Meet Lucy Middleton - Kate Middleton's Cousin and Godmother Of Prince Louis
The christening of Prince Louis, Kate and William's third child, was an event eagerly awaited by British Royal fans worldwide. But more then a public event, it was a family moment. Kate made sure to make it so by inviting her cousin Lucy Middleton to be one of Louis's 6 godparents. But what do we really know about low-profile Lucy?
A past connected to the royal family
Although not royals themselves, the Middletons have been connected to the British Royal Family as friends and members of the aristocracy since the late Georgian era. They established themselves in 1834 as figures of the law through their first law firm, Messrs Middleton and Sons, founded by William Middleton, in Leeds.
From then on, many of the Middletons followed the path of the law by becoming solicitors themselves, such as his grandsons Henry Dubs Middleton and Richard Noel Middleton. Richard's son was Captain Peter Middleton, who ended up being Prince Philip's co-pilot years later and father to Michael Middleton. Kate would be born years later from Michael's marriage to Carole Middleton.
An aristocratic background
In addition to Michael, Captain Peter Middleton had 3 more sons. One of which, Richard Middleton is the father of Adam and Lucy Middleton, Kate Middleton's cousins. Shortly before Kate's marriage to Prince William, Michael Middleton was granted a coat of arms featuring three acorn sprigs, one of each of his children.
This privileged connection of the Middletons with the Royal Family has led the British press to refer to the family as "Upper Middleton Class" or to describe them as "minted... with a smattering of blue-blooded antecedents," an allusion to Michael's grandmother Olive Middleton who was a member of the aristocratic Lupton family.
Michael and Carole Middleton
From coworkers to life partners
Michael and Carole met during their time at British Airways, where they both worked as ground crew. In 1979 Michael was promoted to aircraft dispatcher and one year later, he and Carole were getting married at St James's Parish Church in Dorney, Buckinghamshire. Their daughter, Catherine (a.k.a. the now Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton) was born in 1982, followed by Phillipa (Pippa) in 1983.
In 1984 the Middleton Family moved to Amman, Jordan when Michael was promoted to British Airways manager. Their third and youngest child, James, was born 3 years later, in 1987, the same year Carole started her company Party Pieces. Over the years, the company went from selling only party bags to including party supplies and decorations and Michael joined his wife as a manager.
Thriving business owners
The Middletons went from managing their small business from their garden shed in the 80s to moving to a bigger headquarter in Hungerford and then to Childs Court farm in Yattendon, where they are currently based. They made the decision to change their business to mail-order and increased their orders number by the thousands.
The business thrived under Michael and Carole's management, and along with some funds inherited by Michael, the couple was able to send their children off to independent schools. In 2012 the Middletons moved from their Tudor-style manor house "Oak Acre" in Buckleberry, Berkshire, to an 18-acre property Georgian mansion where Kate's son, Prince George, spent his first weeks.
Kate Middleton, a.k.a, the Duchess of Cambridge
Building a royal family
Kate is Michael and Carole Middleton's first child. Born in 1982, she studied at St. Andrews' boarding school and graduated from the University of St Andrews. While living at St. Salvator's Hall she met Prince William who she would end up dating for a long time and marrying after a long 6-month engagement, on 29 April 2011.
Two years after their wedding at Westminster Abbey, one of the most-watched British Royal family events since Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding back in 1981, Kate gave birth to hers and William's first son, Prince George, who became the third in line to the throne. Almost two years later came their second child and only daughter, Princess Charlotte.
A royal christening
On 23 April 2018, Kate Middleton, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her third child and second son, Prince Louis of Cambridge. Three months later, on 9 July, Prince William, Kate, and their children were making their first public appearance as a family of 5 at Prince Louis' christening in The Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace.
Despite its royal significance, it was still very much a family moment, with Kate's parents, Michael Francis and Carole Middleton, and siblings Pippa and James, as well, of course, the closest members of the British royal family - Harry, Meghan, Charles, and Camilla - attending. Only the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were unable to attend.
Choosing Prince Louis' godparents
When it came to choosing their newborn son's godparents, William and Kate did what any other couple would do and made sure to go for the people closest to them, in their inner circle. Louis ended up having 6 godparents, all from the royal couple's inner circle, but only one of them was actually family.
The group of godparents was made of 3 men and 3 women. Among the men were William's close friends Guy Pelly, a nightclubs' manager; Nicholas van Cutsem, a British Army major, and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, a former schoolmate of William. As for the women, Lady Laura Meade, the wife of James Meade; Hannah Carter, Kate's schoolmate, and Lucy Middleton, Kate's cousin, were the chosen ones.
Who is Lucy Middleton?
Lucy Middleton, Kate's 32-year-old cousin, was the only family member to be honored with the responsibility of becoming Prince Louis' godmother. The discreet senior publishing lawyer rarely makes headlines, unlike other Middleton family members such as Kate's siblings for example, and isn't directly connected come to the royal family like fellow godparents Nicholas van Cutsem or Lady Laura Meade.
But what she lacks in royal connections, she makes up for with the close bond she shares with her cousin Kate, with whom she spent a gap year in Florence, Italy, back in 2000. The two cousins spent three months studying Italian and attending daily lectures on the Renaissance at the British Institute in the Italian city while sharing a $650-a-month apartment.
Choosing different life paths
After Italy, the cousins each went their own way. While Kate went on to do yet another Gap Year, this time in Chile, South America, and to study art history at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, Lucy chose to stay in England where she studied Italian and French before going off to the University of Bristol where she graduated from BPP Law School.
While Kate's destiny had her meeting her future husband William in college and later becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, Lucy became a lawyer specialized in media litigation and is currently working as a Senior Publishing Lawyer at Penguin Random House, after some time at Atkins Thomson. Her current workplace is quite close to her Duchess cousin's official residence so she can always drop in for tea.
Following her family's career path
The Middletons origins are connected to the law business so it really can't come as a complete surprise that Lucy decided to follow the same career path her ancestors did for years. From her great-great-grandfather to her great-grandfather, both solicitors, the law tradition ran in the family all the way back to the 18th century.
While working for Atkins Thomson, Lucy was part of the legal team for several cases. In 2014 she was involved in the famous "Plebgate" case, representing Andrew Mitchell. She and her team, unfortunately, lost the case but Lucy already had a few high-profile wins under her belt.
Attending family events together
Though it's not clear or known if Lucy and Kate mingle regularly, they do at least see each other in family events. In 2014, Kate was present at Lucy's brother's wedding, Adam Middleton, who also had the honor of being invited to be Kate and William's daughter Princess Charlotte's godfather, one year later.
Kate's cousins weren't the only family members to be invited as godparents of Kate and William's children. In 2013 William chose his cousin Zara Tindall to be one of Prince George's 7 godparents. In 2017, Lucy and Kate saw each other again at Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister, wedding to James Matthews.
Although Lucy's life is completely different and much more low-key than her now royal cousin Kate's life, it seems that the bond they share is much bigger than their differences. And now, as Lucy becomes Prince Louis' godmother, their relationship has grown even stronger and will never be broken.
It's amazing when family members turn their blood connections into close friendships, like what Kate and her cousin Lucy Middleton have. Had you ever heard about Lucy before Louis' christening? What are your thoughts about the cousins' relationship? Let us know all about it in the comment section and don´t forget to share the article with your friends! Stay tuned for more.Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Royal, BBC