Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton was
born on the 9th of January 1982
in England at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading,
Berkshire (around 29 miles outside of London). She is the
eldest of three children born to her mother Carole
Elizabeth (née Goldsmith), at the time a flight
attendant, and Michael Francis Middleton (born 1949), a
flight dispatcher (later an airline officer) for British
She was raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Her father's family came from Leeds, West Yorkshire, her mother's family, the Harrisons, were working class labourers and miners from County Durham.
Kate has a sister and a brother, Philippa Charlotte, known as "Pippa" and James William.
Her education began at St. Andrew's school in Pangbourne (Berkshire), then she was briefly at Downe House, before moving on to Marlborough College, in Wiltshire. She went on to study Art History at the University of St Andrews, in Fife (Scotland) where she graduated with a 2:1 (Hons). It was while at University that she first met Prince William.
In 2006, Kate began to work for the clothing chain Jigsaw as an accessory buyer, but gave up this job the following year announcing that she wished to become a professional photographer. It's possible that the media attention she was receiving by this time made working at Jigsaw difficult.
It was reported that she had been introduced to internationally famous photographer Mario Testino by Prince William with whom she would be taking private classes. Mario Testino has taken a number of famous royal portraits and so this seemed to be accurate but later he denied that he was teaching her and the story died.
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