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Kate Middleton Biography

Updated on January 22, 2013

Everyone wants to know all about Kate Middleton, the commoner who will become queen one day, and this is her biography.

Born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire, England on the 9th of January, 1982, she was named Catherine Elizabeth Middleton by her doting parents, self-made millionaires Michael, b. 1949 and his beautiful wife, Carole, nee Goldsmith.

Her parents had met while they both working as air stewards for airline giant, British Airways, in the 1970s. They married in 1980, and by the time Kate, their first child was born, Michael Middleton was working in his promoted position as flight dispatcher working out of Heathrow Airport.

They lived in an idyllic location in a modest semi-detached house in Bradfield Southend, a village near Reading, in England.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton | Source

You may well wonder why a biography of Kate Middleton should go on so much about her family, but it is to show that there is not a drop of blue blood in sight! Unusually, the next queen has never been a Lady, not is she the daughter of the titled upper classes of England. Instead Kate Middleton is an ordinary girl-next-door type, expect of course for her parents being super rich, but I'm coming to that.

Kate Middleton's paternal grandfather was an airline pilot, while her maternal grandfather was a builder. Just ordinary everyday people from a middle-class and hard-working background.

Kate's parents also had the drive to succeed. When she was 5 years old, they started their Party Pieces children's partyware business and this was so successful, that by 1995 the couple and their growing family were able to move to a 5 bedroomed detached house in nearby Bucklebury.

They were also later able to send all three of their children to exclusive Marlborough College in Wiltshire to complete their elementary education.

You might like to read more about her delectable sister Pippa here.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Source
Kate Middleton was a keen hockey player at school
Kate Middleton was a keen hockey player at school | Source

Kate Middleton attended St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, until 1995 when she was 13 years old. Then she was sent to private Marlborough College which, incidentally, is also the same school Princess Eugenie of York attends. Princess Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew and his estranged wife, the Duchess of York.

Kate worked hard at school and attained 11 GCSEs and 3 A levels.

This was enough to qualify her for a place at St Andrews university in Fife, Scotland where she graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 (Upper Second-Class) MA (Hons) degree in History of Art.

Kate Middleton on her graduation day
Kate Middleton on her graduation day | Source
beautiful Kate Middleton
beautiful Kate Middleton | Source

In 2001, while a second year student at St. Andrew's, she met William, prince of Wales who had just started the same degree course at the same university.

The two at first lived just a few doors apart on the campus's St Salvator's Hall of Residence where they became friendly, socialising and playing tennis together.

A year later they shared a 4 bedroom Edwardian townhouse with 2 other friends. There was no romance between them at this point. In fact, Kate was seeing another chap called Rupert Finch.

The following year, all 4 moved to a secluded cottage in the countryside. It is widely believed Prince William and Kate Middleton became an item in the Christmas of that year, 2003.

William graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 degree in geography, after switching courses.

History is repeating itself. The Press have hounded Kate Middleton in much the same way they hounded Lady Diana, Prince William's mother.

By October 2005, Kate Middleton had to complain through her lawyer about Press harassment, and in 2006 she was offered and awarded her own security detail supplied by the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department.

She can't go anywhere without being photographed, and it's a wonder that the poor girl can keep smiling, as she does in many photos.

In October 2010, William proposed to Kate while the couple were on holiday in Kenya, and offered his late mother's engagement ring to seal the pledge.

The pair will marry on April 29th, 2011.

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      kaikai 4 years ago from TX

      I love her and She is much skinnier right now kaikai

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Well written. Great info. Kate seemed to have lost weight, looking at her graduation photo and the current photo.

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      cheap tickets to zimbabwe 6 years ago

      Very useful and informative topic is presented here. specially the biography of the new queen of united kingdom. Nice work done.. keep it up.

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      arik airlines 6 years ago

      Really informative articale. She deserves to be the part of Royal family . nice work done & i appriciate you.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      No she isn't and it's complicated - read here what she is officially now - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine,_Duchess_of...

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      Air Zimbabwe 6 years ago

      Great Information. Thanks

      She is very beautiful.

      Is she now Princess of United Kingdom?

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      Drew Breezzy 6 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      She is so gorgeous!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like your hub and the royal wedding was fantastic.

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      Jacob_Jube 6 years ago

      You pick the right topic at right time my friend.

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      Blue Man 6 years ago from Jakarta

      Kate not only royalty in English, but all around the world because the world are watching exactingly wen she married.

      wonderful hub well written, and loves the picture I think I will save it on my PC

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      johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

      she's so gorgeouse you're so lucky william lol

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      I like Kate Middleton.

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      jacobsterling 6 years ago from New York

      wonderful hub..very informative!

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Yes she has a friend who runs an upmarket sex club, but she has distanced herself from this friend since her relationship with the prince became serious.

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      waterfall 6 years ago

      hi about 40 hrs ago i went under the name peeeps, so did you find anything about the negative rumors on Kate?

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      khan009 6 years ago

      nice hub dear.I like ur hubs.where r u frome frd?

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks :)

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      nene7884 6 years ago from Savannah,GA

      Nice hub really informative and well written. I think your hub got great pictures.

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      Runway 6 years ago from New York

      Love her, she's so great!

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      brennawelker 6 years ago

      Nice HUb.

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      deblipp 6 years ago

      I so utterly enjoyed the royal wedding. Thanks for the background.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You're welcome, patnothe :)

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      patnothe 6 years ago from Camagong, San Jose, Camarines Sur, Philippines

      quite a wonderful biography... i was able to know a little bit about her... Please add some more..thanx.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      @Sonali, yes she was almost the girl next door type apart from the private schooling, except that her parents were self-made millionaires.

