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Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on 9 January 1982 into an upper-middle-class family. She was baptised at St Andrew’s Bradfield, Berkshire, on 20 June 1982. She is the eldest of three children born to Michael Middleton (b. 1949), and his wife, Carole (née Goldsmith; b. 1955), a former flight dispatcher and flight attendant, respectively, who in 1987 founded Party Pieces, a privately held mail order company that sells party supplies and decorations with an estimated worth of £30 million. Her father’s family has ties to British aristocracy and benefited financially from trust funds which they established over 100 years ago.
Her Middleton relatives were reported as having played host to British royalty “as long ago as 1926”. She has a younger sister, Pippa, and a younger brother, James.

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