UKate is a whimsical commentary on the looks and lifestyle of HRH Catherine Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge – Europe’s classiest Royal. We’re following her fashion exploits while we strive to weave a dash of her style into our own worlds – wanting for Windsorness as they may be. Stop by daily for a romantical round-up of the latest looks in fascinators and other anglophile flourishes and join us as we keep up on Kate.
Kate Middleton in a fabulous fascinator
Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire to Carole Elizabeth and Michael Francis Middleton; both former employees of British Airways. Kate is the oldest of three children. Her siblings are Philippa “Pippa” Charlotte and James William Middleton.
Kate was raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire. In 1987, the Middletons founded Party Pieces, a mail order party supply company from which they became self-made millionaires.
After attending Marlborough College, Kate went on to the University of St Andrews, where she met fellow student, Prince William in 2001. The two became friends while sharing housing with a group of other students, but sparks didn’t fly until the night of a 2002 charity fashion show in which Kate took to the catwalk in a sheer black dress. Wills, in VIP seats, finally took notice when he proclaimed to his friends, “Kate is Hot!” Friends claim the two spent the rest of the evening huddled in the corner together at the show’s after-party.
It’s hard to say when the two started dating exclusively as they kept their relationship very quiet at first, but it’s likely that the romance began in 2003. Kate’s nebulous status as the girlfriend of Prince William brought her widespread media coverage and she was often photographed on her daily outings – much to her frustration.
Kate graduated from St Andrews with a degree in Art History in 2005.
In 2007 rumors were afoot that the couple had split, but they continued to be friends, and later that year reunited.
Kate is admired for her fashion sense and has been featured in several best-dressed lists. She was selected by The Daily Telegraph as the “Most Promising Newcomer” in its 2006 list of style winners and losers. She came in at no. 8 on Tatler’s 2007 list of the top ten style icons and was also featured in People Magazine’s 2007 and 2010 best-dressed lists. Richard Blackwell included her in his list of ten “Fabulous Fashion Independents” of 2007. In June 2008 Style.com selected Kate as its monthly beauty icon and in July of that year she made Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list. Kate’s style was watched closely over the course of 2008, during which time she accompanied William to several high-profile events.
The couple became engaged during a trip Kenya in October 2010. Their new status was officially announced on November 16, 2010
Kate officially became Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge after her wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. William is second in line to the British throne (behind his father, Prince Charles), making Kate the likely future queen of Great Britain.