WHEN Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, not only did she sign up to be his wife, but also took on the HUGE responsibility of knowing she would become the UK's future Queen.
And while it might be a far way off, the Duchess of Cambridge is already training for her future role and has harnessed her impressive Queen-in- waiting credentials, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.
Speaking on the show True Royalty's Kate: The Making of a Future Queen, Katie explained there are two main roles Kate will face as Queen.
"One is to produce heirs, which she has done," she said, "and the other is to learn how to one day become Queen and that is very much what we are seeing."
Kate – the beacon of hope
Since the nation went into lockdown in March, everyone, including the Royals, were forced to self isolate.
While the Queen spent that time at Windsor Castle out of the public eye, Kate stepped into the spotlight, with her and Will regularly appearing in Zoom calls from their Norfolk home.
Kate has been taking on more royal duties of late including an increase in public appearances post lockdown.
As well as juggling life with a toddler and two kids who she was homeschooling, she's also appeared at numerous events in support of charities and organisations such as Baby Basics UK and Baby Banks – proving her ongoing support for struggling families.
Kate showed the world how dramatically life had changed for them despite being royal and it made her a beacon of hope throughout the coronavirus pandemic. No matter what she had on she made time to send video messages to the nation offering words of support and particularly supported the NHS and those who've struggled.
Katie explained: "We are seeing a Queen-in-waiting. We are seeing the Duchess take on more duties, more royal engagements, more of a public profile than ever before.
More royal responsibilities
"She's taking on more patronages, she's taking on patronages from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh."
Just this year, the Duchess spearheaded the Hold Still photo competition- a project documenting life in lockdown.
"This is all very deliberate, it's very much part of the Palace machine bringing her from the shadows of Anmer and into the forefront, into the spotlight, because they are very clever."
The royal expert continued to explain that the royal family "realise the power of Kate".
But they also see the "potential of Kate and William as this young, glamorous, dynamic duo"who can "reshape and project the monarchy into the future".
Speaking about her own experience of meeting the Duchess, Katie explains that she is very much "what you see is pretty much what you get."
And added: "She's very kind, she's very thoughtful, she's very easy to get along with.
"She's been very well brought up, she comes from a lovely family, she's got two feet on the ground.
"The people who know her are very loyal to her and they love her."
Prince William is second in line to the throne, after his father Prince Charles – which will make Kate, his wife, Queen Consort .
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