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Kate Middleton's Parents

Prince William's future in-laws may be thrilled with their daughter's match, but they're also dodging accusations of exploiting the royal wedding. Harry Cole on the new social climbers.

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PROUD PARENTS

Michael and Carole Middleton make a statement following the engagement of their daughter Kate to Prince William, outside their home near the village of Bucklebury on November 16, 2010 in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

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FUTURE SON-IN-LAW

Kate and her parents attend Prince William's passing out parade at the Royal Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006.

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HAPPY OCCASION

Michael and Carole at their daughter Pippa's graduation ceremony at Edinburgh University in June 2007.

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LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Kate and Carole Middleton at the Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park, in Gloucestershire in August of 2005.

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STYLISH PAIR

Kate and Carole Middleton in June of 2005.

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GETTIN' FANCY

Carole Middleton attending the final day of the Royal Ascot 2010.

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DAPPER DUO

Carole and Michael Middleton arrive at the Art for Starlight Charity Event at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2009.

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WELL-HEELED MUM

Carole Middleton at a Time To Reflect book launch party in London in 2007.

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A YOUTHFUL GLOW

Carole Goldsmith at age 5.