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35 Fabulous Things You Didn't Know About Kate Middleton

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 15 January 2017
Did you know Kate Middleton supposedly signed a prenup before her wedding and that her pet name for Prince William is ‘Big Willie’ – oh, and that apparently she’s related to George Washington?! We didn’t! In celebration of the Duchess of Cambridge’s 35th birthday, we thought us cultured lot would get to know a little bit more about one of the most photographed and influential women in the world. Trust us, these fabulous 35 things you didn’t know about the Duchess are truly EYE-OPENING.

 

 

1. Kate’s pet name for her husband, Prince William, is apparently ‘Big Willie.’ Unfortunately, we can’t verify this…

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William and Kate | © Shutterstock/Shaun Jeffers

 

2. She is related to George Washington, first President of the United States of America. They are cousins eight times removed. Sir William Gascoigne, who died in 1847, is their common ancestor…

 

3. The Duchess’ stunning engagement ring actually belonged to Prince Harry, who heavily guarded and looked after it following Princess Diana’s death…

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William and Kate | © Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office

 

4. Kate Middleton likes to make strawberry and plum preserves, which she often gifts to her family. Yes, please…

 

5. Like The Queen, Catherine is also a very keen photographer. Before her marriage, she used to take pictures for her parents’ mail-order business, Party Pieces…

 

6. The future Princess of Wales studied at the famous British Institute in Florence during her gap year. During her time there, she learned a mixture of Italian and art history. She also paid for the whole lot herself!

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7. According to reports, Kate loves to spend her time riding Boris Bikes (or are they Sadiq bikes now?) when she’s in London…

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8. In line with tradition, a secret blue ribbon was sewn into Kate Middleton’s fabulous Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen wedding dress…

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9. At the young age of 29, the Duchess was the oldest royal bride in British history!

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© Shutterstock/ Featureflash Photo Agency

 

10. After graduating, Kate wanted to design her own children’s clothing line. Might want to do that before you’re Queen….

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11. Breaking with royal tradition, Kate Middleton spent her wedding night at Buckingham Palace. Normally royal couples leave London straight after their wedding service…

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12. According to various reports, Kate Middleton is no lightweight and can easily drink William under the table. We would pay money to see that!

 

13. After being given the title Duchess of Cambridge, a pub in Windsor renamed their establishment in her honour…

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14. She’s a massive fan of TV boxsets, including the likes of the now-finished Downton Abbey and The Killing

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15. Her middle name is Elizabeth…

16. When on official visits, the Duchess has been known to change her outfits up to five times a day!

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17. As a teenager, she had a massive crush on the 90s Levis guy. Sorry Wills. Looks like she’s all smiles for you now though…

 

18. Her nickname at primary school was ‘Squeak!’

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19. Kate lived in Amman, Jordan, for two and a half years as a child. She also went to nursery there, too…

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20. She rolled her eyes when asked brusquely to “keep wrapping” presents during a charity visit to New York in 2014 (LOL)!

 

21. Her shoes are a size five and a half. The size was revealed when her wedding shoes went on display in 2011…

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22. She co-founded a female drinking society at St Andrews University…

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23. Kate graduated with a 2:1 in Art History in 2005…

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© Twocoms / Shutterstock.com

 

24. Which makes her the first royal wife to hold a degree…

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25. Her first big fashion moment was when she wore a £40 Topshop dress on her 25th birthday – and yes, it sold out after this…

 

26. Kate loves a good cocktail. She used to party at Kensington nightclub Boujis. Her go-to cocktail was the ‘Crack Baby’…

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27. Kate is the eldest out of Carole and Michael Middleton’s three children…

The Duchess of Cambridge holds Princess Charlotte in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House

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28. The 35-year-old’s dad, Michael, was once an airline pilot…

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29. And her mum, Carole, used to be an airline stewardess!

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30. The Duchess loves sports, especially hockey and tennis – oh, and boxing apparently…

 

31. Kate is said to have been the first royal to sign a prenup. Gotta protect your assets after all…

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32. Before becoming a ‘professional princess’ and mum, Kate was an Assistant Buyer at London retailer Jigsaw. See, she’s just like us!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the garden at Sandringham House

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33. Kate’s signature scent is Jo Malone Orange Blossom…

 

34. Kate once made The Queen homemade chutney for Christmas. Can you imagine the pressure?!

The Queen inspects the table ahead of tonight's #ColombiaStateVisit Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

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35. And probably one of the most hilarious things we’ve found out is that the Duchess owns a sausage maker. Giggles all round.

 


 

For more royal news, take a look at the Queen’s 90th birthday portrait