Kate Middleton used to drive to and from the University of St Andrews in 2005 – where she famously met and fell in love with the father of her children and other half Prince William.
During those years when they first met, Kate was zooming along in her Volkswagen Golf, which she was using until 2007, before selling it to her brother James, who sold it on for just £1,400.
The car she first purchased in November 2001 was later valued at £30,000 by an auctioneer purely due to Middleton’s name being on the vehicle’s logbook.
While many would think Kate's first car she drove when she was first dating the Duke, it wasn't everyone's cup of tea, as after the new owners took the car onto Channel 4’s Four Rooms, the motor didn’t pique the interest of the programme’s experts.
And it's now been said that her car choice reflects her as a person, and inspired her and William's car purchases later down the line, as she now drives an Audi R8 supercar, which has been dubbed as an ideal motor for "royal duties".
Louis Rix, COO and co-founder of car finance platform CarFinance 247, commented on the Duchess’ choice, as he said: "Respectable and reliable are two words to describe a VW Golf – some may say this reflects the Duchess of Cambridge.
"Her VW Golf Mk4 was valued at around £10k in 2001, but Kate may have been won over by its safety and comfort that renders it perfect as a first car but also getting from A to B at university."
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The vehicle, which she depended on to get her to and from university and London, was also driven by the Duke as Prince William was previously spotted driving the car when they were dating back in 2005.
He continued: "Kate moved onto an Audi A3 after graduating but has now upgraded to the Royal Family’s fleet of Land Rovers – a seemingly natural progression for a mum with a young family."
Explaining how Kate moved onto a newer vehicle, Louis added: "However, Kate’s historic interest in Audi has evidently inspired the royal couple’s car purchases; they now own the only non-British car in the entire Royal fleet – an Audi R8 supercar.
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"Super-fast and with great handling, it offers an unparalleled driving experience that’s ideal for cruising in after a long day of royal duties!”
Kate owned her blue Volkswagen Golf, with a 1.4-litre petrol model, for over half a decade.
It comes after it was reported Kate's childhood home has soared in its price and is now worth 21 times more than its original value.
Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton bought the property for £34,700 in 1979 and now the property is worth £748,000.
When Kate was 13, they sold the home in 1995 for £158,000, generating a huge profit from the original sale, and the family relocated to a large detached house.
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