KATE MIDDLETON, 37, married into the Royal Family in 2011. She had been with Prince William almost 10 years before their wedding day. When she was invited to the Queen’s Scottish abode, Balmoral, she broke protocol and saw the “real Elizabeth”, a writer has revealed.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton and the Queen, 93, are relatives by marriage.
Many have pondered over what the relationship between the two women may be like.
While the Queen is a very powerful woman as the Monarch, Kate too is rather important.
She is the mother of the future King of Britain, and will one day be Queen consort as the wife of Prince William when he becomes King.
A body language expert has previously told Express.co.uk that the Queen and Kate Middleton are friends.
Judi James claimed the Queen finds her granddaughter-in-law entertaining.
She said: “Kate was always a slow but steady integrator into the royal firm and her slightly traditional approach, making very few if any ripples in continuity, does seem to have resonated with the Queen, who increasingly appears to treat her as a friend as well as a daughter-in-law.
“Like the Queen, Kate is an adept ‘masker’, using body language techniques that appear to keep her inner feelings hidden.
“Both women have perfected a social smile and non-verbal traits that ideal for the job they do but without encouraging any frenzied interest from the public. You rarely if ever see either woman look anything other than pitch-perfect so we assume their lives are, too.”
And now it appears that this close relationship may have started early.
A royal expert and author has told how the Queen made a touching adjustment to royal protocol for Kate when she first visited Balmoral as William’s girlfriend.
Her Majesty hardly knew young Kate, but knew how to make her feel at home.
The Queen allowed Kate to indulge in one of her favourite hobbies on the grounds of one of her favourite royal homes, something that would normally be forbidden on the grounds.
Katie Nicholls wrote in “Kate: The Future Queen”: “Until now the Queen had met Kate only fleetingly at the wedding of Peter and Autumn Phillips, but she went out of her way to make her feel welcome, giving her permission to take pictures at Balmoral”.
“As a woman who has lived her entire life in the public eye, the Queen rarely lets her guard down, and very few apart from her family and closest friends get to see the real Elizabeth.”
Balmoral is the Queen’s holiday home. The residence is a stunning private property owned by the Royal Family.
The country house was typical of the Victorian era, although it does feature some turrets, befitting a royal abode.
It was purchased by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1852.
Balmoral is in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near the village of Crathie.
Will Kate be forced to move out of Kensington Palace after huge William shake up?
An expert predicts William will move into Buckingham Palace, where his grandmother once lived. He said: “When William (eventually?) becomes King, I’d be astonished if he didn’t move into Buckingham Palace and use Balmoral and Sandringham too, as it’s the expected thing now.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
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