The Princess of Wales is one of the most Googled royal women in the world. Many people want to know about everything from her clothing to her children and even her favorite foods and TV shows. Yet, a few queries on Kate are consistently repeated in Internet searches and remain the most popular questions about the princess. Here are answers to a few of those questions.
Here are 24 Fun and Fascinating Facts about Princess Kate Middleton:
1. What is Princess Kate Middleton’s legal name?
Kate Middleton’s legal birth name is Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. For legal documentation when she needs to use a surname, she is known as Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor. On their wedding day, Kate became princess of the United Kingdom and gained the style of Royal Highness. The Wales also received the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as having the new monikers of the Earl and Countess of Strathearn and Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus. On September 9th, 2022, Kate became Princess of Wales when King Charles III gave his eldest son and heir William his former title of Prince of Wales. Upon her father-in-law’s accession to the throne, Catherine was also given the titles of Duchess of Cornwall as well as Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Baroness of Renfrew, and Lady of the Isles (Scottish titles). Additionally, she was briefly known as the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
2. What new recent titles was Kate given?
A year after becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles bestowed new military appointments and titles on Kate and William in August 2023. Princess Kate became commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm and Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Other senior members of the family also received new military titles including Princess Anne and Duchess Sophie.
3. Can Kate Middleton be Queen?
When Prince William ascends the throne, Kate will become Queen Consort. She will be known as Queen Catherine.
4. How tall and what size is Kate Middleton?
According to sources, Kate is believed to be 5ft 9in tall and weighs around eight and a half stone and is a size six (the equivalent of US size 2).
5. Was Kate Middleton wealthy before marriage?
Princess Kate’s family owned a popular party supply business when Kate was younger and before she joined the royal family. The Middleton’s business was believed to have been worth around 50 million. Kate worked part-time as an accessory buyer for Jigsaw and also held a job at her parents company Party Pieces.
6. Does Kate Middleton have any royal lineage?
The princess has no direct royal lineage but her ancestry does include relations to famous children’s book author Beatrix Potter and film director Guy Richie. She is also distant cousins with actresses Elle and Dakota Fanning.
7. Did Kate Middleton have a brain tumor?
Rumors of a brain tumor began when the princess revealed a small scar in her scalp during a reception at Clarence House in October 2011. The small three or four inch scar is believed to have resulted from an operation during her childhood while she was attending Marlborough School. The princess’ mother Carole Middleton took her to the hospital where they found a lump which was immediately removed during an emergency surgery. No further details have been given on the procedure. The surgery was reportedly a “very serious operation.”
8. Will Kate Middleton ever wear the Spencer tiara?
No. Princess Diana’s famous diamond garland and scroll tiara was returned to the Spencer family following her death in 1997.
9. What does Kate Middleton eat in an average day?
According to reports, Kate loves oatmeal, smoothies and snacking on goji berries and raw fruit. She also enjoys lentil curries and vegetable kebabs as well as watermelon salad.
10. What types of fitness does Kate Middleton enjoy?
The princess enjoys cold swimming, tennis and has competed in rowing competitions and was on the hockey team in school. She is a fitness buff and has participated in many recreation activities and sports.
11. Does Kate Middleton have siblings?
The Princess of Wales is the eldest of three children, and was christened at the parish church of St. Andrew’s Bradfield in Berkshire on June 20th 1982. She has two younger siblings. Pippa Middleton-Matthews is one year younger (Pippa was born in 1983 and Kate was born in 1982) and James Middleton who was born in 1987 and is five years younger than the princess.
12. How old is Kate Middleton?
The Princess of Wales is currently 41-years-old and was born on January 9th, 1982.
13. How old was Kate Middleton when she got married?
On their wedding day on April 29th 2011, the princess was 29 years old while Prince William was 28 years old. William and Kate met as students at St. Andrews University and dated on and off for 10 years before tying the knot.
14. Who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?
Sarah Burton, the former creative director of Alexander McQueen, was responsible for designing Kate’s bridal gown. The wedding dress reportedly cost $434,000.
15. How many children does Kate Middleton have?
The Princess of Wales has three children including Prince George of Wales born in July 2013, Princess Charlotte of Wales born May 2015 and Prince Louis of Wales born in April 2018.
16. Who is Kate Middleton’s favorite fashion designer?
In terms of high-end designers and luxe labels, Kate typically wears Alexander McQueen or Jenny Packham.
17. Where does Kate Middleton like to shop?
The princess loves to shop at high street stores in London. She favors styles from Reiss, Marks & Spencer, LK Bennett, Whistles, Mango, Boden and & Other Stories. She has been spotted in Peter Jones department store, Zara Home, Waterstones, Lululemon and The Range in Norfolk.
18. How many tiaras has Kate Middleton worn?
The princess has worn three tiaras from the royal collection on 14 different occasions (at time of publishing) — the Lover’s Knot Tiara, Cartier Scroll and Lotus Flower. She has worn the Lover’s Knot Tiara on 10 different occasions. The Lotus Flower tiara on three different occasions and the Cartier Scroll tiara on just one occasion on her wedding day on April 29, 2011.
19. Does Kate Middleton have nieces and nephews?
Yes, the princess has four nieces and nephews. Pippa Middleton’s son Arthur Michael William Matthews was born in 2018, Grace Elizabeth Jane Matthews arrived in 2021 and Rose Matthews was born in 2022. In addition, the princess recently welcomed a new nephew to the family fold as brother James Middleton and his wife Alizee Thevenet had a son named Inigo Middleton sometime in October 2023. Prince William also has a niece Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as well as nephew Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
20. Do Kate’s siblings have formal titles?
Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton will receive a title when her husband James inherits his father’s Scottish Highlands estate. Pippa’s new formal title will be Lady Glen Affric.
21. Does Kate Middleton have any pets?
After losing their beloved English cocker Spaniel a dog named Lupo, the Wales family welcomed dog Orla (Celtic for “golden princess”) into their home in 2020. In addition, the family also reportedly have a hamster, chickens and bees.
22. Where did Kate Middleton attend school?
The princess attended Marlborough boarding school after leaving all-girls boarding school Downe house (reportedly due to bullying by peers). She attended St. Andrews Prep School in Berkshire between ages 4 and 13. Later, she attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she met future husband Prince William.
23. Will Kate Middleton continue wearing Alexander McQueen after the departure of Sarah Burton?
Kate has worn the British brand on repeat for over a decade and she and Burton share a unique and special partnership. Burton was the driving force behind some of Kate’s most stunning and memorable dresses including her lilac chiffon red carpet dress, her wedding gown and her avant-garde birthday portraits. While Kate may continue to champion the work of the iconic brand and could foreseeably collaborate with Burton’s successor, it seems likely that the princess may gravitate towards a new design house or follow the English fashion designer to her next label.
24. Where was Princess Kate and Prince William’s first date?
The exact location of William and Kate’s first date remains a mystery but the pair met at St. Andrews in Scotland. The prince reportedly saw his future wife in a charity modeling show before they began their courtship.