THE CHARMING ONES: Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, HRH Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus
(Catherine Elizabeth Middleton)

Did you know...

1. She was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England, the daughter of Michael and Carole (nee Goldsmith) Middleton.
2. She meet her future husband, Prince William while both were attending the University of St. Andrews and started dating in 2002.
3. Although she dropped her maiden surname of Middleton when she married and is simply known as the Duchess of Cambridge, her 'official' last name when required is Mountbatten-Windsor, the sanctioned last name of any members of the British royal family who have not been given the titular dignity of prince or princess as is the case with the offspring of Prince Edward at his request. (Her husband, Prince William has been known to use the surname Wales for military purposes but since the the Duchess is not a bloodline offspring of the current Prince of Wales, it would not apply to her.)