Kate’s very special bond with Queen laid bare as Duchess prepares to head up Firm

Kate Middleton has ‘beneficial’ approach says expert

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Kate has been hailed for the work she has carried out in recent months. The Duchess of Cambridge, who turned 40 on Sunday, has stepped up to the plate to complete engagements and appearances and generally uphold the image of the Royal Family.

In particular, amid the Covid pandemic, the future Queen Consort completed more duties than usual following the Queen’s health scare and due to a decrease in the number of working royals.

Prince Andrew stepped away from duties in 2019, while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the Firm to live in the US.

Claudia Joseph writes of Kate “taking up the Queen’s mantle during the pandemic” in a piece for the Daily Mail, and praises the royal for the work she has carried out over the past year including spearheading the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still project.

In her piece, Ms Joseph formed comparisons between the monarch and the future Queen Consort referring to them both as a “product of their generations”.

Ms Joseph also spoke of the close bond between the two, and their shared interests including photography, and their love of dogs.

She claims the Queen has been the “perfect mentor” for the Duchess and has been “quietly guiding her” in the decade she has spent in the spotlight.

She wrote: “She has also had the perfect mentor: the Queen, who has been quietly guiding her.

“They have grown closer since the Cambridges based themselves at Kensington Palace, which is within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, and they often catch up over afternoon tea.”

She claims as a result of this guidance, “it is not surprising that Kate is looking increasingly comfortable as a senior royal.”

Ms Joseph goes on to claim that Kate and Prince William, 39, “are modelling themselves on the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh”.

She nods to the comparison between the monarch and Kate owing to them both juggling motherhood, being a wife, and undertaking their duties.

She also points that the Queen juggled her role as head of state with being a wife and mother, something which Kate will have to do when her husband ascends the throne.

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Kate’s service to the Royal Family was recognised by the Queen when she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 2019.

Over the weekend, the Queen publicly marked Kate’s birthday by sharing a heartwarming message to mark the milestone.

The brief tweet read: “Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!”

The message was accompanied by a red balloon emoji and four sweet images, showing the Queen and Kate together during four different moments of their royal lives.

Two of the photos were taken during engagements carried out jointly by the monarch and the Duchess.

While another showed the pair on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour celebrations.

The final snap shows Kate and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, smiling as the Queen cuts a cake with a sword during an event in Cornwall last June.

The message was met with delight from royal watchers and came just hours after Kensington Palace released three new stunning portraits of the Duchess.

The photographs taken by Paolo Roversi, show Kate wearing Alexander McQueen gowns while wearing jewellery owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen.

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