The Duchess of Cambridge is known to have met her future husband Prince William at the University of St Andrews in Scotland back in 2001. But Kate Middleton had an illustrious education prior to going to one of the UK’s best universities.
The Duchess of Cambridge was born on January 9, 1982, to Carole and Michael Middleton, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
The eldest of three, she has two siblings – Pippa and James.
When Kate was very young, the family briefly lived in Jordan while her father worked for British Airways, and the future duchess attended an English language nursery school while living there.
When the Middletons returned to England, Kate attended St Andrew’s, a private school near Pangbourne in Berkshire, where she boarded for part of the week.
Kate Middleton: Kate was raised in Berkshire
Kate Middleton and Prince William
The duchess’ teachers have opened up about the former pupil,
Her former French and German teacher Kevin Allford told Press Association Kate was a “hard worker and very conscientious”.
He added: “Obviously she was the same in sport. She was a tremendous athlete and swimmer.
“I used to be in charge of swimming and she was very, very good, as her sister was.”
When it came to secondary school, Kate first attended Downe House School in Berkshire, which costs almost £30,000 per year.
According to an old schoolmate, Kate left the school after a short stint there because she was bullied.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
Marlborough College schoolmate Gemma Williamson told the Daily Mail: “Apparently she had been bullied very badly and she certainly looked thin and pale. She had very little confidence.”
A Downe House friend Jessica Hay said Kate was left an “emotional wreck” from the bullying.
Jessica said: “She was picked on because she was perfect, well turned-out and lovely.”
Kate escaped to Marlborough College between 1996 and 2000.
The prestigious private school has several famous alumni, including comedian Jack Whitehall and Samantha Cameron.
She studied Chemistry, Biology and Art at A-Level.
The duchess also took part in various sports, playing tennis, hockey and netball and participating in athletics – and apparently particularly enjoyed high jump.
Kate is said to have enjoyed her time at the school and has reportedly discussed with the Duke of Cambridge about sending Prince George there.
Aside from not enjoying some aspects of her time at school, Kate has previously opened up about her happy childhood.
The 38-year-old spoke about the joys and challenges of motherhood on Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby.
She also shared some sweet memories from her own childhood.
The royal said: “I had a very happy childhood.
“It was great fun and I’m very lucky I come from a very strong family.
“My parents were hugely dedicated. I really appreciate now as a parent how much they sacrificed for us.
“They came to every sports match, they’d be the ones on the sideline shouting, and we’d always have our family holidays together.”
She continued: ”I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us.
“And I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”
Kate has recently been embarking on her own project for parents and young children, called Five big questions on the under-fives.
The project looks at the importance of children’s early years through first-hand experiences.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK