Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William in April 2011, however her introduction to the queen got here three years prior at William’s cousin Peter Phillips’ wedding ceremony to now-ex-wife Autumn Kelly. At the time, the monarch was “very friendly” towards the now-duchess.
“She was very welcoming,” the Duke of Cambridge stated throughout a post-engagement interview alongside his soon-to-be bride. “She knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn, [but] she had wanted to meet Kate for a while, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello. We had a little chat and got on very well.”
As she grew extra comfy in her senior royal position, Kate became a positive presence for her grandmother-in-law. “More than anything, knowing she can rely on Kate and [William] to handle matters in her absence is the greatest comfort she could ask for,” a supply instructed Us Weekly completely in August 2020, noting that Kate was a “rock” for the queen throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Her Majesty sees the Cambridges as the future of the monarchy and trusts Kate and William’s judgment implicitly,” the supply defined at the time. “Kate asks for advice about speeches she’s due to make, whom she can depend on most within the palace and protocol dos and don’ts. The queen’s more than happy to impart her wisdom — she’s proud to be Catherine’s go-to adviser about royal life.”
While the Duchess of Cambridge admired Elizabeth’s continued poise all through her decades-long reign, she won’t be afraid to mix things up when she and William ultimately discover their locations on the throne.
“Kate has flourished into a queen in waiting in front of everyone’s eyes,” a second insider revealed in November 2020. “Kate may change some of the outdated royal rules when she becomes queen [consort].”
Not solely was Elizabeth a trusted advisor to each Kate and William till she died at the age of 96 in September 2022, but additionally a loving great-grandmother to their three kids: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. While she could seem critical on the exterior, the queen has a playful aspect too, which Kate hinted at throughout a January 2019 go to to Islington in London.
When a teen requested the duchess if the queen enjoys consuming pizza, Kate replied, “You know, that’s such a good question. I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her, shall I ask?”
The Duchess of Cambridge mourned the queen in September 2022. The monarch died at age 96 at her Balmoral property in Scotland and was buried in Windsor together with her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.
“And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredible grateful,” Prince William stated, partially, in an announcement previous to the funeral. “I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had 20 years of her guidance and support.”
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