Kate Middleton turns 41! How Princess of Wales balances royal responsibilities and children's upbringing

Kate Middleton turns 41! How Princess of Wales balances royal responsibilities and children's upbringing
Amid all the royal drama, Catherine, Princess of Wales turned 41 (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND: Amid all the drama going on, Catherine, Princess of Wales' 41st birthday comes as a much-needed breather for the royal family. Despite her weighty royal title, she is popularly known as Kate Middleton. She married Prince William since 2011 and is mother to the future heir apparent, nine-year-old Prince George, and his siblings, seven-year-old Princess Charlotte and four-year-old Prince Louis.

With the three royal children being raised amid media scrutiny, it may be hard for them to live normal lives, but Kate ensures that her children live ordinary lives, much like her own. She comes from a normal close-knit family. She was also close to her grandmother, who often made sure she tried crafts, baking and playing outdoors. Now, she encourages her children to do the same.

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Born in Reading, Berkshire, Kate grew up with her parents, Michael and Carol, and her two siblings, James and Pippa. Her parents ran a business that sold party supplies, which enabled them to give their children a comfortable childhood. As a student, she was an avid athlete and led her school’s field hockey and swimming teams.

According to Amomama, she had taken a break year before joining University of St Andrews, where she met William. Their relationship was kept under wraps until 2004 and their engagement was announced six years later in 2010. The wedding swiftly took place at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

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As she turns 41, Kate has become a global icon in her own right. She and William are very hands-on parents. They home-schooled their children during the Covid-19 pandemic and made sure to encourage their interests, as is evident by her son’s paintings. She is also a much-loved by the public.



 

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While her children were born into a family that dedicates itself to the people, Kate reportedly ensures her children grow up with as little pressure as possible. She bakes cakes with them and takes them on walks as well, to give them as normal an upbringing as possible.

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