Things you didn't know about Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—better known as Kate Middleton—became the fascination of just about every Brit when she began dating Prince William in the early 2000s. Since then, the mother of two has wowed the world with her grace, elegance, and modern approach to the often stuffy and outdated Royal protocol. She's also become somewhat of a tough nut to crack, given her impressive ability to live a low-key life. So, what makes Kate so great?

She met Prince William at St. Andrews University

Middleton met Prince William in 2001 while they were both attending the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Their whirlwind romance wasn't exactly love at first sight, however; the two remained friends for about a year before they a started dating. "William wasn't [at University] for quite a bit of the time initially; he wasn't there for Freshers Week," Middleton told Tom Bradby of the UK Press Association (via ABC News) in 2010. "So, it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other. But we did become very close friends from quite early." William elaborated: "We moved in together as friends because we were living together; we lived with a couple of others as well, and it just sort of blossomed from there really. We just saw more of each other, and…hung out a bit more and did stuff."

She Didn't Grow Up Royally Rich

Though close in proximity, Middleton's upbringing was far from the posh life William and his family experienced living in Buckingham Palace. Middleton's parents, Michael and Carole, met while they were both working for British Airways. Years later, they would go on to create Party Pieces, a pretty self-explanatory online business that specializes in selling decorations. Despite their success, Middleton was still labeled a "commoner" in the press. But, whatever. Middleton ultimately had the last laugh when she became the first so-called "commoner" to marry into the Royal family in about 350 years.

As a teenager, she was more into the Levi's guy than William

If you were a girl growing up in the 1990s, odds are, you probably had a crush on Prince William. So, it came as no surprise when rumors floated around that Middleton used to have a picture of William on her childhood wall. Except that story totally wasn't true. Middleton hilariously set the record straight in the couple's 2010 interview with Bradby. "I had the Levi's guy on my wall, not a picture of William, sorry," she said, referring to a popular ad campaign for jeans in the '90s. To be fair: Prince William is probably way too rich to even know what Levi's are. So, he's got nothing to worry about.

Kate and William broke up briefly in 2007

Despite having one of the most successful relationships in the world, Prince William and Middleton certainly had their setbacks, including a surprising split in 2007. "We both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff," William explained in 2010. "It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better."

"I think I at the time wasn't very happy about it," added Middleton. "But actually, it made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realized—or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger—and I really valued that time for me, as well, although I didn't think it at the time." The couple got back together a few months after their split.

She's related to George Washington

She may be one of the most famous Brits around, but actually, Middleton is loosely connected to one of the most important figures in American history. In 2010, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (via CBS News) uncovered that Middleton is actually related to the first President of the United States, George Washington. By "actually," we mean she's an eighth cousin eight times removed, which is basically one's way of saying one of her ancestors probably walked by Washington once on the street. But, hey, pretty cool. Meanwhile, the New England Historic Genealogical Society also revealed that Middleton is a ninth cousin seven times removed of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark, and a 13th cousin three times removed of General George S. Patton.

She was the oldest bride in Royal history

When Middleton married Prince William at the age of 29 in 2010, she became the oldest first-time bride in England's history to marry a King-in-waiting, according to the Telegraph. By comparison, Princess Diana was 20 when she married Prince Charles of Wales in 1981. Of course, this "honor" is a bit odd, because Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall, was 57 when she married Charles in 2005; and Eleanor of Aquitaine was said to be about 30 when she married Henry II way back in 1152. Only, they don't really count, apparently, because they were both divorcees. Whatever the case, considering the Telegraph writes that Isabella of Valois apparently married her husband, Richard II, when she was six years old, we're totally into all future Royals waiting awhile before they say "I do."

She had two very difficult pregnancies

Middleton was hospitalized in December 2012 for a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, better known as an acute and severe form of morning sickness, which can cause severe nausea and vomiting. Middleton's hospitalization ultimately led the Royal family to confirm that, yes, she was pregnant with her first child, son George. She was released three days later. Unfortunately for Middleton, the same thing happened again when she was pregnant with her second child, daughter Charlotte.

She doesn't often speak in public

If Prince William and Middleton were American, one would assume they'd be on the cover of every magazine and at just about every red carpet you could think of. So far, though, that has not been the case, especially for Middleton. In fact, Middleton makes so few public speaking engagements that it's considered a rare and special event when she finally does. Indeed, ask yourself what her voice sounds like and you'll probably just hear a bunch of British accents. There's never been an official reason for Middleton not appearing in a 20-page spread for, say, Vogue. But we kind of love her for doing her thing.

She once starred in My Fair Lady

In 2014, video footage surfaced on YouTube of an 11-year-old Kate Middleton performing the lead role of Eliza Doolittle in a school production of My Fair Lady. In the clip, Middleton is seen and heard doing a pretty darn good take on one of the musical's hit songs, "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." The production took place in 1993 at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, according to The Daily Mail. Her musical aspirations seemed to have lived and died with this production. However, given all that she's accomplished since, we think she's better off.