Kate is among the few in the royal family who has ever been on horseback. Unlike Prince William, she never learned horse riding as a child or grew up around them. In 2009, the Duchess told Australian author Katty Lette that she is severely allergic to horses. Reports say the Duchess is actively working to overcome her allergy.
She has made it a point to spend more time with horses. Kate has also been photographed around horses and will pat them on occasion. As horses are a significant part of royal life, she really never had an option, and she had to learn how to live alongside this beautiful creature.
Kate Trains To Cross The English Channel
In 2007, Kate briefly trained with The Sisterhood, an all-woman dragon-boat crew preparing to cross the English Channel for charity. The future Duchess joined the training at a friend’s invitation. Kate, an already accomplished sportswoman, was keen to compete since the race supported charity. The prospect was exciting since the team was racing against an all-male crew.
Kate had to withdraw from the event due to grave security concerns. She was reportedly upset but decided to drop out after considering the safety of the team as a whole. The paparazzi had become such a nightmare that Kate's lawyers issued a warning to respect her privacy.
Kate At Her Parents’ Company
The Middleton siblings, notably Kate, played a decisive role in shaping their parents’ company. As children, Kate and her siblings modeled for the company catalog and helped develop new categories for the brand. Several catalogs featured Pippa and Kate holding cupcakes and wearing t-shirts with their ages printed.
A CNN report later revealed that in 2008, Kate spearheaded the launch of a new babies’ parties division in the company, which also supported a charity called Starlight Children’s Foundation. Kate and her sister Pippa were mini child celes within their local community and would later on become super celebs.
When The Queen Broke Protocol For Kate
The late Queen Elizabeth was the most important person in the royal family, and getting along with her was top priority to anyone joining the family. In the summer of 2009, Kate and the Queen spent quality time together on a family trip to Balmoral.
The two seem to have got on well, which is evident in how the late Queen broke protocol and permitted Kate to take photos of the estate. It was an unprecedented generous gesture by the late Queen since Kate and Prince William were not married then. Kate must have done something right for someone as composed as the Queen to let her guard down.
It wasn’t long before media speculation about the couple’s marriage plans resumed. Days passed, and the months turned into years without so much as a peep about wedding bells. During this time, an evidently exasperated British media began calling her “Waity Katie.” Thankfully, the wait and name-calling would not last much longer.
In October 2010, Prince William popped the question to Kate while they were holidaying in Kenya. Kate would later describe to the press how romantic the engagement was. Prince William gave her the same sapphire ring his mother, the late Princess Diana, wore when she got engaged - his way of ensuring his mother did not miss out on that moment.