Prince William, 36, is the second in line to the British throne, which means one day he will become king. And that is a moment that the young prince has been preparing for all his life. But his wife Kate Middleton, 36, started preparing for it when she entered the royal mix back in 2011. She herself will also have a much bigger role when William is Head of State. She will be known as the Queen consort, and to the world, she will be known and referred as Queen Catherine. The Duchess of Cambridge has already started taking on a bigger role in the royal family-recently being gifted the Royal Family Order by the Queen as a reward for her service.
Kate has been involved with a number of mental health charities, and just now is Kate realizing the power of her influence as her husband comes closer to the throne. Susan E. Kelley, owner, and editor of What Kate Wore told Vanity Fair: “A couple of years ago, you might have seen her being a little bit timid.
“Now, she seems like she’s in a more take-charge position. I’m beginning to see the person who’s going to be queen emerging.”
Kate returned from her maternity leave in October, six months after giving birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and it was quite the return. Kaitlin Menza, co-host of Royally Obsessed, added to Vanity Fair: “After that long break, she has certainly come back with a bang.
“I think that’s what she’s trying to convey: ‘I’m back, baby.’”
Catherine has always been able to pursue her own passions, picking all kinds of charities, mostly with some kind of work with children. That is quite understandable as she herself is the mother of three, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, seven months.
Last year, Kate was given the Royal Family Order. The Royal Family Order is a prestigious honor bestowed on female members of the Royal Family by the Queen as a reward for their service.
She first wore the order in December 2017, when she attended the Diplomatic Corps reception and then again last month when she attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. This gesture is a clear sign that Kate will also climb the royal ranks as the time her husband William’s reign draws nearer.
On Remembrance Day on Sunday, this year Kate had the honor of standing beside the Queen to watch the service from the balcony at the Cenotaph. She took the place of Prince Phillip, who stepped down from royal duties last year, Kate had the pleasure of standing alongside Her Majesty and Camilla Parker Bowles the Duchess of Cornwall on that balcony. Meanwhile, Meghan Markle watched the ceremony from a separated balcony from a window outside the Cenotaph war memorial. The Duchess of Sussex was joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s wife Elke Buedenbender.
At official events, the Royal Family arranges themselves according to a Royal “pecking order”, which is also why Meghan stood behind Kate and William at Trooping the Colour in June.