Kate, who married Prince William in 2011, is known for being a loving mother of three while managing a busy work schedule as a senior member of Britain’s Royal Family. But in the past, the royals had normal 9-to-5 jobs.
After working for her parents’ successful party supply company, Kate became an accessory buyer for the British clothing chain Jigsaw. However, the public attention she generated as the bride to the future king of Great Britain became too great for Kate and in 2006 she resigned from her job.
Party Pieces and company success
Carole Middleton was a housewife when she launched Party Pieces in 1987 when Kate was just 5 years old. She started out frustrated by the gap in the birthday party market, especially for parents who wanted to mark the occasion special. with imaginative and creative parties for her children.
His company focuses on selecting simple, fun products and reflecting creativity; this can include colorful balloon arches, innovative décor with eco-friendly and recyclable products, and a wide range of party themes. The company name acts as a bridge to bridge the gap between people and party entertainment.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother rarely gives interviews. Still, it is well known that she is proud of the business she built from scratch, long before the family stepped into the spotlight and walked in the footsteps of the royal family. Before turning a small party bag business into a multi-million dollar business, Carole worked as a flight attendant for British Airways until her marriage to Micheal Middleton.
Thanks to its entrepreneurial spirit, over the past few decades the company has grown from a small start-up to a family-owned business that today claims to be “the UK’s leading catalog and online party company”.
The business grew to the point where Michael quit his job as a flight dispatcher to help run it, evolving from a family business operated out of a shed in the family’s backyard to a business operated from three converted farms. buildings in Berkshire, about an hour’s drive from London.
The success of Party Pieces has given the Middletons a home in the affluent town of Bucklebury, where the average residence is valued at $1 million, according to property site Zoopla, as well as providing them with the means to send Kate to some of the most expensive. private schools in England.
a family affair
Carole Middleton recently spoke about Party Pieces, the company she started as a young mother, and how her three children; Kate, Pippa and James all had their roles within and the roles complemented them perfectly.
Pippa was in charge of writing their “Party Times” blogs, which led to her writing for Waitrose Kitchen and other high-profile publications, while James took over the cakes and soon started his custom marshmallow company in 2013 and a pet food company in 2020.
Catherine developed her first birthday and baby category. In 2008, she spearheaded the launch of First Birthdays, a division that focuses on baby parties, and according to Joseph, she was also responsible for sourcing Party Pieces to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation charity.
Kate’s role in developing party supplies can be linked to her work with the Royal Family, where she launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, which focuses on how the first five years in a child’s life affect their future.