The Duchess of Cambridge is considered a safe couple in the monarchy.
When Kate turns 40 this weekend, more than a decade after marrying into the royal family, outwardly she navigates her life with ease – despite the challenges the Windsors face.
Keep calm and carry on, the Duchess has been touted for embodying the same qualities of charm, courtesy and toughness as the Queen Mother once described as “a marshmallow on a welding machine”.
Unusually, key former aides have spoken as Kate approaches her milestone birthday, perhaps suggesting that the monarchy is becoming increasingly aware of the Duchess’s future role.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who was the private secretary of the Cambridge and Duke of Sussex and worked for the Queen Mother, told the Times, “She takes time to speak to people. She is tough. She has the feeling of the Queen Mother within her, so that she is there when something has to be done. ”
Kate is a future Princess of Wales and will one day, like the Queen Mother, become a consort of the Queen.
The queen, who was retired on medical orders in October, is only five years from her 100th birthday and one month from her platinum anniversary.
In what appears to be a changing monarchy, it has become the norm to watch the Queen from the Narrows of Windsor Castle with a video audience.
The former Duke of Cambridge University roommate has carefully crafted her charity work since marrying William in 2011 and becoming an HRH.
She has gradually and patiently evolved her role over the years, focused on mental health and early childhood years, and is known for meticulously researching the problems of the charities she works with.
In December she was the center of attention when she hosted a Christmas concert at Westminster Abbey to reflect on the “countless and previously unimaginable challenges” of the Covid crisis.
During the TV show, she gave a surprise performance to play the piano to accompany singer Tom Walker.
Kate and William faced personal challenges last year coping with the aftermath of Megxit and the Sussex bomb interview with Oprah.
The Duchess was publicly recognized by the Duchess of Sussex on the prime-time television show for allegedly making former Suits actress Meghan cry ahead of her wedding.
It was a disagreement over flower girl dresses and Meghan said the palace had failed to correct reports that said it had brought Kate into tears.
Kate, who remained silent about the allegations, was often praised for her level-headedness, her measured look and her lively, friendly manner.
Family life is sacrosanct for Kate, who is the mother of eight-year-old Prince George, six-year-old Princess Charlotte, and three-year-old Prince Louis.
She stays close to her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings Pippa Matthews and James Middleton, and had a happy family life.
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, to the Middletons.
She was baptized on June 20 of that year in St. Andrew’s Bradfield Parish Church, Berkshire.
Amman, Jordan, was the home of Kate and her family for a few years in the mid-1980s, attending kindergarten from the age of three before the family returned to Berkshire.
At 13, she went to the exclusive private Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she was part-retired.
In 2005 she graduated from St Andrews University with a 2: 1 in art history, where she met and began to meet William, whom she married in 2011 at Westminster Abbey.
She has been called “Waity Katie” for her patience during her lengthy publicity and was described by William as “having a really naughty sense of humor” in her engagement interview.
The Duchess is an avid photographer and usually takes the publicly published photos of her children on their birthdays – although the youngsters are not always that enthusiastic.
She joked, “Everyone says, ‘Mom, please stop taking pictures’.”
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