Saturday 18 November 2017

This is what Kate Middleton did for a living before becoming a princess

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to meet young entrepreneurs during a reception at the Heart, Spire Building on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to meet young entrepreneurs during a reception at the Heart, Spire Building on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton in 2007
Kate Middleton in 2007. (Photo by Mel Bouzad/FilmMagic)
JUNE '05: Kate Middleton and Prince William on the day of their graduation ceremony at St Andrew's University in St Andrew's on June 23, 2005 in Scotland. (Photo by the Middleton Family/Clarence House via GettyImages)
Kate Middleton attends the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 6, 2005 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Hugh Van Cutsem and Rose Astor at Burford Parish Church on June 4, 2005 in Burford, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton & Mother Carole Visit The Spirit Of Christmas Shopping Festival At London'S Olympia. (Photo by Antony Jones/Brendan Bierne/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton Spotted At Beaufort Polo Club, Gloucestershire, Whilst Watching Prince William And Prince Harry In A Charity Polo Match. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and her father Michael Middleton sighted prior to her graduation ceremony at the University of St. Andrews, where she obtained a 2:1 degree in the History of Art on June 23, 2005 in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
We'd never see Kate Middleton wearing a halter dress with plunging neckline like she did in 2006 at a Ham Polo Club on June 17, 2006 in Richmond, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate, and her trademark bouncy blowdry, cut a casual look watching the polo in 2009.
Kate Middleton in 2007. (Photo by ©2007 Phil Ramey /X/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks on August 14, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
November 2010: Kate's royal blue Issa wrap dress was picture perfect for her engagement announcement.
In 2007, Kate had to be forcibly removed from these boots and sunglasses.
Prince William kisses Kate Middleton, after playing the Field Game in an old boys match at Eton College on March 18, 2006 in Eton, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton takes part in a training session with the Sisterhood cross Channel rowing team, on the River Thames on July 27, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
It would be some sight to see the Duchess of Cambridge rowing on the River Thames these days a la July 2007.
Kate Middleton at Blenheim Palace in 2004
Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Prince William, during their graduation ceremony at St Andrews, Thursday June 23, 2005. William got a 2:1 in geography after four years studying for his Master of Arts. (Photo by Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at West Ham UnitedÕs London Stadium, as they attend the graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at West Ham UnitedÕs London Stadium, as they attend the graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre, London
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match in 2006.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's a classic love story, really.

Boy meets girl at university. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl becomes princess and future Queen of England. It's a tale as old as time really.

Kate Middleton in 2007
Kate Middleton in 2007

While Kate Middleton might be arguably the most photographed woman in the world nowadays, it will be in an official capacity on royal duty with paparazzi shots of her becoming increasingly rare. There was a time when her every move was tabloid fodder, before her image was subject to the restrictions expected of members of the royal family; which is why we have an impressive library of pictures of Kate as a normal university student in the noughties, wearing roller disco hot pants at Halloween and making terrible fashion choices.

She has been in the public eye since her relationship with now-husband Prince William became public knowledge in 2003, but before she the couple became engaged in 2010, she was the same as you and me - if you and me come from millionaire families, waiting for our royal beaus to pop the question.

Kate Middleton in 2007. (Photo by ©2007 Phil Ramey /X/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton in 2007. (Photo by ©2007 Phil Ramey /X/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)

Despite her non-artistocratic upbringing, she is considered a natural with her public role since marring William in 2011, although she previously joked that the other royals rib her for taking too long during walkabouts, saying: "Everybody teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. I still have to learn a little bit more, and to pick up a few more tips."

But after graduating St Andrew's University in 2005, Kate had a normal job which was a dream for any young woman with an aspiring career in fashion - as an accessories buyer with British label Jigsaw. Kate arranged the job with founder Belle Robinson, accommodating her schedule which required flexibility for her royal-girlfriend commitments, and so she worked three days a week with everyone else in its London office.

"And I have to say I was so impressed by her. There were days when there were TV crews at the end of the drive. We'd say, 'Listen, do you want to go out the back way?' And she'd say, 'To be honest, they're going to hound us until they've got the picture. So why don't I just go, get the picture done, and then they'll leave us alone'. I thought she was very mature for a 26-year-old, and I think she's been quite good at neither courting the press nor sticking two fingers in the air at them," Belle told the Evening Standard in 2008

"She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the accounts girls. She wasn't precious. A lot of people have distorted it to say we're friends with her parents but I've only met them four times."

Kate Middleton takes part in a training session with the Sisterhood cross Channel rowing team, on the River Thames on July 27, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton takes part in a training session with the Sisterhood cross Channel rowing team, on the River Thames on July 27, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Kate quit the role after a year in order to have some time to herself before she began working with her parents party planning company Party Pieces, where she is crediting with the success of their children's range.

Now, according to Princess Charlotte's 2015 birth certificate, Kate's official job title is Princess of the United Kingdom. Not too shabby.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at West Ham UnitedÕs London Stadium, as they attend the graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at West Ham UnitedÕs London Stadium, as they attend the graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices

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