Kate Middleton was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton on January 9, 1982, in Reading, Berkshire, England, to Michael and Carole Middleton.
On November 16, 2010, Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement. The Prince proposed during a vacation to Kenya, and he presented Kate with his mother’s engagement ring. The couple then announced plans to live in North Wales, where Prince William is stationed with the Royal Air Force, after their marriage.
On April 29, 2011, the couple married at Westminster Abbey in London. Kate wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton—a fact that remained a closely guarded secret until the big day. Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred Kate with the title of Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge
Middleton made headlines in September 2012, when photos of her sunbathing topless in southern France were published by a French magazine, Closer. Soon after, the photos were reproduced in publications in Ireland and Italy. As soon as news broke about the photos in Closer, the British royal family became involved in a legal battle to attain the rights to the photos, in hopes of preventing other publications from printing them. According to the Los Angeles Times, the photos weren’t picked up by any news organizations in Britain.
Four days after Closer published the photos, on September 18, 2012, the royal family won their copyrights in court: A judge ordered the French magazine to hand over the photos within 24 hours of the court’s decision, according to the L.A. Times. Closer could face daily fines of $13,000, as well as fines for any reprints of the photos, if it fails to meet the 24-hour timeline, the Times continued.
On December 3, 2012, after almost a year of baby rumors and much speculation, St. James Palace officially announced that Kate Middleton was pregnant. On the same day of the announcement, Middleton, with Prince William by her side, was hospitalized at King Edward VII hospital in London with acute morning sickness.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the official statement confirmed the pregnancy. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Kate Middleton is now the proud mum to her children, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
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