Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales is smiling at the camera. She wears a blue dress and hat. On her dress, we can see a Maple Leaf brooch.

Her Royal Highness wears a 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 3 children.

Along with her husband The Prince of Wales, Her Royal Highness was named Princess of Wales by His Majesty King Charles III, during his first address to the public on September 9, 2022, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Early life and education

In 1986, after 2 years in Amman, Jordan, the Middletons returned to their home in West Berkshire where Catherine Middleton 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, Her Royal Highness graduated with a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. She first met Prince William while studying at St. Andrews.

Marriage and family

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

Their Royal Highnesses have 3 children:

  • Prince George, born July 22, 2013
  • Princess Charlotte, born May 2, 2015
  • Prince Louis, born April 23, 2018

Charitable work

Along with her husband, The Princess of Wales leads The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales, based in the United Kingdom. The Royal Foundation’s programs focus on conservation, early childhood, mental health and emergency responders.

The Prince and Princess of Wales stand in stairs with their children.

Their Royal Highnesses with their children during their 2016 tour of Canada.

Tours of Canada

After their marriage, Their Royal Highnesses toured Canada in 2011, their first visit in the Commonwealth as a couple. In 2016, they visited Canada again, bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them, their first official visit as a family.

Learn more about past royal tours in Canada.

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