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Who Is Kate Middleton?

Kate Middleton became Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. Queen Elizabeth II conferred Kate with the title shortly before the ceremony.

Middleton gave birth to Prince George, the third in line to the throne, on July 22, 2013, amid an international media frenzy. She gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte, the fourth in line to the throne, on May 2, 2015, and followed with another son, Louis, on April 23, 2018.

Kate Middleton’s Parents and Siblings

Kate Middleton’s parents are Michael and Carole Middleton. She has a younger sister, Philippa (“Pippa”), and a younger brother, James.

On her mother’s side, Kate came from a decidedly working-class stock of coal miners and builders. Her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Goldsmith, pushed her children to aim high. As a result, Kate’s mother became an airline hostess—at the time, a considerably glamorous job.

It was on this job at British Airways that Carole met Michael Middleton, an airline dispatcher, whose wealthy family hails from Leeds and which has ties to British aristocracy. The couple married soon after.

In 1987, her parents founded a mail-order party goods company. The business was a surprise success, eventually making the Middleton family multi-millionaires.

Kate Middleton’s Early Life and Education

Middleton was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton on January 9, 1982, in Reading, Berkshire, England. As a result of their parents’ business and newfound income, Kate and her siblings didn’t want for much.

Kate attended exclusive boarding schools, including St. Andrew’s Prep School, Downe House, and Marlborough College. Her time in boarding school did not come without its conflicts. Kate left the exclusive Downe House all-girls boarding school at the age of 14, due to bullying and taunts from other students.

On her first day at co-ed Marlborough, some particularly mean-spirited boys began rating incoming students based on attractiveness and personality. They gave Kate a two out of 10.

Despite the initial setbacks, Kate did well in her studies, passing 11 GCSEs and three A-level exams.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

Middleton met William at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland when she became a student in 2001. The couple married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Friends First

Middleton and William lived in the same dormitory at college, St. Salvator’s Hall. They shared several classes in their course schedule as well and soon became friends.

While they often shared breakfast and walked to classes together, the two were not interested in each other romantically at first. Middleton was dating senior Rupert Finch, and William was busy dealing with the press and struggling with his feelings about his new school.

Royal Romance

In 2002, Middleton appeared in an exclusive fashion-show fundraiser wearing a revealing dress. William was also present at the charity event, and became intrigued and interested in Kate in a new way. He attempted to engage her romantically that evening but, still in a relationship with Finch, Middleton spurned the future king’s advances.

At the end of the 2002 school term Middleton’s boyfriend graduated, and the couple soon parted ways over issues of distance. Newly single and entering her sophomore year, Middleton and several friends were invited to share a flat with William, a setting that allowed their budding romance to blossom.

At first, Middleton’s life didn’t change much. The couple kept their relationship a secret, 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.

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. The two graduated together that summer, with Middleton earning an honors degree in art history.

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. However, with William headed off to a military academy, Middleton was faced with tending the paparazzi frenzy, alone.

Public Split

In April 2007, Middleton and 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.

Marriage Proposal and Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring

On November 16, 2010, Middleton and William announced their engagement. The prince proposed during a vacation to Kenya, presenting Kate with the engagement ring worn by his mother, Princess Diana. The ring, made by crown jeweler Garrard, features a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire set in white gold and surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. The ring was reportedly inspired by a brooch created in 1840 for Prince Albert as a wedding present for Queen Victoria, which she wore on her wedding day as her “something blue.” The design is now available for anyone to buy at Garrard. “It’s beautiful—I hope I look after it! It’s very special,” Middleton said in the couple’s official engagement interview.

The couple then announced plans to live in North Wales, where William was stationed with the Royal Air Force, after their marriage.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Wedding

At her April 29, 2011 wedding to William, Kate Middleton wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton — a fact that remained a closely guarded secret until the big day. She also donned a tiara that the Queen Mother received from her husband, King George VI, in 1936, which Queen Elizabeth II lent to Middleton for the event. Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred Kate with the title of Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.

