It's official; after 8 long years, Kate Middleton is finally on her way to becoming a British princess! To commemorate (and to simultaneously drown our sorrows about not becoming a princess ourselves,) here are 12 facts you might not have known about the future HRH, her engagement to Prince William, and what will most certainly be the wedding of the decade:
Fact # 1. When Prince William and Kate finally walk down the aisle next year, Kate will be 29, making her the oldest royal bride EVER. (Most royal brides in history have typically been teenagers. Even William's mother, Princess Di, was barely 20 years old when she married his father, Prince Charles.) Although, according to statistics, this actually gives her a better chance at a longer future with William. Studies have shown that couple who marry closer to age 30 tend to divorce less than their younger counterparts. Prince William & Kate Middleton Officially Engaged
Fact # 2. Unlike most other brides, Kate will not have to stress and fret over the details of her gigantic, royal wedding. Aside from picking her bridesmaids, which will most likely include her sister, Pippa Middleton, Kate's only other responsibility will be "to look fabulous and be the perfect royal bride," as all of the other arrangements will be made by the royal staff, claims an insider to US Magazine.
Fact # 3. If the royal couple's first press conference is any indication, Kate wants to be called by her given name, Catherine, and not her nickname, Kate. So, we're all going to have to get used to it! Besides, Princess Catherine has a regal air to it, and, if she and William go the distance and become king and queen, she will be the 6th Queen Catherine of England.
Fact # 4. The future Princess Catherine (we're still not used to saying it!) may have scored her late mother-in-law's 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring, but that doesn't mean that her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, will have to go to Zales to pick something out for his future wife. He reportedly inherited Princess Diana's Cartier watch, reports Celebitchy.com. (Funny enough, although the sapphire ring is "very special" to Prince William, neither Princess Diana nor Prince Charles picked it out! The Queen did. We wonder if Princess Diana would have picked out Kate's ring if she were still alive?) Prince William & Kate Play 'Meet The Parents'
Fact # 5. Although Kate has seemingly made it her life's work to become a princess (Seriously, she waited 8 years?! That's longer than most people's first marriages!) Kate's "career," post-wedding will most likely take the form of that of other princesses and will reportedly revolve around Prince William's schedule. According to Celebuzz, Kate has already been assigned 4 bodyguards from Scotland Yard to protect her around the clock, as she adjusts to life in her new public role.
Fact # 6. Unlike Prince Charles and Diana's relationship, where it was Diana who was the most popular of the two, many people are wagering that Prince William will be the star of his and Kate's relationship. Already, Kate seems comfortable playing the straight role in Prince William's on-going comedy routine. During their first press conference, the Prince claimed that when he and Kate first met in college, "She had 10 or 20 pictures of me up on her wall at university." "No," Kate replied, "it was a Levi's ad..." "It was me in the Levi's," Prince William snapped back. Among all of the things that Kate says she is counting on William to teach her, we hope there will be a lesson included about witty zingers and how to effectively use self-deprecating humor to keep a press conference interesting!
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