Curiosities you may not have known about Kate Middleton

Catherine Middleton, Princess of Wales, is one of the most popular figures in the British royal family. She is commonly referred to as Kate but prefers to be Catherine herself.

Besides being recognised for her impeccable style and innate elegance, Prince William's wife has much more to offer. Catherine's impact on British and American fashion and customs has been referred to by the media as the 'Kate Middleton effect'.

Here are eight curiosities about Kate Middleton that you might not know.

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Common origins
Unlike many members of the royal family, Kate comes from an 'ordinary' family. Her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are successful entrepreneurs who founded their party supply company, Party Pieces, in 1987.
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Excellent student
Kate was a diligent and excellent student. She attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she obtained a degree in art history.
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A meaningful meeting
It was at the University of St. Andrews that Kate met Prince William. The two became friends before they started dating.
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Sports lover
Kate is a big sports fan. During her school years, she played hockey, tennis and netball. Even today, she is often seen participating in sporting events and charity competitions.
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A fashion icon
Kate is widely recognised as a fashion icon. Her outfits are always elegant and appropriate for the occasion, and often sell out in shops soon after she wears them.
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Kate and William are parents of three children: prince George, princess Charlotte and prince Louis. Kate is known to be a loving and attentive mother.
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Commitment to charity
Kate is very active in the charity sector. She is involved in numerous causes, including mental health, education and children.
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Talented photographer
Kate is a passionate and talented photographer. Her photographs of her children have often been shared with the public, revealing another of her many talents.
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