Cambridge?

We round up everything you need to know about Kate Middleton below:

What is Kate Middleton’s Date Of Birth?

Catherine Middleton was born on 9 January 1982 to parents Carole and Michael Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She is 35 years of age.

A young Kate and Pippa on holiday with their father Michael

The Duchess of Cambridge was christened at St Andrew’s Church in Berkshire on 20 June 1982. She is the eldest of three children as she has two younger siblings named James and Philippa (Pippa).

Kate Middleton's brother James and sister Pippa

Where Did Kate Go To School?

During the period May 1984 to September 1986, the Middleton family lived in Amnam, Jordan as Kate’s father Michael worked for British Airways. Therefore, Kate attended an English speaking nursery.

Kate and William met at St Andrew's University

When the family returned to Berkshire in 1986, four-year-old Kate attended St Andrew’s School. She then went on to enrol at Malborough College, a boarding school in Wiltshire. The duchess then studied History of Art at St Andrew’s University until 2005.

Kate’s Career

Kate is renowned for her sartorial taste therefore it’s hardly surprising to learn that she once worked within the fashion industry. In November 2006, the duchess joined Jigsaw as an Accessories Buyer, where she worked part time for a year. She also worked until 2011 at her parent’s business, Party Pieces.

Kate's parents Carole and Michael run the party planning business

Sister Pippa also worked at the company following her graduation from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English Literature. Kate was responsible for catalogue design, marketing and photography.

Prince William And Kate Middleton

Kate first met William back in 2001 when the couple were both studying at the University of St Andrews. The pair started dating a year later, though it was never publically confirmed.

It was reported in April 2007 that Kate and William had separated during a holiday in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Kate and William announce their engagement

Prince William proposed to Kate in October 2010 during a ten-day trip in Kenya. The engagement was officially announced by Clarence House on 16 November.

Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana's engagement ring.

Prince William proposed to Kate with his late mother's engagement ring

The Ceylon sapphire ring was designed by Garrard & Co and features 14 solitaire diamonds which surround the twelve carat centre stone. The ring is set in 18 carat white gold.

The official engagement photograph bears resemblance to Princess Diana and Prince Charles' own portrait

The Royal Wedding

The couple married on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey. The event was declared a public holiday in the United Kingdom to celebrate.

Kate Middleton made headlines with her wedding gown

It is thought that approximately 300 million people across the globe tuned in to watch the nuptials take place.

Kate and William shared their first kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Kate's Wedding Dress

As the royal wedding loomed, media attention speculating which designer Kate would choose on the big day grew. It wasn't until Kate stepped out of the wedding car that it was revealed that Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, had designed the gown.

Kate donned a custom-made gown by Sarah Burton for her nuptials

The dress undoubtedly received global acclaim, leading it to be exhibited at Buckingham Palace during the summer of 2011. The wedding dress was said to have referenced Princess Diana's own gown. Designer Vera Wang said: "Diana's dress had a sense of innocence, whimsy, almost storybook romance. In contrast Catherine's gown was about way more than simply the dress. Sarah Burton channelled a new take on classicism for a modern-day bride who will one day be Queen."

While the gown also gained the approval of fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld as he told France 2 Television: "The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. "It almost reminds me of [Queen] Elizabeth's wedding, the royal weddings in the 1950's. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot."

Kate's wedding gown seemed to pay homage to Princess Diana's dress

According to the Daily Mail, the duchess was also rumoured to have done her own make-up for the big day after taking private lessons from London-based make-up artist Arabella Preston.

Kate Middleton And Prince William's Children

Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton was expecting her first child back on December 3 2012. The news was declared before the duchess reached the 12-week mark as she was rushed to hospital after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

Kate gave birth to Prince George in July 2012

She gave birth to a son on 22 July 2013 at 4.24 pm. The same easel that announced Prince William's birth back in 1982 was used to announce the arrival of their first child. The couple named their son, George Alexander Louis. Prince George is third in line to the throne.

On September 8 2014, Clarence House announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child. Again, the couple declared the news early due to Kate suffering from morning sickness for a second time.

Kate and William welcomed their second child in May 2014

The duchess gave birth to a daughter on 2 May 2015 at St Mary's hospital, where both Prince William and his son George were also born. The couple named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, in tribute to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

And Princess Charlotte's birth undoubtedly marked a monumentous change in royal history. Soon after the Prince William and Kate Middleton wed, the 'Succession to the Crown Act' was altered, meaning that princes no longer take precedence over their sisters. Therefore, Princess Charlotte has overtaken her uncle Prince Harry in the line to the throne, as she is now fourth behind her elder brother, Prince George.

On 11 June, Princess Charlotte made her first public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour.

Pippa Middleton's Wedding

Kate Middleton attended sister Pippa's wedding on 22nd May, 2017. Kate was not a bridesmaid however, as she didn't wish to distract the attention from her younger sister on her big day. This is also the reason behind Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle's absence.

Kate Middleton at Pippa's wedding

But Kate made sure to gave sister Pippa a memorable wedding gift. The Duchess of Cambridge sketched a drawing of St Marks' Church in Englefield, which was printed on the front of the guests' order of service booklets.

Kate Middleton's Style

There's no denying the sartorial influence that the Duchess of Cambridge possesses. Dubbed the 'Kate Effect', her royal wardrobe has inspired cult items to sell out within minutes, whether they are from LK Bennett, Zara or Mulberry. Her influence on fashion even led one brand in particular into financial trouble following an influx of pre-orders.

Kate Middleton often opts for one of Princess Diana's favourite brands, Catherine Walker

The Duchess of Cambridge is also renowned for repeating her greatest outfits, a sartorial trick Princess Diana once played. That is of course one reason for the remarkable resemblance between the late princess and Kate's wardrobes. The duchess often pays sartorial homage to the Princess of Wales, frequently donning one of Diana's most cherished brands, Catherine Walker.

The duchess dons the 'Cambridge Lover's Knot' tiara

Kate has even worn some of the late Princess of Wales' accessories including the iconic 'Cambridge Lover's Knot' tiara. The 19-tiered diamond crown was given to Princess Diana by the Queen as a wedding gift back in 1914. Kate has donned the glittery piece for many royal occasions. Most recently, the duchess wore the tiara to the annual Diplomatic Reception.

Take a look back at Kate's greatest sartorial moments below:


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