Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, who is now known as HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on January 9, 1982, the eldest of three children of Michael and Carole Middleton. She has a younger sister and a younger brother, Pippa and James.
Upon graduating, she worked as a photographer for her parents mail-order business, Party Pieces and as a part-time buyer for the clothing company, Jigsaw Junior.
She was formally introduced to public life on 24 February 2011, two months before the wedding, when she and Prince William attended a lifeboat naming ceremony in Trearddur, Anglesey in North Wales. She presently has one honorary military appointment-a Canadian Ranger, as of 5 July 2011.