The Making of A Princess

Book - 2010
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With her glossy dark hair, classic looks, natural appearance and cut-glass accent, Kate Middleton displays all the poise and breeding expected from the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. Sophisticated beyond her years, as well as academically gifted, Kate has charmed William`s circle of friends as well as the House of Windsor.

Yet behind her polished veneer lies the extraordinary tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of society.

Claudia Joseph has spoken to members of Kate`s family and friends, who have provided an intriguing insight into the extraordinary journey her family has made from the mining villages of Durham to an apartment in the royal residence of Clarence House.

Drawing on exclusive interviews and containing previously unpublished photographs, this is an authoritative account of Kate Middleton`s life so far.

Publisher: Bolton, ON : Key Porter Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781554702510
Characteristics: 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), genealogical table ; 23 cm


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Apr 28, 2011

Kate: The Making of a Princess begins very much like a family history of Kate's early relatives dating back to the early 1800s. If you like genealogy, you will like reading this book as the beginning is nothing like any other royal biography. While I applaud the amount of research that had to go into this book, since there was not much written about her relatives it does tend to read more like a series of facts (name, date of birth, occupation, who they married... next person) than like a story. However, they do tie in a lot of historical detail to paint a descent picture of what life would have been like as a coal miner in 1840, for example. The second half of the book is more like a typical royal biography. While Joseph ties in events in Kate’s life that correspond to what William was experiencing around the same time the focus is still on Kate – which is more than can be said of other biographies that claim to be about Kate but end up retelling Diana’s final days.

debwalker Mar 03, 2011

Making the princess dream come true....

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