Thursday, January 9, 2014

Royal Profile:Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to Michael and Carole Middleton on 9 January 1982{Source}. The Duchess is the eldest of three children and has one sister (Philippa AKA Pippa, 1983) and one brother (James, 1987).

On 20 June 1982, she was christened at the St. Andrew's Bradfield Parish Church{Source}. 

At the age of two, her family moved to Jordan where her father worked for two and a half years {Source}. During this time, she attended a nursery school in Amman, Jordan {Source}. Upon the family's return to the UK in September 1986, she began attending St. Andrew's School, where she attended until 1995 {Source}. She then attended Marlbourough College, where she took A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Art {Source}.

During her time at Marlborough College, she was an avid sportswoman{Source}. She participated in the school's tennis, hockey and netball sports, as well as took part in track and field{Source}. Also during this time, she took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Gold Award {Source}. She left Marborough in 2000 to undertake a gap year before beginning university{Source}. During her gap year, she studied at the British Institute in Florence, Italy, undertook a Raleigh International Programme in Italy, and crewed on the Round the World Challege Boats in Solent {Source}. Upon her return from her GAP Year, she enrolled at St. Andrew's University, graduating in 2005 with a 2:1 degree in History of Art{Source}. During her time at St. Andrew's University, she participated in the school's hockey team {Source}.

Upon completing her degree in 2005, she began working as a photographer for her parents' business, Party Pieces{Source} and worked as a buyer for the clothing company Jigsaw Junior {Source}. In 2008, she launched a spin off business of Party Pieces called First Birthdays{Source}.

After several years of dating the heir's-heir to the throne (Prince William of Wales) after meeting him at University, the announcement of their engagement was made in November 2010 {Source}. Their wedding took place on 29 April 2011 (St. Catherine's Day) at Westminister Abbey. Upon her marriage, her title become officially Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Strathearn and The Lady Carrickfergus {Source}. On 22 July 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince George of Cambridge, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington{Source}.

The Duchess’s hobbies include recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, swimming, sailing, and the arts such as photography and painting{Source}.

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