‘Perfectionist’ Kate has unexpected reaction to mishaps during royal engagements

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Kate has been described as a “perfectionist” when it comes to her royal work. However, behind closed doors she also has a “great sense of humour”, according to a former royal aide.

This allows her to be able to “giggle” if something goes wrong during an engagement, Rebecca Priestley – an adviser of Kate from 2011 to 2017, said.

The former aide told The Sunday Times magazine: “She has a great sense of humour.

“On a trip back from an engagement, she will giggle if something went wrong and sees the funny side of things and will often take the mick out of herself and William.

“People mainly see her professional side, but it doesn’t mean the fun’s not there.”

Kate has been spotted joking also during royal events.

Behind the scenes of last year’s Royal Variety Performance, Prince William and Kate were filmed chatting with some of the show’s attendees.

In the clip shared on Twitter, the Duke of Cambridge could be clearly heard clearing his throat and speaking with a hoarse voice during the exchange.

After the royal was offered a glass of water, Kate stepped into his conversation to crack a joke. 

Placing her hand on his shoulder, she told the other show’s attendees, referring to the possible cause of William’s hoarse voice: “It’s too much singing.”

A close friend also claimed the Duchess is more than keen on “acting silly” for her three beloved children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Speaking about Kate’s more relaxed side, they told the magazine: “She’s brilliant at dressing up and acting silly for the children, going into different characters.

“She adores her children, playing football and rounders and feeding the chickens and gardening with them.

“If she wasn’t who she was, she’d be a gardener or a photographer.”

Kate is known to be a keen amateur photographer and has been able to exploit her passion in favour of her patronages and important initiatives.

In January 2020, she portrayed two Holocaust survivors as she joined a project marking the 75th year since the liberation of Auschwitz.

The portraits became part of an exhibition unveiled last November at the Imperial War Museum.

In May 2020, she launched, with the support of the National Portrait Gallery, a nationwide photography contest called Hold Still, for which she invited people across the country to depict life in Britain during the first lockdown.

A panel of judges chose 100 finalists, which were included in a photography book.

The National Portrait Gallery is also set to receive the latest portraits of Kate shared with the public on Saturday ahead of her 40th birthday.

Taken by photographer Paolo Roversi, these portraits will be added to the gallery’s permanent collection when it reopens following refurbishment works in 2023.

They will be added to the already 16 portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge the gallery possesses.

Over the next months, the portraits will be part of the Coming Home exhibition, which sees several photographs being shown across the country in areas close to the subjects.

For this reason, Kate’s latest pictures will be exhibited in Berkshire, Anglesey and St Andrews.

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