Kate Middleton 'never lets down' says royal expert
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Kate joined the Royal Family a decade ago upon marrying Prince William. Over the past 10 years, she built a portfolio of charities and patronages and has set the basis for her legacy-making Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, launched in May.
Moreover, she has become an increasingly important player for the Firm, which between 2019 and 2020 lost three working royals.
However, her role is far from being fully defined, as royal commentator Camilla Tominey has warned Kate has yet to play a “pivotal role” in the monarchy “as both the wife and the mother of a future king”.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph’s weekly newsletter ‘Your Royal Appointment’, Ms Tominey added: “Yes, the Duchess of Cornwall will be the next Queen (on paper at least), but when it comes to ushering in 21st-century royalty, Kate will rule the waves.”
As the wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla is to become Queen Consort by law when Prince Charles accedes to the throne.
However, Clarence House said in early March last year the Duchess of Cornwall hadn’t changed her mind over using that title.
Prince Charles’s office first issued a statement regarding the Queen Consort title following his marriage with Camilla in 2005, saying she “intended” to “use the title HRH The Princess Consort” following the end of the Queen’s reign.
In March 2020, the office told the Daily Star: “The intention is for The Duchess to be known as Princess Consort when The Prince accedes to the throne.”
On the other hand, it is unlikely Kate will not take on the title of Queen Consort when the time for Prince William to become King comes.
The Cambridges are also expected to become Prince and Princess of Wales – albeit these titles are not inherited but assigned by the monarch, which means the decision will be in the hand of King Charles.
Ms Tominey’s praise came after Kate dazzled on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday evening.
The Duchess joined her husband, Charles and Camilla for the world premiere of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die.
The four royals met members of the film’s cast and production before the screening.
Among them, there was Daniel Craig, who following the 25th Bond film is leaving the role.
Shaking hands with the Duchess, the actor couldn’t help but compliment her.
He said: “You look jolly lovely.”
Kate donned a custom sparkling gold sequinned Jenny Packham cape gown, paired with gold earrings by Onitaa, which she had previously worn during her 2019 tour of Pakistan.
The dress appeared to be a nod to the outfit donned by Princess Diana in 1985, when she attended the premiere of the Bond film A View To A Kill.
The late royal wore for the special screening in Leicester Square a shimmering Bruce Oldfield gown with a deep V-neckline, architectural shoulders and a flowing train.
On her first glitzy royal outing in several months, Kate also styled her hair in a sophisticated up-do.
Camilla also added sparkles to the night as she opted for a pale blue corseted chiffon dress with silver embroidery by Bruce Oldfield.
On the other hand, Charles and William chose to wear black tuxedos.
On the following day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued to shine under the spotlight as they visited Derry-Londonderry for the first time, where they visited Ulster University’s Magee Campus and spoke to students and staff.
Later in the day, they also headed to City of Derry Rugby Club.
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