Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton

Updated: Jan 13, 2017, 14:44
  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    The royal princess Kate Middleton holds four titles including her most well known title the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate is the Countess of Strathearn when she is visiting Scotland and the Lady Carrickfergus for visits to Northern Ireland. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    Kate was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on January 9 1982 to parents Michael and Carole Middleton. She is the eldest out three children. Her parents Michael and Carole, a former flight dispatcher and flight attendant, respectively, who in 1987 founded Party Pieces, a mail order private company that sells party supplies and decorations with an estimated worth of 30 million pounds. She has a younger sister, Philippa 'Pippa', and a younger brother, James. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    Kate loves sports as well and going by college report, she is pretty good at it too. She's not just a pretty face as she was on the hockey, tennis, netball, rounders and swimming teams at school. (Picture) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she abseils during a visit to the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, north Wales. The Towers is an outdoor education centre run by Wolverhampton Council providing adventure activities for children. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    In 2001, Kate enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She graduated with a 2:1 in History of Art in 2005. it was here, where she met her future husband Prince William. They both lived in the same building, but she really caught his attention when he paid 200 pounds to watch the tall brunette (she's 5-foot, 9-inches!) walk the runway in a sheer dress for a charity fashion show. (In picture) Charlotte Todd poses for photographers with a see-through dress she designed, which was worn by Kate Middleton that helped Kate Middleton catch the eye of husband-to-be Prince William. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    The bridal dress, designed by the London-based designer Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, was made of satin and featured an overlaid lace bodice and appliqued skirt. To keep to tradition, Kate had a blue ribbon sewn into the interior of her wedding dress. Her wedding dress had a 2.7m train and hand embroidered individual lace flowers. Her look was described as a 'soft smokey eye' with pink lips and cheeks. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    Prince William and Catherine Middleton became engaged in October 2010, in Kenya, during a 10-day trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to celebrate Prince William's passing his RAF helicopter search and rescue course. Prince William gave Middleton the engagement ring that had belonged to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The couple married in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 (St. Catherine's Day), with the day declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    On 22 July 2013, the Duchess gave birth to a healthy baby boy who weighed 8lb 6oz. Two days later the proud parents revealed they had called him George Alexander Louis.
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    Kate gave birth to a girl on May 2, 2015. The little princess was 8 pounds 3 ounces. On 4 May 2015, Kensington Palace announced that the baby would be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    A handout picture obtained in London on December 18, 2015, shows Britain's Prince William (R), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L) and their two children Prince George (L) and Princess Charlotte in a photograph taken in late October 2015 at Kensington Palace in London.
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    As a member of the royal family, Kate holds four titles including her most well known title the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate is the Countess of Strathearn when she is visiting Scotland and the Lady Carrickfergus for visits to Northern Ireland. (Picture) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laughs as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gestures as they watch part of a children's sports event on their visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham, central England. The Queen, accompanied by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended several engagements during a visit to the city during the Queen's diamond jubilee tour. Pic/AFP
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  • Birthday Special: The fairytale life of Catherine 'Kate' Middleton
    Not only her style but Kate Middleton's headwears have been admired across the globe. From jaunty chapeaus to festive fedoras, she has wholly embraced the regal tradition of wearing many, many hats befitting a princess. In January 2012, she was voted 'Headwear Person of the Year. Pic/AFP
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As the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine 'Kate' Middleton turns 34 on January 9, we take a look at the royal fairy tale of the gorgeous princess

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