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Kate Middleton (full name: Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton) became the Duchess of Cambridge after her royal wedding to Prince William in 2011. The couple announced her pregnancy in 2012 and she give birth to the royal baby boy — the third in line to the throne of England — on July 22,2013.
The duchess has been widely lauded for her fashion sense and classic style. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was one of the most copied styles ever. While pregnant, Kate has exemplified maternity fashion, spawning something called the “Kate Middleton Effect” in the United Kingdom and beyond. According to Newsweek, "The Kate Effect may be worth £1 billion to the UK fashion industry."
Kate's wedding dress was put on display at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2011. The display helped to raise approximately £8 million for charity, and was reported to have drawn a record number of visitors.
Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England on January 9, 1982. She was raised in Chapel Row, a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England.
Kate is the oldest of three children born to Carole (maiden name Goldsmith), a former flight attendant, and Michael Middleton, who also worked as a flight attendant prior to becoming a flight dispatcher for British Airways.
Kate’s parents founded a hugely successful mail order company that sells party supplies and decorations, Party Pieces. It’s a privately-owned company with an estimated worth of 30 million euros. The Middletons have another daughter, Philippa ("Pippa") Middleton and a son named James.
Kate attended Marlborough College, a boarding school in Wiltshire, and graduated in 2005 from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, with an undergraduate degree in Art History. This is where she met the then Prince William of Wales in 2001. Their engagement was announced November 16, 2010. The couple married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.
In 2012, Kate was selected as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Time Magazine. On January 14, 2013, Saint James's Palace announced that the Duchess was expecting her first child, due in July 2013.
KATE MIDDLETON FUN FACTS
Real name: Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
Hometown: Newbury, United Kingdom
Occupation: Duchess of Cambridge
Fun fact: Kate supports Premier League football team Reading F.C.
Best quote: “I'm still very much Kate.”