Kate Middleton, now officially Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born in Reading, England and grew up in Amman, Jordan and Berkshire, England.
There was some concern and speculation over Kate’s religion. Up until the day of her wedding to Prince William, it was British law that a member of the royal family could marry someone of any religion, except Catholic.2 The worry of certain British people about her religion is a testament to the lack of faith of Kate and her family. It was reported that her parents, though married in an Anglican church, do not regularly attend services.3
But the concern was really more about prying, nosy British people getting their gossip fix than anything substantial. Kate was baptized in an Anglican church at five months old.3 It is true that her confirmation was probably all for show as confirmation is an Anglican ritual designed to show one’s deep devotion and faith to Jesus Christ and the Anglican Church and is usually done at a relatively young age, sometimes into a person’s teenage years.4
No Politics for Britain’s First Family
As a member of the royal family, Middleton is barred from a great many things. One of these things is politics in all of its forms. Middleton is not allowed to vote, to run for office, to endorse a candidate, or in any way make a political statement.7 British royals are required to be neutral and cannot be perceived as interfering in the British democratic process.
One contoversy might have shown Kate and William’s political preferences, though it is all merely speculation. The two declined to invite U.S. president Barack Obama and his wife to their wedding, something that was come to be known as a “snub of historic proportions.”8 The reason presented for the snub was that the astronomical cost of security to retain the Obama’s was too much for the royal family. But they are quite wealthy, so one wonders.
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- Why It Matters that Kate Middleton Can Be Catholic Now. Shameless Popery. [↩]
- Kate Middleton’s Secret Confirmation: How Religious Is the Future Princess? Time. [↩] [↩]
- What is Confirmation. Church of England. [↩]
- Ancestry of the Duchess of Cambridge. Wargs. [↩]
- Thomas Davis (clergyman). Wikipedia. [↩]
- 10 Things Kate Middleton Can’t Do After the Wedding on sylvs’ Blog. Buzznet. [↩]
- Royal Wedding Guest List: Obama, Former British Prime Ministers Among Notable Snubs. The Huffington Post. [↩]