Kate Middleton and Prince William just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. And as the future king and queen consort of Britain, royal fans are rooting for the couple. But before they tied the knot in 2011, Middleton reportedly had to attend briefings to ensure that her marriage to Prince William would work out.
Kate Middleton Met With Queen Elizabeth’s Ladies-In-Waiting, Private Secretaries Before Her Wedding
“People wanted it to work and everyone has been rewarded with the couple’s efforts,” the source said.
The source also claimed that the Queen was overjoyed when she found out that Prince William and Middleton would finally tie the knot. After all, the couple’s wedding meant that the line of succession was secured.
“Hearing from the Queen that you're doing a really good job, along with getting support from your husband you grow in confidence,” the source said.
Kate Middleton And Queen Elizabeth Are Blessed To Have Their Spouses
Even though the Queen and Middleton are different from each other, they also share some similarities that seem to make them bonded for life. After all, both women possess quiet stoicism, unerring discretion, and firm loyalty.
They were also blessed to have supportive partners. The Queen previously called her late husband, Prince Philip, her “strength and stay.” And Middleton is married to Prince William, which means she’s in good hands.
The Queen has also been instrumental in preparing Middleton for her future role as queen consort. After all, Her Majesty is one of the many people who has been training the Duchess of Cambridge.
Of course, the many years that she has spent as a senior working royal also helped prepare Middleton for the important job ahead.
According to the Queen’s biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, Middleton also learned the ropes by observing.
“She knows what resonates. She will have absorbed a lot from this Queen,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth Always Adored Kate Middleton, Broke Protocol For Duchess
According to royal author Katie Nicholl, the Queen has always adored Middleton. In fact, she even abandoned an important royal protocol during one of their first meetings.
Years ago, the Queen allowed Middleton to bring her camera to Balmoral so that she could take photos of the Scottish estate and its surrounding grounds. At the time, Middleton was just Prince William’s girlfriend.
“Until now, the Queen had met Kate only fleetingly at the wedding of Peter and Autumn Philips, but she went out of her way to make her feel welcome, giving her permission to take pictures at Balmoral,” Nicholl said in Kate: The Future Queen (via InStyle).
Nicholl also said that the Queen rarely lets her guard down, but she immediately did so with the Duchess of Cambridge.
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