With a new royal baby on everyone’s minds, it seems a good time to take a closer look at the mother of an heir in ‘Kate: A Biography’.
Kate Middleton was the first person for 350 years to marry an heir to the throne without possessing a drop of aristocratic blood… and her son will one day be monarch.
So what do we know about her?
Despite being an ‘item’ in the life of Prince William for eight years before they married in 2011 and now one of the most photographed women in the world, Kate has remained something of an enigma.
This is probably because the much-admired and captivating Duchess of Cambridge is essentially a very private person whose public ease, amiability and confidence belies a nature that is more naturally shy and reserved.
Former royal correspondent for OK! Magazine, Marcia Moody has penned a warm, well-judged and informed account of a woman whose ‘ordinariness’ and natural composure has made her eminently suited to her royal role.
Moody’s excellent knowledge of the protocol, military life and social scene of the younger royals allows her to take us inside the protected circle in which the relationship between Kate and Prince William developed.
She also uncovers some quirky facts about the royal couple, not least the discovery that Kate and William are distantly related.
From the young Catherine Elizabeth Middleton’s birth on a freezing day in January 1982 through her happy, stable early years with her family, her meeting with Prince William at St Andrews University, their romance, wedding and her pregnancy, this is a story of a love that survived trial, tribulation and public exposure.
Moody’s fully illustrated book is must-reading for all royal fans.
(Michael O’Mara, hardback, £20)