Rise of a Fairytale Princess

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Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton was born on the 9th of January, 1982, the eldest of three children born to flight attendant Carole Elizabeth and flight dispatcher Michael Francis Middleton, an airline officer for British Airways. Michael and Carole married on 21 June 1980 at the Parish Church of St. James in Dorney, Buckinghamshire.

In 1987 Michael and Carole founded ?Party Pieces,’ a mail order company selling party supplies and decorations. The company prospered and made them millionaires. Catherine was raised in a modern five-bedroom detached house in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and educated at St Andrew’s School in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire, South East England. She studied briefly at Downe House before moving on to Marlborough College, a co-ed independent school at Marlborough in Wiltshire in South West England. Then she completed her education at the University of St Andrews in the town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. She graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) in the History of Art… and it was here that she met William, and romance blossomed. In November 2006, she accepted a position as an accessory buyer with Jigsaw, the well-loved women’s wear chain, owned by fashion tycoons John and Belle Robinson ? close family friends of Kate’s. In September 2007 it was reported that she was planning to give up her job as an accessory buyer to become a professional photographer. It was announced that she intended to take private classes with famed photog- rapher, Mario Testino, who had taken several iconic photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons. –

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