      @Heartobayan, good analogy!

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      heartrobayan 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      the true Cinderella of our time...

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      Sonali Singh 6 years ago

      I had been thinking of how her background was in her earlier days. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You're welcome :) Come back anytime :)

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      peeeps 6 years ago

      i have 2 go bye sorry :(

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      How interesting! Off to search :)

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      peeeps 6 years ago

      oh sorry about time(oops) i didn't get the whole story but something of the nature that she went to a sex club:(

      just rumors really you can probably find it on the internet

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Really? What were they?

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      peeeps 6 years ago

      i heard some pretty bad rumors about kate

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      How can it have great ideas when its a biography of Kate Middleton??

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      cubesz 6 years ago

      Excellent article, great ideas!

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Excellent, thanks Laurel :)

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      LaurelMartin 6 years ago from Northern New England

      Awesome hub, very thorough and just what I was looking for!

      Thanks : )

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Isn't she just? But then Prince William is dashing too!

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      Pumpa2010 6 years ago

      Wow! That's a great biography! I never actually knew that much until now!! Thanks! BTW: Kate is soooo pretty!

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      Milicaa 6 years ago

      Nice work...

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      how lovely khaleel :)

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      khaleel dubai 6 years ago

      have a sweet wedding anniversary.

      God bless long life,peaceful,hopeful,healthy,wealthy life for u,

      God bless urs best bright future,wonderful long life

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      Air Zimbabwe 6 years ago

      What a fairy tale really...how sweet...

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You're welcome :)

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Very enjoyable read. thanks.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comments. Maybe one day Kate herself will read them when she is trapped in her glass bubble which is the Royal household.

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      WallStickerDecals 6 years ago from US

      She is absolutely stunning, beautiful indeed.

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      Interesting hub!It was nice to know more about the would be queen!! However,the institution of monarchy does not awe many for it is also a life based on superficiality! Hope Kate and William have a happy married life unlike Diana and Charles!

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      shanmao1356 6 years ago from china

      so beautiful

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Fingers crossed that it all works out for them. You are right, the marriage of Charles and Diana had always seemed like a match made from necessity, not love - he was so much older than her. This pair are much the same age and almost grew up together.

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      Columba Smith 6 years ago from California

      She'll have a much better life than Diana. It's easy to see that William adores her. They seem to have a very strong relationship.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      She does. Hope she has a better life at the Palace than poor Diana did.

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      Runway 6 years ago from New York

      I love her! She seems so fun and gracious.

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      Jason 6 years ago

      She is hot.

      Perfect girl

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      @al7nan...???

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      al7nan 6 years ago

      surly now there may be distant, Then again neither has this world. Why should she be treated any different.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks guys! Kate Middleton will make a beautiful queen one day!

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      s_joyjeet 6 years ago from New delhi

      It's a wonderful work.

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      conanedogawa07 6 years ago from Philippines

      Wonderful!

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You're right Mrs J.B. She seems to have been quite a character (her maternal grandmother) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1378687/...

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Izzy: I do believe that on the history channel the day before the wedding was announced or rather engagement, something was mentioned about Kate's Grandmother. Nothing bad but just a woman from a humble start in life.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Yeah well the wedding is close so I suppose folks want to know a bit about her. Kinda mundane really, isn't it? It's not as if she was a trapeze artist or something when they met.

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      Tamila Roberts 6 years ago from Canada

      Liked it very much it was quite a blast!

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      michalk 6 years ago

      Thanks for such an interesting article

      Michal

      bit.ly/hpVm4t

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      I meant 'commoner' in the sense that she wasn't titled, not born into the aristocracy, but yes she lived a very nice lifestyle. Wonder if she knows she is giving everything up? She'll be constantly in the public eye just like Diana.

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      suejanet 6 years ago

      This is an interesting read.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Crystolite, what videos??

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Izzym,nice videos in there.Thanks for sharing your biography with us which really gingered me.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You are doing your ancestors proud by making sure no-one forgets what happened - what they went through. Keep it up, girl!

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      Rose Ella Morton 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      The truth is no one, get to pick their ancestor's :(

      P.s Not even Kate Middleton

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      Rose Ella Morton 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      I have forgiven and move on. In recents years I have took that trip back to the plantation in South Carolina and we have sat down and had dinner together as descendant slaves and slave owners. There is another Middleton Place reunion set for Nov/2011. I am also invited to that.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      I am sorry to hear that Rose. I, too, think it disgraceful that people were forced into slavery, but it had nothing to do with young Kate Middleton, even if she is is distantly related to this man. It was a terrible time in history, a disgraceful time, and all we can do is ensure it never happens again.

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      Rose Ella Morton 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      surly now there may be distant, but is not the point. My ancestor's were on his plantation. I will never denie that my ancestor's were slave's. Then again neither has this world. Why should she be treated any different.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Are you sure?

      Arthur Middleton died in 1787 aged 43. Now supposing the same year he had a baby, but that baby (son, obviously) was 60 before he had a baby, that takes us up to 1847. Then if that son waited until he was 60 too, he would have had a great grandchild to Arthur Middleton in 1907. Kate Middleton's father was born in the 1950s. If there is a relationship there, it is really distant.

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      Rose Ella Morton 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      You left out the part about great great grandfather was no commoner he was Arthur Middleton, One of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Middletons ancestory created most of their wealth through slavery.