She's more than Prince William's betrothed. The 28-year-old Brit who is now engaged to the man second in line to England's throne has spent the past several years being chased by photographers. She has handled it with grace, many say, and with more than a few legal complaints about the media intruding on her privacy.
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton grew up in a small English village with two siblings. Her mother was a flight attendant; her father was a pilot. Now the family, including Kate, sells children's party supplies online.
Middleton reportedly began dating Prince William after the two met while studying at Scotland's St. Andrew's University. She was reportedly heavily influential in the prince's decision to switch his study to geography. She went on to get her degree in art.
When a photo of the pair on a Swiss ski vacation emerged in 2004, Middleton began a life in the spotlight. FULL POST