Once upon a time there was a family of working-class coal miners and builders. The grandmother, Dorothy Goldsmith, decided it was high time the family improved their financial and social standing.
Dorothy encouraged her daughter Carole to aim high, and she did. Carole became an airline hostess with all the prestige that went with the job. At her job Carole met a dispatcher named Michael Middleton. They fell in love and married.
By the time their first born Kate arrived, Carole had started a mail order party goods company out of the house. With the drive that had been instilled into her by her mother, Carole was able to make enough money to send her children to private school.
The business was very successful and the family became multi-millionaires.
Neither young Kate, nor her brother or sister wanted for anything. She did encounter bullying at not one, but two different schools, and in spite of her treatment she got outstanding grades.
She grew up and was the first girl in her family to attend college. Kate attended the University of St. Andrews. There she met her Prince Charming, Prince William of Wales.
After a long courtship, a break up, and reuniting all in the course of ten years, 2001 till 2011, and they were married April 29, 2011, in a spectacular fairy tale wedding.
From meager beginnings to Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, the title bestowed on her by Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s grandmother-in-law, Kate emerged at the top of the social ladder.
The Middleton family has been embraced by the Queen. She invited the Middleton's to ride with the royal family in the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla on June 3rd, 2012.
Kate has had strong women role models. From Grandma Dorothy with her vision of a better future and social standing for her family to her new Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled England for 60 years and is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year.
Now that’s staying power! She is still loved and respected by her subjects.
Of course, Kate’s mom, Carole, was the one who made the private schools happen. And where would Kate be if not for her mom’s drive and determination?
Who are your role models? Who has made a difference in your life?