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This April, it will be 10 years since Kate Middleton married Prince William and became an official member of the royal family – and OK! can reveal the Queen is likely to mark the anniversary in style.
In 2019, Her Majesty chose to celebrate eight years of the Duchess of Cambridge being part of The Firm by appointing her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
And chatting to OK!, royal expert Duncan Larcombe says: “It’s highly likely she’ll be planning a special secret something to honour Kate’s 10 years in the royal family – something she can do to mark it. Kate and the Queen have a fantastic relationship. Kate strikes that balance between bowing to her as head of the royal family in public but being able to check in with her as the great-grandmother to her children.”
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Like all families, the royals have found things difficult amid the pandemic. But Duncan reveals Kate and the Queen have stayed in close contact throughout –and it is believed it was Kate who taught Her Majesty how to use Zoom video calls.
“Kate has her own direct line to speak to the Queen and she calls her to check in on her and give her updates on the children,” he says. “She always leans on her for advice. It’s believed Kate was the one to teach the Queen how to use Zoom and that’s been lovely, so she can see her great-grandkids and stay connected.”
The Queen showed the depth of her bond with Kate earlier this month, sharing a touching photo of them together at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show to mark the Duchess’s 39th birthday.
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And Katie Nicholl, royal expert and author of Kate: The Future Queen, reveals it wasn’t just Kate who the Queen wanted to feel welcomed into the family, insisting she has shown the same warmth to all of the Middletons.
“The Queen knew how close not only Kate but William was to the Middletons and how important it was to keep them close, make them feel included,” she explains.
“Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael, have been invited to the monarch’s carriage parade at Ascot and they and sister Pippa joined the Thames boat pageant for the Diamond Jubilee. Those moments will have been carefully thought out to show how welcome the Middletons are. It will have meant so much to Kate and William.”
When Kate’s engagement to William was announced in 2010, it cemented a new and more modern era for the royal family. Kate was not from aristocracy or landed gentry – but Katie insists the Queen was happy for her grandson to marry for love.
She says: “I don’t think Kate’s background was ever an issue for the Queen. The only thing she would have cared about is Kate had the qualities to be a good queen. And from early on as a royal, she has shown that.
“She never complains, she’s devoted to her duties and she’s a fantastic partner for William. She makes William happy and she’s made him feel more positive about his future as a king –something he was previously daunted by.”
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