Happy Birthday Kate Middleton: 15 Things You Might Not Know About Her (PHOTOS)

Amy Goldman | Jan 8, 2016 Celebrities

Kate MiddletonEveryone's favorite duchess is turning 34 tomorrow, and we're celebrating with a slideshow that's all about Kate Middleton. We've rounded up some interesting facts you might not know about Kate. From surprising family connections to a fondness for whiskey, there's a lot more to know about this fascinating royal than you might suspect.

There's no better way to celebrate Kate's birthday than by getting to know her a little bit better. Click through for 15 things you might not know about Kate!

 

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  • With Age Comes Wisdom

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    Kate is six months older than William. They got married when she was 29, making her the oldest bride to marry a future king. We think the extra years ensured that Kate was mature enough to make such an important -- and wonderful -- decision.

  • What's in a Name?

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    We think the world of Kate, and she has three impressive titles that prove her royal credentials: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Carrickfergus, and Countess of Strathearn. 

  • These Are a Few of Her Favorite Things

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    One of Kate's favorite sweets is sticky toffee pudding, which sounds like a delicious alternative to boring old birthday cake. Her favorite drinks are the questionably named "Crack Baby" cocktail and Jack Daniels. If any of these treats are involved in Kate's birthday festivities, we would love an invitation. 

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  • I Can See Clearly Now

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    While Kate and Will have a fairy-tale romance now, it wasn't a case of love at first sight. The duke and duchess first met at St. Andrews when they lived in the same dormitory, St. Salvators Hall, and were in a few classes together. At the time, Kate was dating Rupert Finch. Kate didn't catch Will's attention until she walked the catwalk in a fashion show charity event in a see-through dress. Kate rejected Wills when he expressed his interest, as she was still seeing Rupert, but she eventually changed her tune when the couple broke up.

  • Family Ties

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    Kate isn't the only notable person in her family tree. Her eighth cousin eight times removed is none other than George Washington. Kate's also distantly related to World War II General George S. Patton. 

  • A First for Everything

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    Not only is Kate the first in her family to attend college, but she's also the first royal bride with a degree. Kate has an honors undergraduate degree from St. Andrews University in art history. We bet that comes in handy when she takes Prince George on their mother-son museum outings.

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  • Working Girl

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    Before she joined the royal family, Kate worked as an assistant accessories buyer for a British clothing company called Jigsaw Junior. She also took photos, designed catalogs, and did marketing for her family's company, Party Pieces.

  • International Studies

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    Not only is Kate the first wife of a future king to have a college degree, but her education spans several countries. She attended nursery school in Amman, Jordan, while her family lived there for a few years. She also studied at the British Institute in Florence during her gap year. Her college, the University of St. Andrews, is located in Scotland.

  • Mid-Air Meet Cute

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    Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton met through work, but not as multimillionaire party planners. The two met while they both worked for British Airways. Carole was a stewardess, while Michael was a pilot. It seems fitting that their daughter spends so much time traveling the world.

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  • If Kate Was a Spice Girl, She'd Be Sporty Spice

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    Sports have played an important role in Kate's life. While in school, she played field hockey, netball, tennis, and high jump. Today she's an official ambassador for Paralympics GB and Team GB. Kate and William also have plans to build a tennis court at Anmer Hall.

  • Scout's Honor

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    When Kate was 8 years old, she became a Brownie with the 1st St Andrews pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire. More recently, she served as a volunteer leader with the organization. As former Girl Scouts ourselves, and big fans of Tagalongs, we hope Princess Charlotte will follow in her mother's footsteps!   

  • I'm Rubber, You're Glue

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    Kate is an anti-bullying advocate and a supporter of children's mental health, and there's good reason why these causes matter to her. Not only is Kate a devoted mother of two, but she has firsthand experience with bullying. While attending Down House and Marlborough College as a teen, Kate was taunted and bullied by classmates who thought that rating girls based on their appearance was an acceptable thing to do. Kate, of course, persevered, going on to receive a college degree, marry Prince William, and become the inspiring woman we all adore.

  • Keep Calm and Read On

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    Kate told a student who wrote to her for World Book Day that her favorite book was Anne of Green Gables. We love that she supports education for disadvantaged children by acting as a patron for charities including The Art Room, The 1851 Trust, and Place2Be.

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  • She's Caught the Shutterbug

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    Kate has a well-documented passion for photography. She served as photographer for her family's business, and she snapped beautiful photos of her travels during the Diamond Jubilee Tour with Wills. She also took those precious recent pictures of Princess Charlotte

  • All the World's a Stage

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    Before she was the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate was a budding young actress. At age 11, Kate played the role of Eliza Doolittle in her school's production of My Fair Lady. In an adorable instance of foreshadowing and gender role reversal, she also played Prince Charming in Cinderella.

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