Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge turned 40 on Sunday.
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is the daughter of a flight attendant and a flight dispatcher. She was born in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982, and grew up with a younger sister, Pippa, and a younger brother, James.
The Middletons — from a well-to-do area of Berkshire, west of London — moved to Jordan when Kate was 2 years old because of her father’s work.
They returned to England in 1986, and Kate attended the exclusive Marlborough College, where she was active in sports, including hockey, tennis and netball.
It was at the University of St Andrews in Scotland that Kate first met Prince William, the elder son of the late Princess Diana and second in line to inherit the British throne after his father, Prince Charles.
First friends and then housemates, along with two other students, William and Kate became romantically linked around 2004, when they were pictured together on a skiing trip in Switzerland.
Kate graduated in 2005 with a degree in art history and a budding relationship with the prince.
William complained about press intrusion, and Kate’s lawyers asked newspaper editors to leave her alone.
Even so, the British media followed every twist in their relationship, including a brief split in 2007.
William later acknowledged that the couple’s romance wobbled for several months, saying they were both young and trying to find their way.
The tabloids dubbed her “Waity Katie” for her patience during their courtship. The couple eventually married at Westminster Abbey in 2011. They now have three children.
During 11 years under the royal microscope, Kate has largely avoided criticism by adopting the royal maxim “never complain, never explain”.
Yet Kate still has the ability to surprise.
For a Christmas Eve carol concert at Westminster Abbey, she sat down at a piano and accompanied Scottish singer Tom Walker on For Those Who Can’t Be Here, a song inspired by loss and separation during the pandemic.
While it wasn’t a secret that Kate had studied the instrument, the pre-recorded performance during a nationally televised concert was something new altogether.
Walker said he didn’t know what to expect when the palace suggested the duchess might accompany him in performing the new song at the event.
“It was essentially, for the duchess, a giant gamble,” Walker told the AP.
“It really is jumping in at the deep end and just hoping you can swim. Because I would have my own reservations about rocking up to a venue to play with somebody else’s band on a song that I hadn’t written and pull it off with absolute grace. It’s not an easy thing, so it must have been quite a challenge.”
Biographer Ms Nicholl, who has watched Kate for years, said the performance offers an insight into the duchess’s character, describing her as gutsy and self-assured, a person aware of her strengths.
With Queen Elizabeth II preparing to celebrate 70 years on the throne later this year and the focus squarely on the longevity of the monarchy, Kate’s place as the wife of a future king and the mother of another will loom even larger.
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Kate releasing three striking photographs to mark her 40th birthday.
The Duchess of Cambridge has marked her milestone 40th birthday by releasing three glamorous photos.
The future queen appeared relaxed, 1. ____________ and with her hair flowing.
Fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, 2. ____________, took the pictures.
“Taking the portraits of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was a true honour for me and a moment of pure joy. I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that 3. ____________”
“It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.” Paolo Roversi
In one image Kate wears a striking red dress and earrings loaned by the Queen. In the other two, she wears earrings that 4. ____________.
The birthday heralds the start of an important decade for the monarchy and the future queen.
Kate’s work championing research into a child’s formative years 5. ____________.
Kate has been praised for her “vision and commitment” in establishing her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
source (article, picture and video): Kate Middleton releases three striking photographs to mark her 40th birthday, The Independent, Youtube
- is the cornerstone of her public life
- famed for working with industry stars like Kate Moss
- belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales
- wearing Alexander McQueen dresses
- reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart
- wore a red dress leaving one of her shoulders open
- was her important task about children
- ; 2. B.; 3. E.; 4. C.; 5. A.; extra opciók: F. és G.
|to become romantically linked||gyengéd szálak fűzik egymáshoz|
|to acknowledge||elismerni valamit|
|romance wobbled||kapcsolatuk ingadozott|
|to dub||elnevezni (valakit valaminek)|
|to accompany||kísérni (hangszeren)|
|to rock up||megjelenni valahol|
|to pull it off||sikeresen megcsinálni valamit|
|to loom||láthatóvá válni|
|to herald||előre beharangozni/jelezni|