princess catherine middleton


Happy 35th Birthday to Catherine, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital  on 9 January 1982. She is the eldest of three children born to Michael Middleton and his wife, Carole. She was christened at St Andrew’s Bradfield, Berkshire, on 20 June 1982.                                                                           She studied briefly at Downe House. She was a boarder at Marlborough College, a co-educational independent boarding school in Wiltshire and graduated in 2005 from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.                     On 29 April 2011 she married Prince William of Wales and she became HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. On 22 July 2013 she gave birth to a son, HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. On 2 May 2015 the Duchess gave birth to a daughter, HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge is to end his career as a Norfolk-based helicopter pilot this year and move his family to London to take on full-time royal duties.

In what is described as a “big shift” in Prince William’s approach to his royal role, the duke will leave his job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance this summer. He and the Duchess of Cambridge will make Kensington Palace their permanent base from the autumn, when Prince George will start school in the capital. Princess Charlotte is expected to attend a London nursery.

The move follows months of discussion within the royal family, who are said to have been “very supportive” of William’s decision. The duke recently addressed suggestions that he had become a “reluctant” or “workshy” royal, unwilling to take on more official duties, and insisted he took his responsibilities “very seriously”.

William said he did not “lie awake waiting or hoping” to be king and added: “If you’re not careful, duty can weigh you down an awful lot at an early age.”

A royal source said there had been “no pressure from above” to increase William’s workload but “he knew there would come a point where this would be his life for ever more. He has always been a lot less reluctant than people think to take on more work and this phase of his life.”

William is thought initially to have explored the option of keeping his children at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, and the duchess staying with them during the week, but the couple eventually decided they did not wish to spend so much time apart. William and Kate are understood to be considering several London schools for George, including Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School, where William and his brother Prince Harry were pupils.

“The duke and duchess are a strong team and believe in their family and supporting each other,” the royal source said. “They will always put their family first, while juggling family commitments with their work.”

William began working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service in 2015 and is thought to have been offered the option of extending his two-year contract beyond its end date in May. He recently spoke of how much he enjoys going to work every day “whether it’s at 5.30am or going to bed at 2am … at the end of the day I feel like I’ve made a difference”.

Yet he also said the job had taken a toll emotionally. He described “very sad, dark moments” that “can be quite difficult. I’ve had too many sad families with the air ambulance.” Ultimately William decided to extend his contract for just a few months before moving to London in the autumn.

Before he joined the ambulance service, William, 34, completed 7½ years military service, including three years as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot based on Anglesey. “Because they have had those few years of having a happy family life, it has given the duke the foundation to move into this next phase,” a royal source said. “So he doesn’t feel he is jumping off a cliff.”

With the Queen, 90, and Duke of Edinburgh, 95, expected to cut back on their public schedule, William will assume a heavier royal workload. Last year, he carried out 204 official engagements while the Queen undertook 385. Princess Anne proved the busiest with 640. Like Prince Charles and the Princess Royal, William already carries out investitures at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle on behalf of the Queen.

Sources said William would “take on much more work in his areas of interest, including homelessness, cyber-bullying, conservation and supporting vulnerable young people.

“His focus on mental health will also expand and he will continue to champion mental health issues both publicly and behind the scenes for many years to come.”

A royal source added: “This is a natural evolution of the new generation of the royal family.”

William is believed to be acutely conscious that his emergence as a full-time royal should not overshadow his father’s role as heir to the throne. One friend said: “Some people may question why William still won’t do as much as Princess Anne but he is dead set on not queering his father’s pitch. He sees that Charles will probably be in his seventies before he becomes king and he doesn’t want to be seen as elbowing his father out the way.”

Buckingham Palace an­nounced last month that the Queen has relinquished 25 of her patronages to other members of the royal family. William has taken on several of those, including the Welsh Rugby Union, the Amateur Swimming Association and the Royal African Society. “When the Queen decides she is going to hand down more responsibilities, I will be the first person to accept them,” he has said.

Kate, the duchess, has taken over patronage of the Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which runs the Wimbledon Championships.

While royal aides insist William is ready to commit to official life, friends say the duke will miss the normality and privacy he has enjoyed while living and working away from the royal spotlight. One friend said: “I know he has really loved living in Norfolk and being just one of the lads at work. He loves the banter.”

A royal source added: “He will really miss the flying. He does love it.”

William, who donates his salary to charity, recently spoke of how much he enjoys his role “working in a team” as an air ambulance pilot. He added: “That’s something that my other job doesn’t necessarily do. You are more out there on your own a little bit.”

—  Roya Nikkhah

It struck me today how hands on Harry and Bea are with children. They just seem so compassionate and empathic to individuals and their charity campaigns 


I had written to The Queen 7-8 months ago, for her 90th Birthday in April, and today I finally got my reply. It  was worth the wait. I really like the card. I cant wait to receive Chrismas replies from, HM and her other family members, especially the Yorks. I even sent one letter to the King Of Bhutan wishing him a good New Year.

I received a Card from HM and a note apologizing for the delay.The cards says “I send you my grateful thanks for the kind words you have sent to me on the occasion of my ninetieth birthday. Elizabeth R 2016.”

The Note Says:  The Queen hopes you will understand that, because of the enormous number of letters and messages she has received in the last few months, it has not been possible to reply to you until now.