Idyllic village where Kate Middleton grew up named one of UK’s top places to live

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The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was born in the Royal Berkshire Hospital on January 9, 1982. She was raised in West Berkshire in the villages of Bradfield and Chapel Row where her parents still reside.

However, she attended St Andrews prep school in Pangbourne for nine years before until the age of 13.

Kate was described as “very hard working, very polite and friendly” by staff, who also said she is “very kind to the younger children”.

Kate later attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Muddy Stilettos, an insider’s urban guide to the countryside rated Pangbourne as part of their Top 200 Places to Live series. According to Muddy Stilettos, the village has it all with a picturesque river, “cosy pubs and you can whizz into London in less than an hour.”

Clarissa Sebag-Monetfiore who attended the school with Kate spoke about the Duchess just after she announced her engagement to William.

She said: “As someone vaguely associated with the future Queen of England, I am bombarded with questions about her ‘set’.

“An American recently asked: ‘So, was Kate queenly at school?”

In the Guardian piece Sebag-Montefiore claimed Kate was not in fact a “snooty Sloane”.

“The answer is, not in the slightest.”

The ex-Marlborough student added: “Kate was ordinary, hardworking, athletic and easy-going.”

The village of Pangbourne has also been home to celebrities including George Michael and Led Zeppelin.

During Kate’s time as Duchess of Cambridge she has returned to her hometown in Berkshire – including last December to the Royal Berkshire hospital.

The village of Pangbourne is on the boundary of Reading and is under an hour commute from Paddington station.

The Wind in the Willows was previously inspired by the area, the author Kenneth Grahame retired to a cottage in Pangbourne.

The village of Pangbourne also is nearby to Basildon Park which is maintained by The National Trust.

Basildon Park was the location for the film Pride and Prejudice.


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The Thames Boathouse, was the location where Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin in the 1960s.

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