Catherine, Princess of Wales, born Kate Middleton, is best known for her relationship with Prince William, whom she met while attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2001. Born January 9, 1982, she is the oldest daughter of party supply company owners Michael and Carole Middleton.
The former accessories buyer began dating William, son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana, in December 2003, though they were not photographed together publicly until a skiing trip in Klosters the following April. As a result of the increased media attention, the future princess received her own 24-hour security detail supplied by the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department.
In April 2007, the couple briefly split up before reconciling later that summer. The following year, the soon-to-be duchess accompanied William when he was awarded his RAF wings at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. She also attended his investiture into the Order of the Garter with the Royal Family.
In November 2010, William proposed to Middleton during a rustic vacation in Kenya. The couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, which is when they got their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Duchess Kate announced her first pregnancy in December 2012. The couple’s son, George Alexander Louis, was born on July 22, 2013. She gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, on May 2, 2015. The duo welcomed their third child, a son named Louis Arthur Charles, on April, 23, 2018.
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After Queen Elizabeth II’s death and King Charles III’s ascension in September 2022, Kate was named Princess of Wales, marking the first time the title was passed on after Princess Diana’s death. Her husband became Prince of Wales, a title reserved for the monarch’s first heir.