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Kate: Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting Paperback – May 4, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Kate Middleton is the girl everyone wants to be.
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is living a perfect Cinderella fairy tale. She is engaged to Britain's most desirable bachelor—and now she's the future queen of England!
Academically gifted and sophisticated beyond her years, this dark-haired beauty possesses the natural poise and impeccable breeding necessary for the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. She has charmed Prince William and his circle and captivated the entire House of Windsor. Yet there is a history behind her polished veneer that would surprise any royal court observer—an extraordinary, inspiring, and deeply moving tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of British society.
Based on exclusive and intimate interviews with Kate's closest friends and relatives, and illustrated throughout with photographs, many published here for the very first time, Claudia Joseph's Kate: The Making of a Princess is a fascinating portrait of the extraordinary young woman who will be queen—and the story of a family's remarkable journey from the mining villages of Durham to an apartment in the royal residence of Clarence House.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although, I admit the author has written a biography of Kate Middleton a bit too early (due to the fact she is not engaged to Prince William). The author focused on Ms. Middleton's ancestors (starting in the Victorian Era)in the first half of her book, and then gradually goes into the life that Ms. Middleton has led so far.
There are a few good pictures within the book, and it was interesting to find out that both Prince William and Kate Middleton share a common ancestor, a General Fairfax whom was in the English Civil War.
The only thing that I have against this book is that the author's writing style can be a little dry at times, over all a very good book!
Kate is a lovely intelligent, sophisticated, elegant lady who is perfectly suited for William and who will be a beautiful Queen one day.
1. Most of her ancestors were named John, but they don't list which generation of John. Example, John died and then John got married etc.
2. It is not attended to be a child's book for some material, mostly about Kate and William's outings to the bar and their `partying.'
3. As an animal lover, I braced myself when reading about the hunting parties the couple attended.
4. Her story starts from the very beginning, and when I mean that I don't mean her birth, but her great-great-great- (great?) grandparent's birth.
1. It was very informative and was actually quite gripping, but not in a thrilling way.
2. It was a very enjoyable read overall.
I know there are more Cons then Pros, but this book is DEFINITLEY worth reading! I highly recommend this to any Kate (or someone who is interested in the Royals) lover. Happy reading!
The second half was mostly Kate's life, and the last bit more about Kate's social life. I was surprised at how often it would mention Kate and William doing exactly the same thing (e.g. William's hanging out with his friends, Kate's hanging out with hers), but William's excursion would be framed as cutting loose and having a good time, while Kate's was framed as consoling herself by hanging out with her friends or positioning herself so that William would know she could have fun without him or whatever. That brought the book down to 2.5 stars for me. It just seemed so...unnecessary.
It actually goes back six generations into Kate's family. And by that, I mean six generations back from each of her grandparents. But most of the information is simple (so and so got married, so and so got sick, so and so had this many kids). Almost everyone is named John, which makes things tough to follow. And honestly, I don't need that much back story. If this had started with her grandparents, that would have been excellent.
Once we get to Kate, things don't really get better. There's all of one chapter about her childhood and then it leapfrogs into college. The information, again, is very simple. The author didn't do much digging, because much of the information is stuff that probably came from magazines.
And the text itself repeats over and over. I can't even tell you how many times it said "In those days" (sometimes several times on the same page and in reference to things that happened 10 years ago).
While I enjoying reading about Kate, this is not the book I would recommend. I've yet to read the new biography by Katie Nichol, but did enjoy "William and Kate" by Christopher Anderson.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are interested in Kate Middleton and her family history or background, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I knew most of the material in the book already but I enjoyed it anyway. She is a lovely young woman.Published 9 months ago by H. F. Coleman
I suspect this book was an "instant book" thrown together to cash in on Kate-mania at the time of Kate's engagement to Prince William. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Judith
I purchased this as a gift for my sister-in-law and she loved it. It is a quick and easy read, and very informative.Published 19 months ago by Debra
Very extensive family background and how it came very close to the family background of Prince William. Very informative. Great look into what makes Kate, Kate.Published on January 31, 2014 by Dorothea M. Stratton
Easy breezy read. Kate and her mate will be great parents.
She's a classy woman and he's a lucky man.
I am a Kate fan. I more so for her sense of fashion than just about her on a personal level. This book should really be called "Everything you ever wanted to know about Kate... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Lady Diane
I enjoyed this book, as I wanted to learn more about Catherine Middleton. It gives a lot of detailed information about Catherine's family to help understand where the family has... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Deb