Kate Middleton: 7 Things You Didn't Know About the Future Royal

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The Daily Express reported that, during their second year at St. Andrews University, in Scotland, they shared a house with two other students. At the time, Middleton was dating a fellow student. The article included a reference to royal biographer Penny Juror, who claimed the eventual relationship between William and Middleton would have benefited as a result.

"They saw each other under every possible circumstance, feeling lousy, feeling grumpy, flu-ridden," according to the report. "It's a good basis for a marriage."

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She's privy to the gamekeeper's cottage. One palace is seldom enough, which is why the Queen of England hangs on to the 50,000-acre Balmoral estate. The Daily Mail also described Birkhall as "an imposing 18th-century mansion" -? the former home of the Queen Mother that is part of the estate.

It's good for walking and salmon-fishing, too. Although William has his own cottage, his father, Prince Charles, offered Birkhall to accommodate the visit from Middleton's parents. Although William and Middleton have spent regular weekends in the house, they've also been "romantically ensconced in a 120-year-old gamekeeper's cottage in the grounds."

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She has famous relatives across the pond. Who'd have guessed that Kate Middleton has blood ties to George Washington? According to the Associated Press, the New England Historic Genealogical Society said that Middleton is "an eighth cousin eight times removed to George Washington. Their common ancestor, Sir William Gascoigne, died in 1487."

Her other U.S. relatives "include explorer Meriwether Lewis, who teamed with William Clark for their renowned 19th-century Western expedition. He's a ninth cousin seven times removed," according to the Associated Press, and she's a "thirteenth cousin three times removed of World War II General George S. Patton."

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