A SNIPPET - 29th April 2011 - The Royal Wedding Day

Just in case you have missed this story !

I re-tell this Daily Telegraph story because I think it is wonderful, magic, and that this hard working 'ordinary' English family have produced a daughter which the UK will forever be proud of, is in the nature of things, nothing less than a romantic fairy story come true.  I commend the short read to you.  Be proud of the Middleton's, be proud of the UK and most of all, be proud of our Royal Family. May their marriage be long and happy.  Rule Britannia.

By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter Daily Telegraph Newspaper on the subject of the Middleton family, written at the time of the engagement announcement between HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton -  12:12PM GMT 16 Nov 2010

QUOTE: Some of the stories – such as Mrs Middleton’s supposed howler when she greeted the Queen with “pleased to meet you” rather than “how do you do?” – were manifestly untrue (the meeting never took place).

The suggestion that the “pushy” Mrs Middleton told her daughter Kate to switch her choice of university to St Andrews when she discovered Prince William was going there is also described as “pure fiction” by those who know the family.

The fact that they have gained such widespread currency is because the Middletons have been caught in the media equivalent of no man’s land; with no official status, they have had no help from the St James’s Palace press office, but neither could they speak to the media, even to issue denials, without gaining an unwanted public profile.

“They’ve had the worst of both worlds,” one source close to the family said. “They’ve resolutely refused to talk to the media, which is to their great credit, but while the Royal family have an army of press officers to deny any stories that are untrue, the Middletons have had no-one. They’ve just had to grin and bear it.”

There have undoubtedly been mistakes along the way, including an ill-judged decision to use Kate to help plug products on the website of the family’s mail order company, and Mrs Middleton’s chewing of nicotine gum at Prince William’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006.

But the fact that neighbours in the village of Bucklebury, Berks, are so fiercely protective of the Middletons is perhaps the most reliable gauge of the family’s suitability for Royal duties.

In the 30 years that they have lived in the area, they have become familiar faces at village shows, local pubs and shops, earning the almost impenetrable loyalty of those who know them.

“Carole and Michael are a couple whose only crime has been to start their own business and do well for themselves and their children,” said one long-standing friend. “The fact that they raised a daughter who won the heart of Prince William should be to their credit, but I’m afraid that a lot of people are still obsessed by class in this country, and some of them will never forgive the Middletons for being middle-class.”

Michael Middleton, 61, the Leeds-born son of an airline pilot, was working as an air steward for British Airways when he met his future wife Carole Goldsmith, now 55, in the mid-1970s.

Miss Goldsmith, a builder’s daughter from Southall, Middlesex, was an air stewardess for the same airline.

In 1979, after Mr Middleton was promoted to the role of flight dispatcher for BA at Heathrow, where he kept track of the airline’s fleet on the ground, the couple bought a modest Victorian semi in Bradfield Southend, a village near Reading, and married in 1980.

It was from there that they started their Party Pieces children’s partyware business in 1987, which became a huge success and enabled the couple to move to a modern five-bedroomed house, set behind trees in the neighbouring village of Bucklebury, in 1995.

It also enabled them to send their three children, Kate, Pippa and James, to Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

In the past year Kate’s younger siblings have proved to be rather less publicity-shy than their parents.

Pippa, 27, works part-time in marketing and PR for Table Talk, an events catering company, and devotes the rest of her working week to The Party Times, an online magazine and offshoot of the family business. In October she rode roughshod over the family’s vow of silence by inviting The Sunday Times to the local pub to discuss the venture (with her mother’s approval) while stopping short of saying anything at all revealing.

James, 23, dropped out of his English degree course at Edinburgh University to start his own cake-making company, another spin-off from his parents’ firm. Last year he attracted criticism for publicising his venture by appearing in Hello! magazine, baking 21 cakes to celebrate the publication’s 21st birthday. UNQUOTE

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