Socialite. Born January 9, 1982, in Berkshire, England, to pilot Michael and flight attendant Carole Middleton. In 1987, the Middletons founded their own party goods company, which helped to make them millionaires. Kate, the oldest of three children, lived a comfortable life as a result, attending the exclusive St. Andrew’s Prep School until she was 13 and then Marlborough College, where she passed 11 GCSEs and three A-level exams.
Like Prince William, Middleton was a student at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where she graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art. In 2001, while in her second year at the University of St. Andrews, Middleton met Prince William of Wales. Since 2003, she and the prince have been in an on-again-off-again relationship that has been the subject of intense media scrutiny.
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. In 2007, however, the couple publicly split. Media reports say otherwise, as Middleton had been spotted at several royal events accompanied by the prince, and other rumors indicated that the couple had been living together. Both parties deny the rumors.
In November 2006, Middleton accepted a position as an assistant accessories buyer with the British clothing chain Jigsaw, but it was reported that she left the company in order to study portrait photography. In 2010, it was revealed that Kate Middleton has been working on secret plans to start a new bakery business with her brother, James.
Rumors that Prince William is planning to propose to socialite Kate Middleton have flooded the media. The royal family has denied all reports, including Prince William’s official residence, Clarence House, which said “We don’t comment on speculation.”
According to several celebrity outlets, the engagement would take place on June 3rd or 4th, with a wedding date set for November.
The relationship between Prince William, 27, and Middleton, 28, has long been the subject of media scruitny.
While they allegedly separated in 2007, the couple has been spotted together at various family functions, fueling reports that they had secretly reunited.
The rumors are finally true: royal family member Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton are officially planning to wed. The prince and Middleton, who have been dating on and off for eight years, became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. They publicly announced their upcoming nuptials on Tuesday.
“We’re obviously thrilled,” William’s father, Prince Charles, told reporters at CNN about the news. “They’ve been practicing long enough.”
While no official date has been announced, the statement they released said “the wedding will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, in London.” More details about their planning “will be announced in due course.” The timing of their wedding comes loaded with symbolism; the prince will marry in the year that would have marked the 30th anniversary of his parents’ wedding.
William, 28, is the Queen’s eldest grandson and second in line to inherit the throne after his father, Charles. Middleton, also 28, is the daughter of millionaire entrepreneurs Carole and Michael Middleton.