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Kate Middleton

Her Royal Highness, The Princess of Wales, Catherine Kate Middleton, born in Reading, January 9, 1982, is a member of the British royal family as the wife of the heir to the throne William, Prince of Wales.

Catherine was born in Reading and raised in Bucklebury, a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England. She studied art history in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001 at a fashion show. The official engagement with William was announced in November 2010 and the couple got married on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey. Their children, George, Charlotte and Louis, are second, third and fourth respectively in line to the British throne, after their father.

Catherine's impact on British and American fashion and customs has been defined by the media as the Kate Middleton effect, and in 2012 as well as 2013, she was chosen among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Kate is considered a style icon especially in the UK. Several websites and weekly magazines, including Vanity Fair and Style.com have included her in various rankings. The BeautifulPeople.com site placed her in third place in the ranking of the most beautiful royals ever, behind Grace of Monaco and Rania of Jordan, and ahead of her husband William's mother, Lady Diana Spencer. In the UK, dolls have even been named after her.

Catherine's image is often compared to that of Diana Spencer, both in terms of style and social commitment.

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