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Old 10-11-2019, 01:02 PM
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Peter Francis Middleton was born in Leeds in 1920, the third son of Richard Middleton and Olive Lupton, a family of wealthy mill owners and solicitors.

After early tutoring at home with a governess where he developed a love of music and nature, Middleton attended Clifton College, Bristol before gaining a place at Oxford to study English. But within months of his arrival there he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

He was posted to Canada as a flying instructor and it was two and a half years before he finally saw action, joining 605 Squadron at Manston, Kent, in August 1944. Flying Mosquito fighter-bombers, he was detailed to try to tip the wings of German doodlebugs to divert them away from devastating London.

As Germany collapsed he was based in Belgium, Holland and Germany itself before being demobbed in 1946.

His first postwar job was with the Lancashire Aircraft Corporation. In Leeds he courted and later married Valerie Glassborow, a bank manager’s daughter. He was 6ft 2in tall; she was nearly a foot shorter, vivacious and enjoyed all his jokes. They had four sons.

Well before his retirement he had discovered another love: sailing. It had started with the building of small dinghies — the first in the family dining room — that he sailed with his sons on the Thames.

In August 1976 he and his wife set sail from the Hamble in their 35ft ketch Nainjaune to cross the Atlantic. They spent Christmas in the Caribbean and then headed for the Bahamas where the following February, ten miles of the coast of the tiny island of Mayaguana, with a terrible crash they hit a reef.

The boat could not be saved and gathering a few essentials they set out for shore in their life raft. Landing on a deserted beach they made themselves comfortable for the night, dining off Scotch and ginger biscuits. The following day they found the main town.

The Mayaguana people were soon chugging out to examine the broken hull of the Nainjaune and her equipment. The Middletons were invited to visit a local family and found themselves being unabashedly served tea on crockery “borrowed” from their boat.

Returning to England, Middleton continued to sail for the next 20 years. His grandchildren recall the best of times being on the boat when they would respond to his every command by crying out irreverently “Aye, aye, Kipper”. They never tired of spreading the underside of his toast with peanut butter, which he hated but responded to with theatrical good humour.

Middleton had a boundless enthusiasm for life. As well as a keen sailor he was a photographer, writer and carpenter, making tiny tables and chairs for his grandchildren, a pirate ship for them to play on in the garden and repairing pews in his local church.

His 90th birthday party was attended by the whole family and three additional guests, including Prince William. His granddaughter Catherine visited him again on her return from Kenya where Prince William proposed to her last month.

Middleton’s wife Valerie died in 2006 and he leaves four sons and five grandchildren.

- Peter Middleton’s obituary, 27 November 2010.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:19 PM
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A pity he didn't live to see the wedding.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:10 PM
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Interesting information - it seemed that Catherine and her siblings were fairly close to him. It's a shame he couldn't meet the Cambridge children.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:40 PM
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This is powerful stuff. Well worth a read. It’s premium but PM me for full content.

Telegraph Exclusive: James Middleton on his engagement, battling depression and finding happiness. 'I was in a dark, miserable place'

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thin...ssion-finding/

“After years of struggling with dyslexia, ADD and depression, there’s finally brightness on the horizon for the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother. The newly engaged James Middleton reveals to Bryony Gordon how much his life has changed – and how he is looking forward to settling down with his wife-to-be”

“An engagement is a happy occasion for any family, but for the Middletons, the news that their youngest child James had proposed to Alizee Thevenet, his girlfriend of a year, was particularly sweet. Just 18 months ago, the whole family – the Duchess of Cambridge included – were accompanying him to therapy sessions in an effort to untangle him from the grip of depression; now they are celebrating an event that will give hope to anyone currently in the depths of this most miserable of illnesses.”
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:25 PM
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Didn't he already do an interview with the Telegraph, amongst other papers, before about this?

Well anyway, congrats to him I suppose. On the engagement and getting the help he needed/being in a better place.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:17 AM
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Didn't he already do an interview with the Telegraph, amongst other papers, before about this?

Well anyway, congrats to him I suppose. On the engagement and getting the help he needed/being in a better place.
Yes he has done interviews about suffering depression before. But not since the engagement, so I guess a new spin to it.

Also mental health week, so likely was thought a good tie to help promote talking about mental health.
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:13 AM
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i wonder how much of kate's work in mental health awareness is related to james' struggle with it. in any case, very much looking forward to the wedding.
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:57 PM
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Peter Francis Middleton was born in Leeds in 1920, the third son of Richard Middleton and Olive Lupton, a family of wealthy mill owners and solicitors.

After early tutoring at home with a governess where he developed a love of music and nature, Middleton attended Clifton College, Bristol before gaining a place at Oxford to study English. But within months of his arrival there he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

He was posted to Canada as a flying instructor and it was two and a half years before he finally saw action, joining 605 Squadron at Manston, Kent, in August 1944. Flying Mosquito fighter-bombers, he was detailed to try to tip the wings of German doodlebugs to divert them away from devastating London.

As Germany collapsed he was based in Belgium, Holland and Germany itself before being demobbed in 1946.

His first postwar job was with the Lancashire Aircraft Corporation. In Leeds he courted and later married Valerie Glassborow, a bank manager’s daughter. He was 6ft 2in tall; she was nearly a foot shorter, vivacious and enjoyed all his jokes. They had four sons.

Well before his retirement he had discovered another love: sailing. It had started with the building of small dinghies — the first in the family dining room — that he sailed with his sons on the Thames.

In August 1976 he and his wife set sail from the Hamble in their 35ft ketch Nainjaune to cross the Atlantic. They spent Christmas in the Caribbean and then headed for the Bahamas where the following February, ten miles of the coast of the tiny island of Mayaguana, with a terrible crash they hit a reef.

