Kate: The Making of a Princess
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Kate: The Making of a Princess

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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, Kate has charmed William's louche circle of friends as well as the House of Windsor. Yet behind her polished veneer lies the extraordinary tale of an imp...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 18th 2010 by Mainstream Publishing
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OK - interesting for a student of Family History but Miss Middleton is still a bit of a nonentity.
Total trash reading. So unlike me! :-)

Everyone has their celebrity fixation, and I'll admit it: mine is the royal family.

The first half or so of the book is a relatively detailed history of Kate's lineage, tracing both sides of her family back into the 1600s. It reads kind of like an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are," pointing out random famous people who Kate is distantly related to (like Sir John Gielgud and the Spencer family). It felt like nearly all of the chapters ended with a dumb li...more
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....more
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The first part of the book was Kate Middleton's ancestry, and though it was sometimes hard to keep all the names straight, it gave an interesting overview of English history from the point of view of ordinary people (coal mines, diseases, world wars, etc).

The second half was mostly Kate's life, and the last bit more about Kate's social life. I was surprised at how often it would mention Kate and William doing exactly the same thing (e.g. William's hanging out with his friends,...more
This is one of the books where the only reason why I continued to read it is because I was bored. Hence the reason why it took me long.

Anyway, this book in one word: boooooring. I skipped the first hundred pages, because honestly, who is really that interested to read about Kate's ancestors like a few hundred years ago. If I could care less about this woman, I could give no shit about where she came from.

What I found so hilarious with this book is that compared to the other Kate books I read, ev...more
This felt like two seperate books. The first part was largely about Kate's more distant ancestors. It bounced between what was going on in their lives, as commoners, and what was going on in the royal family at the same time, which was a really neat historical perspective.

The second half of the book read like a long tabloid article on Kate's like - where she ate, who she hung out with, etc. I wouldn't call it a good biography but it considering I hadn't really kept up with the Kate/William story...more
Too much irrelevant detail
This book was semi-interesting. I think the general consensus in America is that she's sweet and innocent and well dressed. This book sheds some light on the Royal's consistent enjoyment of clubs and partying. I honestly don't respect her as much after reading this. Ignorance was bliss for me. Also, the first five chapters are tireless amounts of genealogy that I ended up skipping. Unless you're very curious about Kate up until being married, I wouldn't recommend this book.
Dec 28, 2013 Erika rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I skipped the first part about her ancestors and the rest was ok but not great. Lots of stories about her with exact dates and times that she did this or drank that. Wouldn't want her life, that's for sure!
Enjoyed this! The first half is basically a "Who Do You Think You Are" of Kate Middleton and the second a potted history of her courtship with Prince William (or, at least, the bits the author could get hold of)!

Glimpses into many different worlds!
Too much about her great great great whatever long ago family. I would rather have heard about her generation and maybe up to her grandparents. Still interesting.
this is a good start if you want to know more about Kate Middleton, bit boring in the middle but slightly entertaining! :)
VERY interesting book with much info about Kate's ancestors, as well as her romance with Prince William.
Laura Gladney-lemon
I didnt finish the book but I did really like the history lessons weaved in.
I don't know what I was expecting, but, this was not good.
Sandra Zakss
Enjoyed reading about Kate's families history.
an awsome book
i love it
Ok. Wouldn't go mad over it
May 15, 2011 CLM rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to CLM by: Book Club Girl
Trashy but very entertaining
Very interesting.
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