Her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Goldsmith, pushed her children to aim high and, as a result, Kate's mother became an airline hostess—at the time, a considerably glamorous job.It was on this job at British Airways that Carole met Michael Middleton, a dispatcher, whose wealthy family hails from Leeds and which has ties to British aristocracy. In 1987, Carole and Michael founded a mail-order party goods company.

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This led to rumors that Middleton was being groomed for a position of royalty.

However, with Prince William headed off to a military academy, Middleton was faced with tending the paparazzi frenzy, alone.

Kate attended exclusive boarding schools, including St.

Andrew's Prep School, Downe House, and Marlborough College.

Middleton's boyfriend graduated at the end of the 2002 school term, and the couple soon parted ways over issues of distance.

Newly single and entering her sophomore year, Middleton and several friends were invited to share a flat with Prince William, a setting that allowed their budding romance to blossom.The couple agreed not to hold hands in public, or be seen sitting together at dinner parties.This seemed to throw off the press for the most part.Shortly before their wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred Kate with the title of Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.After the palace officially announced her pregnancy in December 2012, Middleton gave birth to Prince George, the third in line to the throne, on July 22, 2013, amid an international media frenzy.Middleton and Prince William shared several classes in their course schedule as well, and soon became friends.