Since entering the public eye during the early days of her relationship with Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been a subject of fascination around the world.
She’s instigated fashion trends, raised awareness of worthy causes and of course, become the world’s most famous bride (and subsequently, mother).
However, there are a few stories about the Duchess of Cambridge which you may not already know…
She’s a record breaker
When she tied the knot with Prince William in April 2011, aged 29, Kate became the oldest royal bride in British history. However, this coming spring her title will be taken by Prince Harry’s wife-to-be, American actress Meghan Markle, who will be 36 when her wedding takes place.
Kate also has a 2:1 in Art History from her time at the University of St Andrews, which made her the first royal bride with a degree.
Her nickname when she was younger was ‘Squeak’
Whilst paying a visit to her old school in Pangbourne, Berkshire, in 2012, Kate revealed that she was given the name ‘Squeak’ among her classmates – a moniker which was also given to the school guinea pig.
‘There was one called Pip and one called Squeak, so my sister was called Pip and I was Squeak,’ she explained during the appearance. The good news is, she’s not the only royal with an unusual nickname…
She once lived in the Middle East
Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s parents, are both former employees of British Airways, and so when the duchess was a child, she spent two years living in Amman, the capital of Jordan, which was the location of her father’s posting at the time.
Kate, who was two when the family first made the move, attended a local nursery where pupils were taught in both Arabic and English, and ate traditional meals with items like hummus and labneh. A source told the Daily Mail that ‘Jordan was a very happy time for them all.’
She’s a Jo Malone devotee
Kate’s signature scent is said to be famed British brand Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom candles – so much so that she had candles with the fragrance lit in Westminster Abbey on her wedding day.
However, the actual perfume she chose for the occasion was White Gardenia Petals by Illumium, which promptly sold out shortly after it was confirmed that the duchess had worn it for her nuptials.
She’s a qualified scuba diver
Kate is famously very sporty, and has displayed her impressive skills by taking part in tennis, hockey and rowing during official engagements in the past – but did you know that she’s also a confident (and qualified) diver?
According to a report from the Telegraph, Kate is able to dive a depth of 30 metres after gaining her Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, apparently in order to keep up with her husband, who is an experienced diver himself.
Her favourite dessert is sticky toffee pudding
Now this is a woman after our own hearts – a former chef at the Old Boot Inn in Stanford Dingley, a pub the Middleton family used to frequent, says that Kate’s favourite way to round off a meal is with none other than a good old-fashioned sticky toffee pudding.
‘Her favorite [dishes] are the pate on toasted brioche or the roast figs on parma ham with spicy apple chutney, followed by the tiger prawn and wild mushroom linguine,’ he told PEOPLE magazine in 2011. ‘And for the [dessert], her favorite is sticky toffee pudding. It’s moist and spongy.’
She’s a keen cook
Kate and William met Mary Berry at an event in 2013, when William told the Great British Bake Off star that his wife had used her recipes – and it’s not just cakes that the duchess whips up in the kitchen.
During an interview for ITV documentary The Queen at 90, Kate told the story of how she couldn’t decide what to give Queen Elizabeth II as a gift during their first Christmas together, but eventually plumped for a jar of homemade chutney. ‘I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table,’ she recalled. ‘I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me.’