In 2006, Kate began to work for the clothing chain Jigsaw as an accessory buyer, but gave up this job the following year announcing that she wished to become a professional photographer. It's possible that the media attention she was receiving by this time made working at Jigsaw difficult.
She was raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Her father's family came from Leeds, West Yorkshire, her mother's family, the Harrisons, were working class labourers and miners from County Durham.
Kate was educated at Marlborough College before St Andrews University, where she studied Art History and met Prince William after he famously bought front row tickets to watch her model underwear in a charity fashion show. The pair made their first official outing as a couple in 2004. Although the couple briefly split in 2007, they finally announced their engagement on 16 November 2010, after the Prince proposed during a holiday in Kenya the month before, presenting Kate with his late mother Diana's oval 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond ring.
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton has been dating Prince William since 2002. The eldest of three children, Kate grew up in Berkshire as the daughter of an air hostess and a flight dispatcher, who were soon to become self-made millionaires after founding their own company, Party Pieces.
In August 2008, Kate & William were again photographed together during a summer fling in the Caribbean island of Mustique. Meanwhile, reports also circulated that grandmother Queen Elizabeth expressed a private desire that Middleton first secure a "proper full-time job" before the couple announce their engagement.
While they were still dating, Middleton had already met William's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and had frequently appeared on the arm of her boyfriend at official royal ceremonies.
After marrying William, Kate was bestowed the title of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Catherine "Kate" Elizabeth Middleton was born on Jan 9, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England. Kate attended St. Andrews School and later attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she met her future husband, Prince William (Duke of Cambridge).
News that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, the probable future queen of England, has been instructed to curtsy to her husband’s younger cousins has caused some surprise here, where she has quickly come to be regarded as one of the most senior members of the royal family.
Kate Middleton met Prince William as a student at St Andrews University. Ten years later, she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge when they married at Westminster Abbey. The royal wedding was watched by millions around the world - and made a star of her younger sister Pippa