I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to be a princess. I grew up watching Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, and was always jealous of the fact that Ariel was a mermaid. There’s just one problem: they’re all cartoons.
Now I have a real-life princess to idolize. My #WCW is Princess Kate.
Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton as the daughter of a former flight dispatcher and flight attendant, she is the oldest of three kids. Pippa is her sister, and James is her brother. Her parents, Michael and Carole, started a mail order private company called Party Pieces.
She met Prince William while studying at University of St. Andrews in 2001, and they began dating two years later. They dated for 4 years, breaking up in 2007 and then soon getting back together. The pair became engaged in October 2010, and thus my adoration for her began.
William and Kate were married on April 29. 2011, with billions of people watching around the world, myself included. I remember getting up at 4 am with my sister to watch the wedding, as much of the world did.
Their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born in July 2013 and May 2015, respectively.
One of the things I adore most about Princess Kate is her huge heart. She donates a lot of time and money to different causes. She recently spent a morning with a group of inner-city kids who were on a camping trip in order to develop their confidence and teamwork skills. They were co-sponsored by ARK, which is supported by the Charitable Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
She is a Royal Patron of The Clore Art Room, an organization that provides art therapy to children.
She also volunteers with The Scout Association; here she is helping a scout to earn a badge by decorating a cookie with a blindfold. This activity, along with trying to cut up a chocolate bar with boxing gloves and many others, were meant to show the kids what living with a disability is like. Catherine, as she told the children to call her, was there to show her support for their new motto “Better Prepared.”
Just last month, Kate was named as the new Honorary Air Commandment of the Air Cadets, a title handed over to her by Prince Philip, who had previously served in that position for 63 years. It is her first role with a link to the Armed Forces.
Kate has never been afraid to speak up if something is not right. Even before she was an official “princess”, she complained to her lawyer about being harassed by the media. Two years later, Prince William, Prince Charles, and Kate’s lawyers warned the media after increased attention on her. Five years later, she pursued an invasion of privacy claim against two agencies and a photographer. She received £5,000 in damages, a public apology, and legal costs.
As a public figure, the world is graced with multiple photos of Princess Kate at official events, and one thing has always been a constant—she has an impeccable sense of style. She always looks polished and put together.
Just look at her.
She’s flawless, really.
Duchess Kate is the true definition of a princess. She is confident, elegant, and accepted her new role with the grace and poise of a lady. I admire her tremendously, and can’t wait to see how she impacts the world even more in the future.