The wedding reportedly cost close to $34 million, $32 million of which was for security. Guests included Sir Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham; 23 million people watched the ceremony live on television.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine enter the horse-drawn royal carriage to greet the crowds as man and wife on their wedding day in April 2011.

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Kate Middleton’s Children with Prince William

Prince George

On July 22, 2013, at 4:24 p.m. local time, Middleton gave birth to her son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, weighing in at 8 pounds and 6 ounces. Prince George is third in line to British throne, following Prince Charles and William.

St. James Palace officially announced that Middleton and William were pregnant with their first baby on December 3, 2012, after almost a year of baby rumors and much speculation. On the same day of the announcement, Middleton, with William by her side, was hospitalized at King Edward VII hospital in London with acute morning sickness.

Anticipating the arrival of Middleton and William’s first born, by July 2013, international media outlets began establishing a regular presence in front of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. St. Mary’s was the same hospital where Princess Diana gave birth to William and later Prince Harry.

Princess Charlotte

On May 2, 2015, Middleton gave birth to a daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces, at 8:34 a.m. local time at St. Mary’s Hospital. The baby was the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and the fourth in line to the throne after her brother, Prince George. This second pregnancy was announced in September 2014.

Prince Louis

On April 23, 2018, Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces, at 11:01 a.m. local time at St. Mary’s Hospital. Prince Louis will be fifth in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and before Prince Harry. Big sister Charlotte remaining a spot ahead thanks to a recent change in succession rules that gives preference to birth order over gender.

Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their third child in September 2017. The statement revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge was suffering from severe morning sickness, known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, as she had during her pregnancies with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Middleton’s full-time job is as Duchess of Cambridge. However before marrying William and after graduating college, she worked in other endeavors.

Finding a job was difficult as the girlfriend of the prince; 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 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.


Topless Tabloid Controversy

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 the 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.

Shortly 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 faced daily fines of $13,000, as well as fines for any reprints of the photos, if it failed to meet the 24-hour timeline.

Mental Health Advocate

Middleton teamed up with her husband and his brother Harry to form the Heads Together initiative to raise awareness of mental health issues. In January 2018 announced the launch of a website designed to provide resources for teachers and schools seeking help in that area.

“We know that mental health is an issue for us all – children and parents, young and old, men and women – of all backgrounds and of all circumstances,” she said. “I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health. When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”

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It’s officially crunch time for the Duchess of Cambridge and the future royal baby. The mom of two is expecting her new prince or princess to arrive on Monday, April 23, 2018, reports say.

Kensington Palace confirmed in October that the birth would take place in April, but an anonymous source told Express that “the Duchess is working off a date around Saint George’s Day and it would be a lovely patriotic coincidence if he or she were born then.”

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Saint George’s Day is an especially important feast day in both Christian and English tradition. Saint George has served as the country’s patron saint since before the Tudor period. According to legend, the Roman soldier was sentenced to death for failing to recant his Christianity, making him a martyr.

Today, many Brits celebrate the occasion as an unofficial national holiday with parades and festivals. In fact, the flag of England actually comes from St. George’s Cross: a red cross on a white background.

In one popular medieval legend, Saint George slayed a dragon in order to save a princess. Getty Images

While a new prince wouldn’t be called George (that name’s already taken!), the potential coincidence is fitting of British royalty. Plus, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mark their seventh wedding anniversary on April 29, making this month a particularly special one to them.

Express’s source added that while the Duchess will attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding three weeks later, “she may not stay for the evening party.” That’s understandable — although she may be excited for a break from baby duties.

Both Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly don’t know the sex of the child themselves, but they won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

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  • Kate Middleton had to pull out of her scheduled appearance at the Tusk Awards with Prince William tonight.
  • A Kensington Palace spokesperson explains that her absence is “due to the children,” but didn’t specify the exact reason.
  • The Duke of Cambridge will continue to attend tonight’s festivities as planned.

Kate Middleton will not be attending the Tusk Awards tonight with Prince William, as previously planned, because something has come up regarding her kids.

The Duchess of Cambridge “is no longer able to attend the Tusk awards due to the children,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson tells BAZAAR.com. The exact reason wasn’t specified.

To make up for her absence, Duchess Kate still “met with finalists at a tea at Kensington Palace this afternoon.” Prince William, a royal patron of Tusk, a wildlife conservation non-profit, will still attend tonight’s festivities as planned.

Kate and William attend the Tusk Awards in 2018. JEFF SPICERGetty Images

Prince William and Duchess Kate, who married in 2011, share three kids together: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1. While attending the annual Royal Variety Show earlier this week, the duchess had them on her mind while speaking to fellow attendees.

According to one guest, Kate shared that her children “love performing at home,” especially Princess Charlotte, who seems to be a fan of musical theater. And according to one of the performers, Kate revealed that her brood wanted to tag along for the evening show, but she told them, “not on a school night.”

The Duchess of Cambridge last attended the Tusk Awards in 2018, when she dressed up in a teal, floor-length Jenny Packham gown.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third royal addition will arrive in April 2018, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter Tuesday. In early September, the palace confirmed that the couple was expecting their third child but until now had not released an official due date for the baby. The child will arrive just before Princess Charlotte’s third birthday on May 2 and just a few months prior to Prince George’s fifth birthday on July 22.

Before April—and the newest royal—arrives, Prince William and Kate Middleton have other plans in the works. The palace also announced via Twitter on Tuesday that Kate and William will take an official trip to Norway and Sweden in early 2018 “at the request of the FOC .”

Kate, who has been dealing with severe bouts of morning sickness, has only just begun to make public appearances since first announcing her pregnancy. Last week, she attended a reception for World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace, and on Monday, showed off her dance moves at a Paddington Bear 2 promotional event with a life-sized Paddington Bear.

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1 / 8Chevron Chevron By Chris Jackson/Getty Images. Kate Middleton Middleton wore a Princess Diana-inspired floral dress by Prada while visiting a memorial for her late mother-in-law at Kensington Palace.

In September, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they’re expecting another royal baby—their third child, after Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. Although Kate Middleton initially suffered from acute morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) during this pregnancy, which prevented her from fulfilling her royal duties, she soon returned to the public sphere.

Now, the royal baby, a little prince, is finally here and he’s just celebrated his christening. Here’s everything we know about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s newest addition.

His name is Louis Arthur Charles.

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The Duke and Duchess revealed the Louis’ name nearly four days after he was born. Though a flood of royal fans placed bets on the names Arthur and Albert, the couple ultimately went with Louis as the first name.

Louis means “famous in battle” or “famous warrior” and also appears in Prince George and Prince William’s full names: George Alexander Louis and William Arthur Philip Louis. The moniker is pronounced “loo-wee,” the French way, like Louis Vuitton.

He was born on Monday, April 23.

Kate Middleton gave birth on her expected due date. Early in the morning, she was reported to be in labor in the hospital. Hours later, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a son at 11:01 a.m. London time (6:01 a.m. ET). Prince William was present for the birth.

Sources tell BAZAAR.com that Middleton made a hush-hush arrival at around 5:20 a.m. She gave birth less than six hours later.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.
The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018

Louis’ birthday is a little more than a week before Princess Charlotte’s (May 2), and a few months ahead of Prince George’s (July 22). It’s also just two days after his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s, April 21.

He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, breaking a royal record.

Louis turned out to be the heaviest of William and Kate’s children at birth. Prince George was 8 pounds, 6 ounces when he was born, and Princess Charlotte was only 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Marie Claire points out.

He’s fifth in line for the throne.

The Duke and Duchess’ third child will follow these family members in the British line of succession: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles (Louis’ grandfather), Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The baby will bump Prince Harry down to sixth place in line for the crown, The Telegraph reports.

This is also a historic event for Princess Charlotte, who becomes the first female member of the royal family to not get bumped down in the line of succession by a younger male heir.

Middleton gave birth at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

Like his older siblings, Prince Louis was born at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. The Duke and Duchess presented their youngest to the public just outside the hospital steps, as they did with their first two children. (George and Amal Clooney’s twins, Ella and Alexander, were also born here.)

