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 businessman and member of the Middleton family. Bakeries run by his Cake Kit Company 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, the youngest child and only son of Michael Middleton (b. 23 June 1949) who was then a British Airways flight dispatcher, and Carole Goldsmith (b. 31 January 1955), a former flight attendant. His father came from a long line of solicitors who resided in Leeds, in Yorkshire, and one of his great-grandmothers, Olive Lupton, belonged to a business family active in Leeds for generations. 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 is currently in a relationship with British actress Donna Air.
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.
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 lection off by heart, in order to not mix up the words.
He appeared with the bridal party, the Royal Family and the rest of the Middletons on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony.
Other Royal events
He has since appeared at a number of royal events, including the River Pageant at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 2012, he appeared with his sister, Pippa Middleton at the Wimbledon Championships, sitting in the Royal Box.
In 2013, he attended the Coronation Festival Evening Gala at Buckingham Palace as part of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.
On October 23, 2013, he attended the christening of his nephew Prince George of Cambridge at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace along with his parents and sister Pippa.
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