On Kate Middleton's 35th birthday, we present a throwback of the Duchess of Cambridge's early life pre-royalty
Have you been affected by the Kate Middleton effect? We all have, one way or another —whether we've gasped with envy at her travel wardrobe, cooed at her photos of children George and Charlotte (she's quite the amateur photographer) or simply found yourself typing "Kate Middleton dress" in Google, the influence this Reading original has is far and wide.
Turning 35 today, the Duchess first came into public existence when she shared the same hall of residence as Prince William at the St. Andrews University in Scotland. Pre-royalty, Middleton grew up in an upper middle class family, born from her parents' initial humble jobs in the airline industry (her mother was an air hostess with British Airways). After making it big with a party supplies company, her parents enrolled Middleton in independent schools, where she involved herself in sports and theatre, eventually studying Biology, Chemistry and Art at A Level. Fast-forward to today and her public persona presents someone you can easily relate to, like the girl next door who suddenly made it big in life — with a prince in tow, of course. See snippets of her early life as we toast to this modern royal.