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Kate Middleton's alternative career path laid bare - 'Family business'

Kate Middleton arrives at the Forward Trust campaign event

Kate Middleton, 39, joined the Royal Family in 2011 after she tied the knot with Prince William, also 39, at Westminster Abbey. While the historic ceremony and the Cambridges' relationship have been well-documented, what Kate could have ended up doing instead is now often forgotten.

Before joining the Firm, the Duchess had worked at the high street chain Jigsaw for some time.

According to the MailOnline's Rebecca English: "She worked as an accessories buyer but interestingly someone at the firm told me at the time she went to the boss and said to them, 'I need a job, but it needs to be part-time so I can work it around my relationship with this very high profile man'."

"That's quite unusual for a modern working woman," she added.

However, while Jigsaw founder Belle Robinson said Kate was an impressive employee, it was in the world of modelling where the Duchess left her mark.

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Kate Middleton's alternative career path laid bare - 'Family business'

Kate Middleton's alternative career path laid bare - 'Family business' (Image: Getty)

At just seven years old, a young Kate gave modelling a go with the Middleton's own company, Party Pieces.

MyLondon reports how Kate's 66-year-old mother, Carole, shared a throwback snap of her children working for Party Pieces in 1989.

Marie Claire reports: "It is still very much a family business today, and over the years all my children have played a huge part in it from modelling for the catalogue to developing new categories for the brand."

But the Duchess' passion for modelling continued after she arrived at St Andrews' University in Scotland.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton (Image: Getty)

In 2002, aged just 19, Kate strutted down the catwalk in a see-through green dress, which later sold for £78,000, at the university's charity fashion show.

Fellow undergraduate and future husband William was said to have sat in the fashion show's front row after purchasing a £200 ticket.

In what has been touted as the moment Kate "caught" William's "attention", designer Charlotte Todd said: "It's part of fashion history – the moment William could first have fallen in love with Kate."

Since joining the Royal Family, Kate has undertaken regal work alongside her in-laws.

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Cambridges (Image: Getty)

Prince William

Prince William (Image: Getty)

She is even expected to join William, Prince Charles, 72, and Queen Elizabeth, 95, at the UN's COP26 summit in Glasgow next month.