Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also known to the public as “Kate Middleton,” using her maiden name, is the wife of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. As her husband is in the direct line of succession to the British royal throne, she is expected to one day become the queen consort of the United Kingdom and of 15 other Commonwealth realms. Let’s take a look at her life over the years, starting with her net worth.
Catherine Middleton Net Worth: £5 Million
The Duchess’ net worth is estimated to be around £5 million, or $7 million. Let’s take a look at her life over the years.
The Early Years
Middleton’s paternal family has ties to British aristocracy, with her relatives playing host to British royalty since at least 1926. When she was two years of age, her family live in Jordan for a period of four years while her father worked for British Airways; at this time, Middleton attended an English-language nursery school. Originally educated in private schools, she ultimately attended and graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a Master of Arts degree in art history.
The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The groom, Prince William, is second in the line of succession to the British throne. The bridal dress, designed by the London-based designer Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, was made of satin and featured an overlaid lace bodice and appliqued skirt. The lace bodice incorporated machine-made lace, sourced from manufacturers in France and Britain. Floral motifs were cut from lengths of these and then appliquéd by hand onto silk net (tulle) by workers from the Royal School of Needlework. The veil was held in place by a Cartier Scroll Tiara, made in 1936 and lent to her by the Queen. It was purchased by the Queen's father, the future King George VI, for his wife Elizabeth three weeks before his accession. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday. In order to avoid her tiara falling off, as had happened for Lady Diana Spencer while wearing a Spencer family tiara during her 1981 wedding to the Prince of Wales, Catherine's stylists "backcombed the top [of her hair] to create a foundation for the tiara to sit around, then did a tiny plait in the middle and sewed it on.
In 2001, Middleton first met Prince William when they were both students in residence at St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St Andrews. It was not until 2003 that the two started dating. In 2007, the two broke up during a vacation in Switzerland, although they later reconciled. In 2006, Middleton found employment as an accessory buyer with the Jigsaw clothing chain, lasting in the position until 2007. She later worked for the Party Pieces business, working in production and photography, leaving the position in 2011.
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In 2010, the engagement between Middleton and Prince William was officially announced during a trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. The couple married the following year on St. Catherine’s Day, with the day later declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. As Prince William was created Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus hours before the wedding, Middleton assumed the feminine counterparts to these titles (i.e. Duchess of Cambridge). In 2012, the Duchess announced that she was pregnant with her first child, Prince George. In 2015, she gave birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte. In 2018, her third child, Prince Louis, was born.