The photo call was only seven hours after Middleton gave birth.

Getty Images The Duke and Duchess welcome Prince George in 2013. Getty Images The Duke and Duchess welcome Princess Charlotte in 2015. Getty Images

Louis lives with his family at Kensington Palace.

After stopping for a photo opp when he was born, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned home with their newborn. Kate is currently on maternity leave to recover and take care of her youngest.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St. Mary’s Hospital this evening. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018

He’s “behaving himself.”

Two days after bringing the new prince home, proud dad Prince William said the newborn was doing “very well” and that the whole family was “in good form, luckily.”

The Duke of Cambridge also gave an adorable update on baby: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far. So he’s behaving himself, which is good.”

Prince William says: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far. So he’s
behaving himself, which is good.”

— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) April 25, 2018

His birth was announced on an easel outside Buckingham Palace.

After Louis was born, an official letter noting his birth date and time, sex, and weight, was posted on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, following royal tradition.

“He Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 a.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the notice reads.

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The announcement was also emailed to media outlets and shared on social media for the world to see.

Louis is the Queen’s sixth great-grandchild.

In addition to Louis, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren currently include Savannah Phillips, 7, Isla Phillips, 5, Mia Grace Tindall, 4, Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, 2, and Lena Tindall, who was just born on June 18.

His royal title will be a mouthful.

According to their birth certificates, George’s full name is “His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge” and Charlotte’s is “Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.”

Following tradition, Prince Louis’ official title follows the same format: His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arther Charles of Cambridge.

He won’t have a surname.

“The royal baby will not have a last name,” royal historian and writer of Royal Musings blog Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. “The name on the birth certificate will say HRH Prince or Princess, and all three names of Cambridge.” The same happened with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who did not have last names on their official birth certificates.

Louis already has his own official portraits.

They were taken by his mom, the Duchess of Cambridge, and released a week after he was born. One of the photos includes his big sis Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her birthday days before the pictures were shared.

He has six godparents.

Kensington Palace announced the godparents William and Kate chose for Louis ahead of his christening on July 9. Although the group does not include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the individuals are all close friends of the Cambridges:

  • Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem
  • Mr. Guy Pelly
  • Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher
  • The Lady Laura Meade
  • Mrs. Robert Carter
  • Miss Lucy Middleton

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Middleton’s maternity suite at the Lindo wing, which reportedly costs more than $9,650 per day, had been on “lock-down” since mid-March, a source told Us Weekly. Security checks the room regularly, which is sealed with tamper-proof tape, and the crawl space above it as well. “It’s a high-security operation,” the insider added.

When the Duchess goes into labor, she and Prince William are expected to drive directly to the maternity ward, which is less than two miles away from Kensington Palace. The hospital will only get a five minute notice of the royal couple’s arrival, the source noted, to avoid the info getting leaked that they’ve left home. The insider also told Us that there’s a designated “baby team” set at Kensington Palace to prep the official birth announcement.

“Everything is planned to the tiniest detail,” the royal source said, but if anything goes wrong (which we hope it won’t), there’s also “a backup plan for everything.”

The hospital got ready for the the delivery about a month ago.

The Duke and Duchess usually pose at the gates outside the Lindo Wing after the baby is born for thier first photo op with the child. (They did the same with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.) At the end of March, the gates were spotted mid-renovations, hinting that preparations for the royal family’s arrival was underway.

The railings outside The Lindo Wing at St Marys Hospital Paddington are being painted. I suppose it’s never too early to get used to the smell of fresh paint pic.twitter.com/G4kmKTds1o

— Arthur Edwards (@ArthurJEdwards) March 27, 2018

More recently, authorities were seen erecting barriers outside of the entrance. New restrictions have also been put on street parking by the wing from April 9-30.

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Royal photographer Tim Rooke also told Town & Country that the media could start staking out by the Lindo wing as early as April 9, which could explain the barriers. Traditionally, the media positions are organized two weeks before the baby’s birth, according to Rooke. However, photographers and journalists can’t stake out in front of the doors until it’s been announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital.

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