The boat could not be saved and gathering a few essentials they set out for shore in their life raft. Landing on a deserted beach they made themselves comfortable for the night, dining off Scotch and ginger biscuits. The following day they found the main town.

The Mayaguana people were soon chugging out to examine the broken hull of the Nainjaune and her equipment. The Middletons were invited to visit a local family and found themselves being unabashedly served tea on crockery “borrowed” from their boat.

Returning to England, Middleton continued to sail for the next 20 years. His grandchildren recall the best of times being on the boat when they would respond to his every command by crying out irreverently “Aye, aye, Kipper”. They never tired of spreading the underside of his toast with peanut butter, which he hated but responded to with theatrical good humour.

Middleton had a boundless enthusiasm for life. As well as a keen sailor he was a photographer, writer and carpenter, making tiny tables and chairs for his grandchildren, a pirate ship for them to play on in the garden and repairing pews in his local church.

His 90th birthday party was attended by the whole family and three additional guests, including Prince William. His granddaughter Catherine visited him again on her return from Kenya where Prince William proposed to her last month.

Middleton’s wife Valerie died in 2006 and he leaves four sons and five grandchildren.

- Peter Middleton’s obituary, 27 November 2010.

Great to read about Middleton
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Old 10-12-2019, 10:24 PM
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Is Alizee Thevenet a Roman Catholic?
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:56 AM
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More from Alizee's father.
If she really is such a keen skier, perhaps they will opt for a winter wedding and honeymoon?

(But the party in the French village sounds wonderful).
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:34 AM
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Peter Francis Middleton was born in Leeds in 1920, the third son of Richard Middleton and Olive Lupton, a family of wealthy mill owners and solicitors.

After early tutoring at home with a governess where he developed a love of music and nature, Middleton attended Clifton College, Bristol before gaining a place at Oxford to study English. But within months of his arrival there he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

He was posted to Canada as a flying instructor and it was two and a half years before he finally saw action, joining 605 Squadron at Manston, Kent, in August 1944. Flying Mosquito fighter-bombers, he was detailed to try to tip the wings of German doodlebugs to divert them away from devastating London.

As Germany collapsed he was based in Belgium, Holland and Germany itself before being demobbed in 1946.

His first postwar job was with the Lancashire Aircraft Corporation. In Leeds he courted and later married Valerie Glassborow, a bank manager’s daughter. He was 6ft 2in tall; she was nearly a foot shorter, vivacious and enjoyed all his jokes. They had four sons.

Well before his retirement he had discovered another love: sailing. It had started with the building of small dinghies — the first in the family dining room — that he sailed with his sons on the Thames.

In August 1976 he and his wife set sail from the Hamble in their 35ft ketch Nainjaune to cross the Atlantic. They spent Christmas in the Caribbean and then headed for the Bahamas where the following February, ten miles of the coast of the tiny island of Mayaguana, with a terrible crash they hit a reef.

The boat could not be saved and gathering a few essentials they set out for shore in their life raft. Landing on a deserted beach they made themselves comfortable for the night, dining off Scotch and ginger biscuits. The following day they found the main town.

The Mayaguana people were soon chugging out to examine the broken hull of the Nainjaune and her equipment. The Middletons were invited to visit a local family and found themselves being unabashedly served tea on crockery “borrowed” from their boat.

Returning to England, Middleton continued to sail for the next 20 years. His grandchildren recall the best of times being on the boat when they would respond to his every command by crying out irreverently “Aye, aye, Kipper”. They never tired of spreading the underside of his toast with peanut butter, which he hated but responded to with theatrical good humour.

Middleton had a boundless enthusiasm for life. As well as a keen sailor he was a photographer, writer and carpenter, making tiny tables and chairs for his grandchildren, a pirate ship for them to play on in the garden and repairing pews in his local church.

His 90th birthday party was attended by the whole family and three additional guests, including Prince William. His granddaughter Catherine visited him again on her return from Kenya where Prince William proposed to her last month.

Middleton’s wife Valerie died in 2006 and he leaves four sons and five grandchildren.

- Peter Middleton’s obituary, 27 November 2010.
We know that Michael's children are Catherine, Philippa and James.
Richard's son is Adam, godfather of Princess Charlotte and who is Peter Middleton's fifth grandchild? (and whose child is he/she?)
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:03 AM
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We know that Michael's children are Catherine, Philippa and James.
Richard's son is Adam, godfather of Princess Charlotte and who is Peter Middleton's fifth grandchild? (and whose child is he/she?)
I don't know which Middleton brother she comes from but I believe the fifth grandchild is Lucy Middleton, godmother to Prince Louis.
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:55 AM
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Lucy is Adam's older sister. Richard's kids. Also, about a year after Peter died, his third son Simon married a younger woman, so it's possible that Simon now has kids.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:10 AM
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And what is fourth brother's name?
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Is Gary Goldsmith the only brother of Carole Middleton? Does he have sons?
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:13 AM
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And what is fourth brother's name?
Richard (b. 1947)-Michael (b. 1949)-Simon (b.1952)-Nicholas (b. 1956)
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:14 AM
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And when they were born? ( I know that Michael in 1949, abut what about the others?)
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:19 AM
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Is Gary Goldsmith the only brother of Carole Middleton? Does he have sons?
Yes, Gary is her only sibling. No, he doesn't have any sons. Just a daughter.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:20 AM
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And what is her name?
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Yes, Gary is her only sibling. No, he doesn't have any sons. Just a daughter.
What is her name?
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