Factbox: Facts about Kate Middleton

Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:43pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Thousands of Britons are planning to get out the bunting, balloons and fold-up tables and hold street parties across the country to celebrate the April 29th wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Here are a few facts about Middleton.


* The eldest of three children, Catherine Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 into a middle-class family from Berkshire, west of London.

* Her father Michael worked as a pilot and her mother Carole as an airline stewardess before setting up a mail order business selling party supplies.


* She met Prince William at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001, where she read history of art. The pair lived together in a house shared with friends.

* By April 2004, she was going on the annual ski trip to Switzerland with William, his father and his brother Harry, sending the paparazzi into a feeding frenzy.

* They briefly split up in 2007 after William was posted around the country as part of his military training, according to media reports.   Continued...

<p>The fiancee of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton, holds an umbrella during a visit to the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble</p>