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The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 37th birthday on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.

Catherine ‘Kate’ Elizabeth Middleton was born in 1982, the eldest daughter of Michael and Carole Middleton (nee Goldsmith), at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on 9 January 1982.

She has two younger siblings, Pippa and James.

The Duchess attended boarding school during her high school years in Wiltshire, at Marlborough College. She completed A-levels in Art, Chemistry and Biology in 2000.

The Duchess actively participated in sporting activities such as playing hockey, tennis and netball, and often represented her school in sporting competitions. The Duchess also participated in athletics, especially high jump.

After spending a gap year, the Duchess enrolled at the University of St Andrews in 2001 and continued her sporting activities. Catherine played hockey for the university team and met her future husband, Prince William, before graduating in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art.

After going out for nearly nine years, Kensington Palace announced the forthcoming marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on 16 November 2010, after they became engaged in Kenya during a holiday.

They were married in Westminster Abbey amidst pomp and ceremony at Westminster on 29 April 2011, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth II granted Prince William the titles of Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus earlier that day. Catherine is known as the Countess of Strathern in Scotland and Lady Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.

The Cambridge Family, Anmer Hall, Autumn 2018. Photo: Facebook/Royal Family/Matt Porteous

The Duke and Duchess now have three gorgeous children, Prince George (born 2013), Princess Charlotte (born 2015) and Prince Louis (born 2018).

They currently live at their official residence, Kensington Palace.

Visit To Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first travelled to Australia during their first official visit in 2014, with Prince George making his first appearance at Taronga Zoo.

NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir greets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House. © 2014 Carolyn Cash

They visited Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), Adelaide and Canberra.

Did You Know?

The Duchess is descended from King Edward IV though one of his illegitimate daughters, Anne Plantagenet, on her mother’s side.

Catherine is descended from King Edward III through her father, Michael.