James William Middleton
|Born||James William Middleton
15 April 1987
|Education||St Andrew's School, Pangbourne, Marlborough College, and Edinburgh University|
James William Middleton (born 15 April 1987) is an English businessperson and member of the Middleton family. Middleton runs the Cake Kit Company, which make themed cakes and cake-making kits for birthdays and other occasions. He is the brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and read the lesson at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Middleton was born in 1987 in Reading at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the youngest child and only son of Michael Francis Middleton (b. 23 June 1949) formerly a British Airways flight dispatcher, and Carole Goldsmith (b. 31 January 1955), formerly flight attendant. His father came from a long line of solicitors who resided in Leeds, in Yorkshire, and one of James' great-grandmothers, Olive Middleton (1881-1936), was a member of the Lupton family who are described by the City of Leeds archives as "landed gentry; a business and political dynasty". Carole Middleton's mother's family were labourers and miners from County Durham. His elder sisters are Catherine Elizabeth (born 1982) and Philippa Charlotte (born 1983).
Middleton was educated at St Andrew's School, Pangbourne, followed by Marlborough College. He started a degree in Environmental Resources Management at Edinburgh University in 2006 but left after one year to start his business. He has acknowledged that he is dyslexic and is speaking out to raise awareness about the condition.
Middleton's cake-making business was inspired by reading that a mother’s baking is a highly evocative childhood memory – he wanted to supply baking kits so home bakers would be able to get all the ingredients in one place for adventurous creations such as "football cakes". He started baking himself, using the family kitchen, then expanded into a freight container and his business now bakes in converted barns. Themed cakes are baked for companies such as Jigsaw, 3 and Ralph Lauren. "The entrepreneur was said to have caused 'shudders' at Buckingham Palace" after taking part in the Hello photoshoot and making 21 different cakes for them. "Each was iced with one of the magazine's memorable front pages, several of them depicting members of the Royal family, including, Diana, Princess of Wales". Birthday cake baking kits are created for the domestic market with themes such as dinosaurs and football, which are then distributed through his parents' company, Party Pieces.
Middleton's Cake Kit Company business has been nominated for several awards and won Smarta 100 and Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur awards. In April 2011 he registered three more businesses: Nice Cakes, Nice Wine and Nice Group London and has indicated that he plans to further expand the Cake Kit Company.
Royal connections and ancestry
Middleton read the lesson at the wedding of his sister Catherine to Prince William. This was the Romans chapter 12, verses 1–2 and 9–18. The reading was from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible rather than the traditional Authorized Version of King James. Due to his dyslexia, he had to learn the lesson off by heart, in order to not mix up the words.
Through his father's gentry Lupton lineage, Middleton is descended form Sir Thomas Fairfax (d.1520), whose wife, Agnes Gascoigne, was a descendant of King Edward III. On his mother's side, he is descended from Sir Thomas Conyers, 9th Baronet (1731-1810), himself a descendant of King Edward IV.
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