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Kate Middleton

The Middleton Family

William & Kate's Royal Wedding

One of Kate Middleton's many charms may be that she seems just like one of us (only, you know, maybe a little prettier, smarter and more stylish and athletic).

And while certainly no pauper, Kate's origins are humble compared to the aristocrats in her social circle—her parents met while working at British Airways.

Yet even as the Middletons became millionaires after launching a successful party-supply business, the former flight attendant's daughter remained down-to-earth.

Except now she's poised to become a princess unlike any other in British history.