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In pictures: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton watches her boyfriend Prince William play polo at Beaufort Polo club Tetbury 21 June 2005

Kate attended the exclusive Marlborough College before studying art history in Scotland.

Kate Middleton and her mother Carole shopping at the 'Spirit of Christmas ' festival at Olympia 3rd of Nov 2005

Miss Middleton is the eldest daughter of Carole, left, and Michael Middleton, who run a mail order toy business.

Kate Middleton at her graduation

Kate met Prince William in 2001 when studying at St Andrews University, Fife. They shared accommodation during their four years at university and went on holiday together.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on a skiing holiday, Klosters, Switzerland, 30 March 2005

She was brought to the public's attention after several tabloids pictured her beside Prince William and Charles at the Swiss ski resort of Klosters in 2005.

Kate Middleton at Hugh Van Cutsem and Rose Astor's wedding, in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Miss Middleton quickly became a fashion trendsetter, wearing high street clothes as well as designer outfits.

Kate Middleton, the girlfriend of Prince William

Speculation about an engagement was at a height when Miss Middleton celebrated her 25th birthday in January this year.

Kate Middleton was a guest at Sandhurst when William was commissioned as an officer in the British army.

Miss Middleton was a guest when William was commissioned as an officer in the army, the first occasion that she was seen at a high-profile public event attended by the Queen.

Kate Middleton is met by photographers outside her house in London

Miss Middleton complained to the Press Complaints Commission in March after the publication of a paparazzi picture of her going to work.

Kate Middleton at the Cheltenham Race Festival in March this year.

Miss Middleton attended the Cheltenham Race Festival last month, along with Prince William.

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