Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royal fans around the world and now, Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William.
Nicholl will reveal new details on Middleton’s initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.
REVIEW: The author takes the reader on an interesting journey as we learn about Catherine Middleton’s childhood, members of her family, schools and homes.
Born in the UK, she spent 2-1/2 years with her parents, Michael and Carole, and sister, Pippa, in Amman Jordan where her father was working. They enjoyed their time there and Kate and Pippa attended the local nursery school. When they returned to the UK, the girls attended day school where Kate proved herself to excel in sports, especially hockey. While Pippa’s grades were a little better than Kate’s, there was never any jealousy. They have always been very close.
It was when both Kate and William attended St. Andrews school that they met. They remained close friends which grew into love as the years went by. William had said that he would not marry until he was 28 or even 30. He wanted to join the military and take part in that aspect of his life before marrying. As they are the same age, this meant that if Kate truly loved him enough, she would wait until he was ready to marry. While this proved to be difficult for her over the years, she knew William was the man for her and she was willing to wait. After they both graduated with their degrees, Kate worked with her parents in their party planning business. Since she was not totally committed to a strict job, she was able to join William on vacations and family events.
On November 16, 2010, it was finally announced to the world that they would marry at Westminster Abbey on August 29, 2011.
Thus began the intricate preparations for a royal wedding, lessons in everything she needed to know about being a Royal and Kate soon found herself surrounded by security guards knowing life would never be the same. William had given her Princess Diana’s famous engagement ring which was very special and Kate was thrilled.
The wedding was beautiful, everything went off flawlessly and even the weather cooperated giving them a perfect, sunny day.
After their wedding, William and Kate found themselves as very popular Royals and well loved by the people. Kate took on many duties as a working Royal and settled in nicely with her new duties. Meanwhile, William was given a deadline of after Christmas 2012 to decide whether he wanted to continue working with the military or take up his duties as a Prince.
When word was released that Kate was pregnant, everyone was thrilled and the Royal Baby Watch officially began. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on July 22, 2013. The world rejoiced in the birth of the baby Prince.
Prince William has made the decision to leave the military and take up his duties as a Royal Prince. The health of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband to the Queen, has not been good in recent years and even the Queen has decided to cut some of her overseas travel. Therefore, William and Kate will be carrying out even more official duties.
I’ve always loved any and all books I can find about the Royal Family and this book did not disappoint. The book was very well detailed but not to the extent to be boring. It was also written in an open way so as not to show any bias against any members of the Royal Family, as I have noticed in other biographies about the Royal Family. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope others will as well.
Connie for b2b
*Book provided by my local library.