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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061951714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061951718
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katherine Leftwich on May 3, 2009
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This book is definitely better than Robert Jobson's book (William's Princess), while he's book was half gossip as well as half Charles and Camilea; this book has been well researched and focuses on the subject...Kate Middleton.

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!
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I read the book when it first came out and found it most enjoyable. There is a very detailed history of Kate's ancestors. Some worked in the coal mines. I was shocked to read how difficult and bleak were the lives of the coal miners and their families. They even had to bring their own equipment to work six days a week and work very long hours without any sick days or vacations. It also gave enormous information about Kate and William's meeting and courtship during and after college, even up until the time they were engaged. Also enjoyed reading about their various getaways, vacations and hunting trips.

Kate is a lovely intelligent, sophisticated, elegant lady who is perfectly suited for William and who will be a beautiful Queen one day.
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As a ten year old, I always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a flowing gown and lace veil, waiting for my fairy tale kiss from the handsome prince. I have always token a deep interest in the kind and beautiful Diana, and when a New princess was thrust into the spotlight, the never ending TV talks, gossip and magazines would never let me rest about the `future queen' of England. So, in my local library, I found the perfect book about charming Catherine Middleton and bought it right away. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I wouldn't call it `exciting' and my mother thought it must be boring, but I did like it very much. My mother says it's not every day an American child of my age will read this book while eating and brushing my teeth, so I'm not sure how many folks out there will like it as much as I did. Here is a list of the Pros and Cons and about this book:

Cons:
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.
Pros:
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!
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The first part of the book was Kate Middleton's ancestry, and though it was sometimes hard to keep all the names straight, it gave an interesting overview of English history from the point of view of ordinary people (coal mines, diseases, world wars, etc).

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.
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I should start by saying that I read non-fiction all the time, so I'm not the type that thinks all non-fiction is boring or that a non-fiction book should read as a novel. But the first half of this book is a real snooze.

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.
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