Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Maple Leaf brooch during the 2016 tour of Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Maple Leaf brooch during the 2016 tour of Canada.

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to Michael and Carole Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982. On June 20, 1982, Catherine was christened at St. Andrew's Bradfield in Berkshire. She is the eldest of three children.

Early life and education

In 1986, after two years in Amman, Jordan, the Middletons returned to their home in West Berkshire where The Duchess of Cambridge attended St. Andrew's School. She went on to Marlborough College in Wiltshire in 1995, where she studied chemistry, biology and art.

After leaving Marlborough College in July 2000, Her Royal Highness took a gap year during which she studied at the British Institute in Florence, undertook a Raleigh International program in Chile, and crewed a Round the World Challenge boat in the Solent.

In 2005, the Duchess graduated with a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The Duchess of Cambridge first met Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, while studying at St. Andrews.

Marriage and family

On November 16, 2010, the Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince William, to Catherine Middleton. The couple celebrated their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. On the occasion of their wedding, The Queen granted the couple the titles The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple have three children: Prince George, born July 22, 2013, Princess Charlotte, born May 2, 2015, and Prince Louis, born April 23, 2018.

Charitable work and military appointments

The Duchess of Cambridge is involved in The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children during the 2016 tour of Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children during the 2016 tour of Canada.

Tours of Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her husband The Duke of Cambridge on tours to Canada in 2011 and as a family in 2016, bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them.

For more information, visit the official website of the British Monarchy.

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