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Kate’s 40th Birthday: Carole Middleton shares less known facts about her college days


Before Catherine was one of the most photographed people in the world as the Duchess, she was a “shy” college student.

Kate Middleton who is celebrating her 40th birthday has become quite the icon since joining the royal family in 2011.

But her life before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge is just as fascinating. In 2001, she started her first year at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, which ended up changing the course of her life forever. Not only did she graduate with honours, but her love story with Prince William began there as well.

Also read: Kate reveals how her mum Carole is a tower of strength whenever William is away.

Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, candidly revealed some of the lesser-known facts about the Duchess’s college life. Most of us were unaware of these facts. See some of the most interesting facts from her college years here.

  1. Kate Originally Had Planned to Attend the University of Edinburgh
  2. She Studied Abroad in Italy
  3. She Was (and Still Is) Very Athletic
  4. Kate and William Stayed in the Same Dormitory
  5. Kate Was Dating Someone Else When She Met William
  6. Kate Caught William’s Eye After Appearing in a Charity Fashion Show
  7. Kate Shared a Flat With William During Her Sophomore Year
  8. Kate Graduated With a Master’s in Art History

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The Sun‘s royal photographer Arthur Edwards recently rediscovered the first photo he ever took of Kate, who is celebrating her 40th birthday on Sunday ie 9th Jan, and he admits, “I didn’t know who on Earth she was.

Kate was pictured in 2005 with a group of friends who had been invited by Prince William to spend a weekend at Sandringham. In the photo, she’s dressed casually in jeans, a green jacket and a scarf, with her hair tied back into a low ponytail.

Arthur Edward further reveals “Back then you would never have credited that the young woman who walked through those gates would turn out to be our future queen,” Edwards said

Also read: Why Kate Middleton is referred to as” Duchess of Cambridge” and not “Princess Kate”.

The couple married in 2011 and the now parents of three celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this past April, throughout which Edwards has seen Kate find her footing as a future queen consort

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