Born in Berkshire, England, Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, or as she is officially known, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is known for being the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and future king of England.
BioWhen Prince William becomes king, Kate will become Queen Consort. She is the oldest of three. Kate has a sister, Phillippa Charlotte, known as "Pippa" and James William.
Kate Middleton attended an all-girls boarding school, but left due to bullying and taunts. On her first day at co-ed Marlborough, some boys rated the incoming students based on attractiveness and gave Kate a two out of 10. (biography.com). Kate studied in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews, the first in her family to attend college. Her first year there, in the dormitory St. Salvators Hall, she met Prince William and became friends. They were both studying art history when they met, but Middleton is said to have played a key role in encouraging the prince to switch to a degree in Geography in his second year (cnn.com).
It wasn't until Kate Middleton took part in a Don't Walk Fashion Show that she caught the eye of Prince Williams in a romantic way, and he declared, "Kate's hot!"
They dated, (their status as a couple made public in March 2004 when they were photographed vacationing in a Swiss ski resort), broke up, and then got back together. Around this time, the press saddled Kate with the moniker "Waity Katie" as if she was waiting to be proposed to. They were subsequently engaged in 2010. (Prince William presented Kate with his mother's engagement ring.) The couple married in 2011. Over a billion people watched as Kate Middleton stepped out of the queen's 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI in front of London's Westminster Abbey.
The couple set up a Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund with over 1 million English pounds raised to benefit 26 charities personally chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Previous to her marriage, Kate Middleton was a buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw. Kate Middleton also worked part-time as a catalogue photographer, webpage designer and marketing officer for her parents' firm Party Pieces.
Since her marriage, Kate Middleton has become a style leader. She's been spotlighted in Tatler, The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Style.com, People, and more. She has been featured in a lot of best-dressed lists. Among British circles, Kate Middleton is known as "Her Shyness."
Kate Middleton lives in London, England.