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William and Kate

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton

Catherine, known widely as Kate, was born on the 9th of January 1982 in Berkshire, United Kingdom, to parents Michael and Carole.

Kate attended St. Andrew's School, Downe House and Marlborough College, all in South West England before undertaking a degree in Art History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  During her study at St. Andrews Kate met Prince William and they shared an apartment together.  It was during this time that their relationship developed and which now sees them as a happyily engaged couple.

In 2006 Kate accepted employment as a fashion accessories buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw and expressed interest in becoming a professional photographer.

Kate has two siblings, James and Philippa.  Kate's parents own and operate a party accessories business in England


His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales KG

Prince William is the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.  He was born on the 21st of June 1982, at a public hospital in Paddington in London, United Kingdom.

Prince William attended schools including Mrs Mynors School, the Wetherby School in London and then studied at Eton College where he achieved exceptional academic results. 

In August 1997 Prince William’s mother was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in France.  This had an enormous impact on the young Prince who carries on his mother's legacy of charity involvement and campaigning to this day.

Once he completed his studies at Eton College Prince William took a gap year and spent time in Africa and South America, where he worked on charity projects and participated in training exercises with the British Army. 

In 2001 Prince William enrolled at the University of St. Andrews where he completed an Arts degree and achieved upper second class honours in geography.  It was during this time that he met his future fiancée Ms Kate Middleton who was also a student at the University.  Prince William and Kate shared an apartment nearby and their romance blossomed with time.

Prince William commenced trainingat the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2006 and graduated later that year in front of his grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen. Prince William was assigned to the Blues and Royals.  Subsequent training in both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force saw Prince William pass his specialist helicopter pilot training and he is now stationed at RAF Valley as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Prince William's royal duties have included travelling to New Zealand to open the Supreme Court on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand.  The Prince has also attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Nigeria in 2003.  

Prince William visited Australia unofficially in early 2010 and visited Redfern and spent time with victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.  The Prince's first visit to Australia was as a nine month-old baby in 1983.

Prince William is a keen polo player and enjoys  watching soccer and rugby union.

On the 23rd of April 2008, Prince William was appointed Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, affording him the post-nominal 'KG'.  This Order of chivalry dates back to 1348 and includes former High Court Justice and Australian Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen.

Clarence House officially announced the engagement of the Prince and Ms Kate Middleton on the 16th of November 2010. The wedding will take place at Westminster Abbey on the 29th of April 2011.