Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born in Reading, England on January 9, 1982. Her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, were airline workers who later founded a party supply company. Kate has two younger siblings, a sister and a brother. For a time the family lived in the Kingdom of Jordan, where Kate's father was working, but in 1986 they returned to Britain.
In 2001, Kate Middleton enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. That was where she met Prince William, heir to the British throne. "We were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed," Prince William said in an ITV News interview after their engagement.
In the same interview, Kate said when she first met the prince, she "went bright red... and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy." However, she said, "We did become very close friends from quite early on."
Catherine Middleton graduated from St Andrews in 2005 with a degree in History of Art. Prince William also graduated that year. The two remained a couple, although they tried to avoid publicity about their relationship.
In 2007, William and Kate broke up. "At the time I wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person," said Kate after their engagement. After a separation of several months, the two were reported to have reconciled.
As the years passed without an engagment announcement, gossip and rumors ran rampant about William and his girlfriend, who was nicknamed "Waity Katie" by the media because she was supposedly waiting for an engagement ring. During that time, Kate worked for her parents' company, Party Pieces, and also worked part-time as a buyer for a clothing company. Her hobbies include photography, painting, hill walking, tennis, swimming, and sailing.
In October 2010, during a private holiday in Kenya, Prince William surprised Kate with a marriage proposal. He gave her the sapphire and diamond ring that had once belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana. "It's my mother's engagement ring... This was my way of keeping her close to it all," he explained in the couple's post-engagement interview.
On November 16, 2010, the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was officially announced. The wedding took place on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. Prince William and Catherine Middleton are now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Their first child, a son named Prince George, was born in July 2013.
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Kate: The Making of a Princess by Claudia Joseph. Based on interviews with Kate's closest friends and relatives, and illustrated throughout, this is the biography of the young woman who will be queen -- and the story of her family's remarkable journey from mining villages to royalty.
Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl. Covers the Duchess of Cambridge's early life, her first romances, her relationship with Prince William, her initiation into royal life, and her first pregnancy.
Kate: Unauthorized by Sean Smith. Biography of Catherine Middleton, including her childhood in rural Berkshire, her unhappy time as a victim of school bullies, her romance with Prince William, her evolving role as an ambassador for British fashion, and her wedding day. Illustrated.
Kate: A Biography by Marcia Moody. Covers Catherine Middleton's early years, her family, her time at St Andrews University and her relationship with Prince William, the wedding, and her official role as Duchess of Cambridge.
A Year in the Life of a Duchess by Ian Lloyd. An illustrated look at Kate Middleton's first year as the Duchess of Cambridge, including her first official trip to North America, William and Kate's first Christmas as a married couple, and photos of Catherine's most stunning outfits of the year.
Kate's Style: Smart, Chic Fashion from a Royal Role Model by Caroline Jones. A guide to achieving the Duchess of Cambridge's look. Includes a directory of her favorite retailers and designers, a visual timeline, and photos of iconic outfits with pointers on how to recreate the looks.
Kate Style: Chic and Classic Look by Alisande Healy Orme. Illustrated guide to the making of a modern princess, telling Kate Middleton's fashion story from that famous strut down the catwalk that caught a prince's eye to the emergence of an elegant look that has prompted comparisons with Princess Diana.
Kate: Style Princess by Sara Cywinski. How Kate Middleton's fashion choices evolved from safe and conservative to elegant and chic.
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen. Includes details on William's role as adviser to his fragile mother, his romantic conquests, the depression Kate rescued him from, threats to their lives, and "the Queen's historic plans for William and Kate." This edition of the book is updated with a new chapter on the wedding, plus 15 wedding photographs.
William & Kate: The Love Story: A Celebration of the Wedding of the Century by Robert Jobson. Packed with anecdotes, analysis, and exclusive photographs, this book describes Prince William's romance with Kate Middleton, their wedding plans, and what the future holds for them.
The Making of a Royal Romance: William, Kate, and Harry -- A Look Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl. This is a revised and expanded edition of Nicholl's 2010 book William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls. With a new preface, an epilogue, and two new chapters, the author now fully reveals the secret marriage pact William and Kate had for several years. The epilogue focuses on the wedding preparations.
William & Catherine: Their Story by Andrew Morton. Tell the full story of the future king and queen, including their ups and downs as a couple in the public eye, their private engagement in Kenya, and their wedding. Includes color photos.
William & Kate: Royal Family by Marie Clayton. Tracks the royal couple's courtship and marriage, their contributions to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, and the arrival of their first child. Illustrated.
Young Royals on Tour: William & Catherine in Canada by Christina Blizzard. Commemorates the couple's 2011 visit day by day, including original color photographs. 64 pages.
The New Royal Family: Prince George, William and Kate, the Next Generation by Robert Jobson, photos by Arthur Edwards. Account of Prince William's love affair with Kate Middleton, from their initial meeting to married life and the Duchess's first pregnancy.
LIFE: The Royal Baby by the editors of LIFE Magazine. Special commemorative volume, scheduled to be published quickly upon the birth of William and Kate's first child. The book visits, in words and pictures, previous royal births and details the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's happy marriage so far.
The New Royal Family: Celebrating the Arrival of Prince George of Cambridge by Ian Lloyd. This illustrated book explores the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and examines the monarchy's rules and traditions.
The Royal Baby: Commemorating the Birth of HRH Prince George by Annie Bullen. This book explores the ways in which royal children throughout history were raised. Includes more than 80 illustrations.
Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 by Amy License. Published to tie-in with the birth of Prince William and Catherine's royal baby in July 2013. Includes "details of the circumstances of conception" and the birth experience of royal mothers throughout British history.
Royal Engagement Books
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story by James Clench. Tells the story of Prince William's romance with Kate Middleton. Written by the Sun's royal correspondent, this book includes 150 photographs from Arthur Edwards.
Royal Romance, Modern Marriage: The Love Story of William and Kate by Mary Boone. Tells the charming, contemporary fairytale story of Prince William and Kate Middleton's courtship and engagement.
William & Kate: Celebrating a Royal Engagement by Robin Nunn. In a series of pictures, a leading royal photographer examines the intertwined lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Invitation to the Royal Wedding by Ian Lloyd. Tells the story of the lives and romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Includes photos.
William & Kate: The Young Royals. A square 12x12 wall calendar for the year 2013.
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story by Whitman Publishing. This "bookazine" includes close-up photos of the engagement ring and information about "the romantic side of Prince William."
William and Kate Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney. Paper dolls commemorating the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. For children ages 9 to 12.
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton from LIFE Magazine. Includes pictures of William and Kate; photos of their wedding; a detailed look at their families; and the best photos of previous royal weddings. (This edition published in May 2011, after the wedding. There was another edition of the book published before the wedding.)
William & Catherine: A Royal Wedding Souvenir by Annie Bullen. A guide to the royal wedding and the lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton so far.
William & Catherine: Their Romance and Royal Wedding in Photographs by David Elliot Cohen. Illustrated keepsake book commemorating Prince William and Kate Middleton's fairy tale romance and wedding. More than 200 photographs.
A Modern Marriage: A Royal Celebration by Debrett's. Commemorates Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton from their first dates right up to the marriage ceremony, with details of the dress, bridesmaids, flowers, music, and Westminster Abbey. Includes photographs, quirky facts about the couple, and family trees.
The Royal Wedding by James Wilkinson. Westminster Abbey's official souvenir book for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
The Royal Wedding for Dummies by Julian Knight. A slightly irreverent guide to William and Kate's wedding. Includes facts about the participants, the locations, and the history of royal weddings; a programme of the day's events; royal trivia, and more. (Published before the wedding.)
Novelty Wedding Books
The Royal Wedding Commemorative Plate and Book by Cindy De La Hoz. This kit includes an limited edition commemorative plate, an easel, and a 48-page book about Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Published before the wedding.)
Kate & Wills: Up the Aisle by Alison Jackson. Spoof photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton (portrayed by models), including their courtship, wedding preparations, celebrity guests, and the wedding itself. (Irreverent humor.)
Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble. Instructions for a handknit wedding scene. Features projects for Prince William, Kate Middleton, the Queen, Prince Harry, other members of the royal family, and even a corgi, plus an illustrated foldout of Westminster Abbey.
Royal Wedding Doodles: Romantic and Regal Pictures to Create and Complete by Katy Jackson. Inspired by Prince William's wedding, this book offers pictures to complete and color, including wedding dress, flowers, and wedding cake.
The Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton by C.W. Cooke and Michael Szyksznian. A graphic novel (comic book) about Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Kate & William: A Very Public Love Story by Rich Johnston, art by Mike Collins, Gary Erskine, and Owen Jollands. Kate Middleton fell in love with her best friend. He just happened to be the heir to the throne. See their stories, back to back, in comic book form. Contains two stories: William Windsor: A Very Public Prince and Kate Middleton: A Very Private Princess. A special edition to commemorate the royal engagement and wedding.
Colour in Kate: Pretty Pictures of the Divine Duchess to Colour and Complete from Buster Books. A coloring book with pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in some of her most stylish outfits. For children ages 6 to 9.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge by Nick Hunter. Explore Kate Middleton's childhood, education, professional accomplishments, marriage to Prince William, and what makes her extraordinary.
Kate Middleton: Real-Life Princess by Sarah Tieck. Biography of Prince William's wife for children ages 9 to 12.
Prince William & Kate: A Royal Romance by Matt Doeden. Follows the couple's romance from their first meeting at the University of St. Andrews to their wedding ceremony. For children ages 9 to 12.
Our Royal Baby by Sue McMillan. A "fun and informative book, full of photos" of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, including the first glimpses of the new arrival.
Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Paper Dolls by Norma Lu Meehan. This 8-page book features two Kate dolls, a Prince William doll, and 17 outfits for Kate, including her wedding gown.
These DVDs and CDs are formatted for North American audiences.
The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine. Official commemorative DVD of the royal wedding. Includes the complete ceremony plus highlights from the official BBC coverage.
The Royal Wedding: The Official Album. A CD (audio only) of the entire service of Prince William's marriage to Catherine Middleton.
William & Kate: Planning a Royal Wedding. Released in May 2011, after the wedding of Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton.
Royal Wedding of a Lifetime. Six-part documentary series from Lifetime that examines William and Kate's courtship from their first meeting to the moment they declared "I will."
Prince William and Kate: The Royal Romance. This documentary about the courtship of Prince William and Kate Middleton includes highlights from their 2010 engagement interview and photocall.
William & Kate. This 2011 Lifetime TV movie, starring Camilla Luddington as Catherine Middleton and Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William, chronicles the couple's nine-year courtship.
William & Kate Engagement (photos)