- NAME: Kate Middleton
- OCCUPATION: Duchess
- BIRTH DATE: January 09, 1982 (Age: 31)
- EDUCATION: St. Andrew's Prep School, Down House, Marlborough College, University of St. Andrews
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Reading, England
- Full Name: Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
- AKA: Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge
- AKA: Kate Middleton
- AKA: Catherine Middleton
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, married Prince William in 2011 at Westminster Abbey. She will not be a princess until Prince Charles inherits the throne.
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Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya in October 2010 by offering her the engagement ring that belonged to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
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By the end of 2002, Middleton's boyfriend had graduated. The couple soon parted ways over issues of distance. Newly single and entering her junior year, Middleton and several friends were invited to share a flat with Prince William. In 2003, Middleton and the prince fell into a natural romance, and began dating.
At first, Middleton's life didn't change much. The couple kept their relationship a secret for several years,
mostly due to the prince's extreme distrust of the press. The couple agreed not to hold hands in public, or be seen sitting together at dinner parties. This seemed to throw off the press for the most part, and by June 2003 Kate had graduated with an honors bachelor's degree in art history, without any real disruptions from the press.
But in 2004, Kate was caught by paparazzi while on a royal family ski trip. Her relationship with William became the subject of intense scrutiny and, by 2005, she was a tabloid favorite. In February 2006, it was announced that Middleton would receive her own 24-hour security detail from the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department. This led to rumors that Middleton was being groomed for a position of royalty.
In 2006, Prince William headed off to a military academy. Middleton lost her security detail, and was faced with tending the paparazzi frenzy, alone. As the girlfriend of the prince, finding a job was also difficult; the position had to be considered respectable by the royal family, while also allowing Middleton the flexibility to take off at a moments' notice to be with the prince. In November 2006, Middleton finally found an acceptable position as an assistant accessories buyer with the British clothing chain Jigsaw in London. It was later reported that she left the company in order to study portrait photography.
In April 2007, Middleton and Prince William publicly split. Allegedly pressured by the royal family to either propose or let Middleton move on with her life, William apparently broke off the couple's five-year relationship over the phone. Media reports said otherwise, however, as Middleton was spotted at several royal events accompanied by the prince only a few months later. Other rumors indicated that the couple were living together. Both parties denied the rumors.
In 2010, it was revealed that Middleton had been working on plans to start a new bakery business with her brother, James, who ran The Cake Kit Company. The business had the goal of encouraging kids to cook and making it easier to bake party cakes.
On November 16, 2010, Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement. The prince proposed during a vacation to Kenya, and he presented Kate with his mother's engagement ring. The couple then announced plans to live in North Wales, where Prince William is stationed with the Royal Air Force, after their marriage.
On April 29, 2011, the couple married at Westminster Abbey in London.
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