Kate’s mum, who runs the family company Party Pieces, posted a photograph of herself to her company’s Instagram account over the weekend. In the photo, Ms Middleton can be seen loading a box packed full of toys and presents into the boot of her car. The box full of goodies was then taken to children in an NHS hospital.
Ms Middleton founded her highly successful company back in 1987, having previously worked as an air stewardess.
The business made the family’s fortune, enabling Carole to send her children to the very best schools, an opportunity she was denied.
All three Middleton children had the work ethic instilled into them by their parents and worked for the family firm at various times, with Kate and her sister Pippa modelling various outfits for their mother.
Despite her business commitments, Carole Middleton devoted herself to the upbringing of her children, working hard to ensure they were given the support and love they needed.
The devotion to each other and the strong family unity was an aspect that Prince William found particularly appealing on visits to Kate’s parents.
Writing in the Sun, royal expert Ingrid Seward wrote: “They were able to give him what he had lacked since the death of his mother – an ordinary family life without the pressure of the appointments and engagements his own father had.”
After they were married, William started to spend more time with the Middletons than he did with his own father and used to call Michael Middleton “dad’.
In a sign of mutual respect and appreciation, the Queen has embraced the Middleton family with open arms and often showers favours on them.
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Over the years Carole and Michael have stayed at Balmoral, been guests at Prince Charles’ Scottish retreat Birkhall, ridden in the royal carriages at Ascot races, lunched at Windsor, been invited into the Royal Box at Wimbledon and attended many high-profile events.
Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge showed her appreciation for the devotion to duty and hard work of carers working for the charity Action for Children.
Kate became the patron of the charity, after the Queen stepped down from the role in 2016.
The charity helps protect and support vulnerable young people and is a key element of the Duchess’s mission to provide early intervention to help children experiencing difficulties in their family lives.
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In a letter to the charity, Kate said that she was “truly” humbled by the way the charity continued to support vulnerable children during the current coronavirus crisis.
She wrote: “Your willingness to be there for those that need your help is truly humbling.
“Whilst you are having to adapt your services during this pandemic, it is heartening to know that you are still able to provide vital support to children and families across the U.K. who need your help now more than ever.”
She added: “Many of you are working on the frontline, in residential and other settings, to directly support children, with many others enabling this all to happen behind the scenes.
“You must all have particular concerns at the moment for children who are especially vulnerable and who are spending time in home environments where they are at risk of violence, abuse and neglect.
“I know you will be doing all you can to look out for them.”
Kate’s letter was much appreciated by the charity, providing a great boost to morale.
A spokesperson for the charity told People: “It is obviously lovely to receive a letter of support from her.
“We have a really lovely relationship with Kate and the palace.”