When the current Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, came out to the Buckingham Palace balcony during the closing of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, it was obvious there was never a mistake in her reputation and position in Britain’s powerful Royal Family. She’s the university sweetheart of Prince William and a Home Counties commoner who snagged the heart of one of the most powerful and eligible men in the world. Her exquisite wedding a few years back just proves how important she is in the British monarchy.
Now, the world has fallen for Kate Middleton, who goes by the formal title of “Catherine Dutchess of Cambridge.” Her story is an example of a normal girl who literally found her prince charming. Here are some secrets that many don’t know about the Queen-to-be.
1. She was an Athlete in College
Kate has a busy schedule with a number of royal duties and her kids to attend to. She has proven time and again that she’s not scared to sweat it all out. She has been active in Saint Andrew’s school, where she spent a lot of time playing swam and tennis. Her love for sports hasn’t stopped since becoming a duchess. Turns out, she also played a bit of field hockey in college.
2. She Crewed for a Team
The 33-year old is capable of showing off her confidence on the high seas and is known for beating her husband soundly. Kate spent her back year took in the Round the World Challenge and crewed a boat within the Solent (the home of English sailing). Her drive and passion for competition and sports can clearly be seen whenever she crews for any group.
3. She was Given a Pair of Designer Heels in her Honor
Kate isn’t the kind of person who receives a typical gag gift or funny cards on her 30th birthday. It’s a major milestone in women, and what better way to celebrate her birthday with an iconic product that’s made for her to remember. This came to be the case when Kim Kardashian created a pair of heels called “The Duchess” in her honor.
4. She’s a Sports Ambassador for Britain
Kate is more than just the Duchess of Cambridge. When she’s not busy running errands or spending time with her 2 children, she’s an official ambassador for the Team Paralympic Great Britain and Team Great Britain.
5. She Maintains the Royal Tradition
Kate keeps the royal tradition by placing her bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at the Westminster Abbey right after the ceremony. This has been a long tradition which started by her queen mother.
6. She Has a Lot of Titles
Since hitching up with her Prince, she’s been called by several titles. They are: Lady Carrickfergus (occasionally known in North Ireland), Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, and Countess of Strathearn (a styled title in Scotland).
7. She is Influential
In 2012 and 2013, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, easily made it in the list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.” It’s hardly any surprise considering that fact the whole world has paid great interest in what future Queen would bring.
8. She Graduated College
Kate studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she majored and graduated with honors in Art History. This was the place where she met her future Prince of England and before she became a famous image in public today.
9. She Lived Outside of England Before
When she was young, Kate’s family briefly lived in Anman, Jordan (between 1984 and 1986). Her parents, at that time, worked in British Airways. Her father was a flight dispatcher while her mother worked as a flight attendant.
10. She Works Too
After she graduated from college, snagged a job working for a clothing chain. From there, she worked as a part-time accessory buyer for a year. After that, she worked for her parents’ business before she became the Duchess of Cambridge.
11. She Volunteers
Kate loves to give out a helping hand. She’s an active volunteer for the Scout Association and recently took part in their activities. One of her latest projects involved volunteering for scout leaders in Cumbria as well as working with Cub Scouts and Beaver Scouts.
12. She Has Allergies
Kate may be that darling possessing athleticism, beauty, and brains. But under all that, she has one condition she can never get rid of: allergies to horses. As much as she loves horses, unfortunately, she’s better off when she’s not around them.
13. She Loves Fashion
Kate made a decision to spend a bit of time studying at the British Fashion Institute of Florence on her gap year. This is where she likely got a taste of fashion before she became known. Her fashion sense today has influenced women from all over the globe.
14. She is a Busy Royal Patron
Kate is one busy royal family member. She’s currently a patron in a number of places. She’s the royal patron for the National Portrait Gallery, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, and Action on Addiction.
15. She is an Avid Photographer
Kate is a woman with a plethora of talents and skills. Aside from appearing pretty in front of cameras (and at times struggling to protect herself from the paparazzi), she’s actually a pretty good photographer. She even took several snaps for her “Party Pieces” catalogue for her parents’ mail order company.
16. She Loves the Kitchen
Kate absolutely loves to cook up a dish or two. Even in the early stages of marriage, she was seen shopping in grocery stores and even talking to her husband about living a normal life. She even discussed about making recipes from Mary Berry’s, “Great British Bake Off” book.
17. She Loves Sports
Kate can be seen in many local sporting events. She doesn’t just sit there like it’s her royal duty. As a matter of fact, she can be seen rallying and cheering for her favorite team in any sporting event.
18. She is a Local Record Holder
Kate is one athletic phenom. Up until today, she still holds a sports record at St. Andrew’s in Berkshire. Having cleared an astounding height of 1.5metres in high-jump, she easily snagged gold and maintained her unbeaten record for the highest jump in her school’s history.
19. She Possesses a Scar
Kate may appear near-perfect in terms of beauty and fashion, but under all that is one scar. Apparently, the scar is said to be found under her hair as a result of a medical operation when she was a child. Many speculate it had something to do with a hockey accident she suffered years ago.
It’s certainly a dream for every young girl today: meet up with a handsome prince, be in love, get married, and spending the rest of your life dwelling in royal duties while basking in luxury funded by local taxpayers. While Kate Middleton, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, may appear as a renowned beauty with skill (and more) of the royal family, some of the mentioned facts about her life truly shows how interesting she is. Many may never expect it, but Kate herself is just like everyone else in Britain before she became famous: she lived a normal life, took part in local events, and possessed an incredible set of skills that made her one of the world’s most desired figures at present.