- 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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The son of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry is third in line for the British throne. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan and holds the rank of captain.
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Kate wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton—a fact that remained a closely guarded secret until the big day. Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred Kate with the title of Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
Middleton made headlines in September 2012, when photos of her sunbathing topless in southern France were published by a French magazine, Closer. Soon after, the photos were reproduced in publications in Ireland and Italy. As soon as news broke about the photos in Closer, the British royal family became involved in a legal battle to attain the rights to the photos, in hopes of preventing other publications from printing them. According to the Los Angeles Times, the photos weren't picked up by any news organizations in Britain.
Four days after Closer published the photos, on September 18, 2012, the royal family won their copyrights in court: A judge ordered the French magazine to hand over the photos within 24 hours of the court's decision, according to the L.A. Times. Closer could face daily fines of $13,000, as well as fines for any reprints of the photos, if it fails to meet the 24-hour timeline, the Times continued.
On December 3, 2012, after almost a year of baby rumors and much speculation, St. James Palace officially announced that Kate Middleton was pregnant. On the same day of the announcement, Middleton, with Prince William by her side, was hospitalized at King Edward VII hospital in London with acute morning sickness.
Middleton's first child with Prince William will be the Queen's third great-grandchild and, whether the baby is a boy or a girl, will be in line to become the heir to the throne.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the official statement confirmed the pregnancy. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news."
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