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20 Interesting Facts About Kate Middleton You Didn’t Know

Back in 2011, Kate Middleton joined the Royal family when she married Prince William and got the title of Duchess of Cambridge. Since then she has become a vital part of the royal family, quickly becoming a fan favourite and making a name for herself with her style, grace and fashion choices. So why not get to know the Duchess of Cambridge better with these 20 facts.

  • 1. Kate is 175cm tall, meaning she is 5’9” by American standards, with her shoe size being 39, which equates to 8 1/2 in American sizes.
  • 2. As a kid in the mid-eighties, she lived in Amman, Jordan, for a few years while her father was working at the British Airways.
  • 3. She was quite a prodigy, excelling not only in sports but also drama and music. Her favourite activities include tennis, hockey and netball.
  • 4. For her education, she went to Marlborough College, a co-ed private school in Wiltshire, UK. Her sister, Pippa Middleton, and Princess Eugenie studied there also attended the same school.
  • 5. She is actually older than her husband Prince William by six months. Both were born in 1982, with the Duchess being born in January, while the Duke is in June.
  • 6. After college, she had a part-time job as an accessories buyer for British clothing retailer Jigsaw and Jigsaw Junior.
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  • 7. Although she and William are the ultimate royal couple, back in April 2007 the two of them broke up and got back together three months later. This was confirmed by them in their official engagement interview.
  • 8. She was part of an all-female dragon-boat crew called The Sisterhood in 2007. They were training to cross the English channel, but she had to withdraw from the team due to safety reasons involving the press.
  • 9. The wedding dress she wore for her big day had a 2.7-meter long trail and had hand-embroidered lace flowers.
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  • 10. Her wedding dress has secrets of its own. She followed the bridal tradition “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Her “something blue” was a secret blue ribbon sewed into the dress.
  • 11. She finished off her wedding day look by wearing Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara. The tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth in 1944 by her mother when she was 18 years old. Her Majesty then lent the tiara to Kate for her 2011 royal wedding.
  • 12. Kate has three royal titles. Besides from the most-widely used Duchess of Cambridge, she has the title of Countess of Strathearn when she is in Scotland, while when she visits Northern Ireland she has the title of Lady Carrickfergus.
  • 13. Her wedding to Prince William was quite the marketing success as well. For the big event, a whole new array of royal memorabilia was made, ranging from Kate and William tea bags, dolls and even pizza.
  • 14. Artist Paul Emsley unveiled her first official portrait in January 2013. He was commissioned to paint the portrait after being selected by the Duchess herself.
  • 15. Her younger brother, James Middleton, revealed in 2014 that he gave Kate the cocker spaniel dog named Lupo as a wedding gift.
  • 16. The Duchess loves to cook and to try out recipes from the “Great British Bake Off”. She got to meet Marry Berry, who is part of the show, in 2013, with Kate telling her how big of a fan she is of her cookbooks and cakes.
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  • 17. Her role as a royal has given her the power to support all kinds of organizations and charities. She is the patron of The Royal Foundation, Action for Children, Action on Addiction, National Portrait Gallery, Place2Be and SportsAid.
  • 18. Kate and Prince William launched Heads Together in 2016, a campaign whose goal is to help end stigma on mental health. Heads Together have partnered with various charities to raise awareness of mental health struggles and encourage people to ask for or find support.
  • 19. In 2015, Prince William revealed that one of his and Kate’s favourite TV programs is “Downtown Abbey”, during a special tribute to the drama. In 2017, William and his wife also revealed that they were fans of “Game Of Thrones” and “Homeland”.
  • 20. In 2016 she agreed to a photo shoot for Vogue and was featured in a 10-page spread for the magazines 100-year anniversary.

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