|- Birth -
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton was born on 9 January 1982. She is the eldest of three children born to Carole Elizabeth (born 1955, née Goldsmith), a flight attendant, and Michael Francis Middleton (born 1949), a flight dispatcher and later an airline officer for British Airways. In 1987 her parents founded Party Pieces, a mail order company that sells party supplies and decorations.
Kate has two siblings, Philippa Charlotte, known as "Pippa", and James William. Pippa, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, has received press coverage since her sister became famous, with focus on her relationships and lifestyle.
- Education -
The Middleton family were in Amman, Jordan from May 1984 to September 1986, where Kate went to an English language nursery school. After her return from Amman, Middleton was educated at St. Andrew's School in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire, then briefly at Downe House. She then attended Marlborough College, an exclusive school in Wiltshire, where she was described as level-headed, popular and talented. She studied Chemistry, Biology and Art at A-level.
- University -
Kate enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Fife, where she met William and graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) in the History of Art.
- Gap Year -
During her gap year Kate undertook a Raleigh International programme in Chile. She also crewed on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent.
- Career -
In November 2006, Kate accepted a position as an accessory buyer with clothing chain Jigsaw.
In September 2007, it was reported that Kate was planning to give up her job as an accessory buyer to become a professional photographer. Some months later, it was announced that she intended to take private classes with photographer Mario Testino, who had taken several well-known photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons. Middleton and Testino apparently were introduced by Prince William. Testino later denied that Kate was going to be working for him.
In 2008 Kate helped out at her parents' company, Party Pieces.