|Born||Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith
31 January 1955
Perivale Maternity Hospital, Perivale, London, England
|Children||Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
James William Middleton
|Parents||Ronald Goldsmith (1931–2003)
Dorothy Harrison (1935–2006)
|Relatives||Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (son-in-law)
Prince George of Cambridge (grandson)
Carole Elizabeth Middleton (née Goldsmith; born 31 January 1955), is a former air stewardess turned businesswoman, and the mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her siblings, Philippa "Pippa" Middleton and James William Middleton. Her first grandchild, Prince George of Cambridge, was born on 22 July 2013, and is third in the line of succession to the British throne.
She was born in Perivale Maternity Hospital, the daughter of Dorothy (Harrison) and Ronald Goldsmith, and the older sister of IT recruitment multi-millionaire Gary Goldsmith. She spent her early years in a council flat in Southall, attending the local state school. She met flight dispatcher Michael Francis Middleton at British Airways where she worked as an air hostess. The couple were married on 21 June 1980, at the parish church of St James in Dorney, Buckinghamshire. Leeds-born Michael was the son of pilot Peter Middleton whose mother Olive, was a member of the Lupton family who are described in the City of Leeds archives as being "landed gentry; a political and business dynasty".
In the mid 1980s, when her two eldest children were at a pre-school and the family was living at Bradfield Southend, she set up Party Pieces, a company which began by making party bags and which now sells party supplies and decorations by mail order. By 1995 the firm, run by both parents, was so successful that it moved into a range of farm buildings at Ashampstead Common, and since then the Middletons are reported to have become millionaires, and racehorse owners.
|Ancestors of Carole Middleton|
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