As the girlfriend of the prince, finding a job was also difficult; the position had to be considered respectable by the royal family, while also allowing Middleton the flexibility to take off at a moments' notice to be with the prince.

In November 2006, Middleton finally found an acceptable position as an assistant accessories buyer with the British clothing chain Jigsaw in London.

The two graduated together that summer, with Middleton earning an honors degree in art history.

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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.

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.

And on her first day at co-ed Marlborough, some particularly mean-spirited boys began rating incoming students based on attractiveness and personality. Despite the initial setbacks, however, Kate did well in her studies, passing 11 GCSEs and three A-level exams.

In 2001, Middleton became a student at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Salvator's Hall — the same dormitory as Prince William of Wales.

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.

It was later reported that she left the company in order to study portrait photography.