She may be known the world over as Kate Middleton, but the birth name of the Duchess of Cambridge is Catherine (the name she actually prefers). Of course, Kate is one of several nicknames for the name Catherine, a Greek word meaning “pure.” It’s one of the most traditional names that has consistently remained popular. Great literary and historical figures have been called Catherine, including Catherine Bennet, Heathcliff’s great love in “Wuthering Heights,” and Catherine the Great, the 18th-century Russian empress.
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Known worldwide as Kate Middleton, Catherine is the wife of Prince William and the mother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Though her official title is Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine is affectionately called Princess Kate by the masses. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, born on January 9, 1982, was a St. Andrews University student when she met Prince William in 2001. After a 10-year courtship and one infamous breakup, the two sports lovers married in a majestic wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011. The duchess spends much time doing charity work, especially concerning mental health issues.
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