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Carole Middleton’s private hideaway where she masterminded multi-million-pound business



The Princess of Wales’ mother, Carole Middleton, aged 68, is the proprietor of Party Pieces, a party supplies company that she may potentially step away from in the near future. Interestingly, while the business currently operates from a converted farmhouse office, it had humble beginnings. In an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, Carole reminisced about the company’s early days, revealing that she initially ran it from her garden shed. She stated, “My memories of those early days are very vivid. We worked out of a studio in the garden that was a glorified shed.”

Born Carole Goldsmith in London on January 31, 1955, the mother of the late Princess of Wales gained significant public attention in 2002. Interestingly, garden offices have become increasingly popular in recent years, a trend that was once unexpected. The family resided at West View in Cock Lane, Berkshire, for 16 years, living opposite the village green.

During their ownership of West View, Kate’s father Michael reportedly made significant improvements to the property, including converting one of the bedrooms into a bathroom and extending the kitchen, which would have increased the home’s value. After residing at West View, the family relocated to Oak Acre, also located in Berkshire. In 2012, Carole and Michael purchased Bucklebury Manor for £4.7 million, seeking more privacy once their daughter joined the royal family. The Party Pieces Instagram account has provided fans with a glimpse inside Carole’s current office, showcasing authentic barn features such as exposed wooden beams and high ceilings.

The property boasts ample outdoor space, allowing residents to fully appreciate the picturesque countryside views. The company’s offerings are poised to resonate strongly with Carole’s family, particularly her grandchildren, as the brand specializes in exceptional ranges tailored for children’s parties. In fact, this very concept served as the inspiration behind the business venture. The “About Us” section on the website sheds light on the company’s origins: “In 1987, Carole Middleton, a young mother at the time, was seeking inspiration for her daughter’s birthday party when she identified a gap in the market for time-constrained parents like herself, who desired to create imaginative parties for their children.”

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