Carole Middleton is known for, besides being Kate Middleton’s mother, as a very successful businesswoman, however a role she takes more pride in is as a grandmother. She is the grandmother to four wonderful children, Kate Middleton’s Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, Prince Louis, two, and Arthur Matthews, two, Pippa Middleton’s only child at the moment as there is a second on its way.
In a recent interview in Good Housekeeping, she talked about all the things they do when they spend time together. Describing herself as “hands-on”, much like her daughter Kate, Carole shared: “I want to run down the hills, climb the trees and go through the tunnel at the playground. As long as I am able to, that’s what I’ll be doing. I cook with them, I muck around dancing, we go on bike rides.”
During the interview she also spoke about her company, Party Pieces, and her strong work ethic, revealing: “I’m not someone to sit on the sofa for a long time. I have a lot of energy and enjoy my work. I grew up watching my parents, who both worked extremely hard.
“My father was a builder, and my mother worked part-time in a jewellery shop and later, would go to work in a factory. I remember them working hard to make ends meet and give us a lifestyle.”
When asked about how her usual day at the company goes, Carole replied with: “The business has a CEO now. So I have the luxury of being able to focus on new ideas and how to grow, which is always an enjoyable challenge.
“We’re currently working on the very first range of Party Pieces own-brand tableware for children’s parties. And that is a real passion project. I’m still hands-on and love going to our warehouse and seeing where the orders are going.
“I have a wonderful team of people, some of whom have stayed with me since the early days.”
In previous statements Carole has credited her three children with contributing to the success of Party Pieces. She founded it back in 1987, all the while being pregnant with her youngest, James Middleton.
Carole explained: “Catherine started the First Birthday brand. She chose the products and looked after all the imagery and the catalogue production. Pippa set up the blog, as we didn’t have one. James came up with the idea of personalized cakes and got them off the ground for us,” she said.
“Because they all grew up with me working, Party Pieces has been very much part of our lives and what we talked about. I still ask their advice and say ‘What do you think of this?'”