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Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be

Jul 22, 2013 16:13pm
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton, who is expecting her first child with Prince Williams, was rushed to hospital today after going into labour. As the world awaits the royal baby's birth, we give you an insight into the journey of a middle-class girl who went on to become the Duchess of Cambridge and the royal mother-to-be, and the most memorable events in her life.

    Born to Michael Middleton, who worked as a flight attendant before becoming a flight dispatcher for British Airways and Carole, a former flight attendant, Kate Middleton studied at St. Andrew's School in Berkshire. She later moved to Downe House School followed by her admission at Marlborough College and St. Andrews. It was St. Andrews where she met Prince Williams. Prince Williams and Kate kicked off their relationship as friends. The husband-wife duo dated secretly until a ski trip that happened in 2004.

    In 2007, Middleton and Prince Williams parted ways after realizing that they weren't too close post their college days. However, the split lasted for a brief period. After a few months, they reunited and in 2010, Prince Williams proposed to Kate during a trip to Kenya.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London on November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William had an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William and his bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for an official photograph, with their bridesmaids and pageboys, on the day of their wedding, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, in central London on April 29, 2011. (clockwise from bottom right) Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, William Lowther-Pinkerton.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, watched by bridemaids Grace van Cutsem (L) and Margarita Armstrong-Jones and pageboy Tom Pettifer, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London on April 29, 2011.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walk together in Buckingham Palace, following their wedding on Friday, in central London on April 30, 2011.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, view the annual summer exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2011.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on February 8, 2012. The visit was the first solo public engagement for the princess.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to school children as she leaves after her visit to the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford, southern England on February 21, 2012. The Duchess who is patron of the charity The Art Room, visited two schools in Oxford on Tuesday.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays hockey with the GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree after opening a children's hospice in Ipswich, eastern England on March 19, 2012.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, Camila the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrive at a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in central London on May 29, 2012.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William (2nd R) and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) stand with Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and his wife Samantha in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 29, 2012.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • A copy of the Irish Daily Star sits on a table in a pub near Bridgend in County Donegal on September 15, 2012. The Irish tabloid newspaper broke ranks with its British and Irish rivals to publish topless pictures of the wife of Prince William on Saturday, angering its British co-owners and risking legal action from the royal family.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge listen to a village chief deliver a speech after their arrival in Marapa Island, Solomon Islands on September 17, 2012. Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at the third stop of a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pays an official visit to the Hope House residential treatment centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts, London on February 19, 2013.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, showing visible signs of pregnancy, meets scouts at the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, near London on April 21, 2013.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2013.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a naming ceremony for the 'Royal Princess' cruise ship in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013. The ceremony involved a blessing, the tradition of smashing a bottle over the hull of the ship and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Britain's Prince Andrew (L), Prince Harry (2nd L), Prince William (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London on June 15, 2013. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • A member of the U.S. media decides which baby clothes to show to the camera outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth, in London on July 15, 2013. The first child of Prince William and his wife Kate is due in mid-July, with the couple saying they have no idea of the sex of the baby, who will be third in line to the British throne.
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  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be
  • Kate Middleton's journey from a commoner to royal mother-to-be