Kate: The Making of a Princess
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Kate Middleton is the girl everyone wants to be.
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is living a perfect Cinderella fairy tale. She is engaged to Britain's most desirable bachelor—and now she's the future queen of England!
Academically gifted and sophisticated beyond her years, this dark-haired beauty possesses the natural poise and impeccable breeding necessary for the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. She has charmed Prince William and his circle and captivated the entire House of Windsor. Yet there is a history behind her polished veneer that would surprise any royal court observer—an extraordinary, inspiring, and deeply moving tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of British society.
Based on exclusive and intimate interviews with Kate's closest friends and relatives, and illustrated throughout with photographs, many published here for the very first time, Claudia Joseph's Kate: The Making of a Princess is a fascinating portrait of the extraordinary young woman who will be queen—and the story of a family's remarkable journey from the mining villages of Durham to an apartment in the royal residence of Clarence House.
picks, shovels, candles, ropes and explosives. The miners worked in gangs in order to protect themselves from thieving, and fights regularly broke out between rival groups. Such skirmishes aside, the daily danger of mine working tended to unite the communities. Any report of an accident would mean that the women in the area would gather at the pithead, anxious for information about their men. It was a tradition that would last well into the twentieth century, when pit disasters, although much
Unitarian and mixed in a circle that included Florence Nightingale, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Charles Darwin. She was also the second cousin of Guy Ritchie’s great-great-grandfather William Martineau. His granddaughter Doris McLaughlin married the war hero Major Stewart Ritchie, a Seaforth Highlander who won a Military Cross during the First World War, meaning that not only does Kate have aristocratic blood, but she also has connections to Hollywood royalty. The family business, William
Committees was rejected because she was a woman. She later had to endure the ignominy of being rejected by the family firm because she was female. Fran’s widow Dorothy, nicknamed Dort, was one of the more fortunate. Despite having a four-year-old daughter, Ruth, she soon managed to find herself a second husband, her late husband’s cousin Arthur. The couple married in 1919 and their son Tom was born the following year. They moved into a house on the edge of Chapel Allerton, and Arthur split his
gatecrashing of William’s 21st birthday. A neighbouring cottage was chosen as the centre of a security operation, and squads of officers were drafted in to keep 24-hour surveillance on the farmhouse. The cottage was also bombproofed and CCTV cameras and panic buttons installed, linked to both local police stations and Buckingham Palace in case of an emergency. The increased privacy and freedom of their new, more rural home gave William and Kate the opportunity to begin their burgeoning
reception afterwards at Camilla’s former home Ray Mill House, the talk was that they had taken another step towards a royal engagement. While William returned to Sandhurst after the wedding for his second term at the academy, Kate remained a fixture on the social scene, showing little inclination to get a job. One of her first engagements, the week after the wedding, was the launch of The Shop at Bluebird, a boutique below Terence Conran’s exclusive eaterie, in the former garage that once housed