40 Fascinating Facts About Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton has lived her life in the public eye since news of her romance with Prince William first surfaced in 2004. In 2010, she gave her first BBC interview following her engagement to William, giving us a chance to get to know her better. Of course, the couple’s royal wedding in 2011 was watched by 17.6 million people worldwide.
While Kate has long been a household name, she was once a regular student who played sports and modeled for her parents’ business. She is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of a commoner finding her fairytale ending, and we can’t get enough of her!
Discover fascinating facts about this beloved British royal!
She lived in Jordan as a child
She took a meaningful gap year
She met Prince William in passing at nine years old
For most people, the prospect of meeting a British royal in passing may seem a bit far-fetched. However, if you’re from England and attend a well-to-do school, you are likely to meet some of them at least once.
She first met Prince William at the University of St. Andrews
Everyone knows that while you’re attending university, you’re bound to find a love interest among your classmates. And, since most people are between the ages of 18 and 25, finding a match shouldn’t be too difficult.
She worked as a waitress while attending university
A British royal’s job is far different from what ordinary people typically have. Many royals devote their lives to various charitable causes and diplomatic missions. It is unlikely for young royals to work casual jobs in their high school and university years to earn some extra money.
She did her own makeup for her wedding
Kate enjoys curry
She plays the piano
She did not have a poster of Prince William in her childhood bedroom
She loves to bake
She’s quite the actress
She plays the flute
After learning to play the piano, Kate then turned her attention to the flute. According to Kate, she played the woodwind instrument while she was a student at St. Andrew’s in Berkshire until she was 18 years old.
She likes giving handcrafted gifts
She has a pub named in her honor
She loves wine
She has a competitive streak
She loves taking photos
She’s a hands-on mother
She’s a great cook
She takes the dog out for walks herself
She loves doing yoga
She’s a bit of a Potterhead
She remains close to her family
She’s just like us in many ways
She does her own grocery shopping
She shops at IKEA too
While this may come as a surprise to many, William and Kate also shop at IKEA! Despite having a net worth in the tens of millions of dollars, the royal couple once revealed that all of their children’s rooms have furniture from the famous Swedish retailer.
She likes to repeat her outfits
She modeled for her parents’ company as a child
She was a guest editor for Huffington Post UK
She waited a while before finally meeting the Queen
She once asked friends and family to start calling her “Catherine”
She had a funny childhood nickname
She’s allergic to horses
She stuck to tradition on her wedding day
She has a famous American relative
She is slightly older than her husband
She was on the cover of British Vogue’s centenary issue
She has made multiple appearances on the Time 100 list
She’s a humanitarian at heart
Being a member of the British royal family entails participating in many humanitarian activities. Fortunately for Kate, she is well qualified to do so. She is a humanitarian at heart, a trait that she shares with the late Princess Diana.