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Will Kate Middleton Be Called Queen When Prince William Becomes King?

Prince William and Kate Middleton have their hands full with their three children, but another major responsibility is looming in the not-so-distant future. Prince William is next in line to the throne, after his father, Prince Charles. Over the past few years, he has steadily been preparing to take on the challenge of ruling a country.

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Kate Middleton has also been shouldering some of the burden, and royal watchers note that Middleton has even been taking solo engagements with Queen Elizabeth II, a sure sign that the big day will be sooner than later. When that day comes, will Middleton simply be called “queen” even though that won’t be her full official title? The public may have the final say.

Kate Middleton is one of the most beloved royals

Queen of hearts! ♥️ #KateMiddleton pic.twitter.com/tQRP0CX1Fw

— katecambridge24 (@JulsP24) August 18, 2019

Kate Middleton has been in the public eye for over 15 years. She started dating Prince William when they were both still in college, and even though their relationship had its ups and downs, the two have remained committed to each other. In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Their beautiful wedding ceremony was one of the most-watched events of the year, and people couldn’t wait to see what the future would hold for the young couple.

Kate Middleton has remained incredibly popular with the public all throughout the years, consistently topping the charts as one of the most-liked members of the royal family. In fact, in a recent poll, Middleton ranked as the fourth most popular royal, following Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, and Prince William. Therefore, it’s no great surprise that the British public is excited for Middleton to stand by Prince William’s side when he is crowned king.

What will Kate Middleton be called when Prince William is king?

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Although Middleton is from an upper-class family, she is not of royal lineage. Currently, while Middleton has a whole host of titles to choose from, she is commonly referred to as the Duchess of Cambridge. When Prince William becomes king, her title will change to that of queen consort.

Still, due to Middleton’s staggering popularity with the public and press, it is very likely that her title will be altered somewhat by the public, with royal fans referring to her as “Queen Kate” or something of the sort.

When could Prince William become king?

Our future Queen today attending a Church service at Balmoral #DuchessOfCambridge #KateMiddleton #TheCambridges pic.twitter.com/7O7ZBYYqKO

— Royal Family (@Royal_FamilyUK) August 25, 2019

Of course, there is no real timeline on when Prince William is likely to become king. Queen Elizabeth II is still ruling quite well and is showing no signs of ill health. Still, the monarch is 93 years old and no one lives forever. In time, her eldest son, Prince Charles, will assume the throne, and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will become queen consort.

As a caveat to that, when he is crowned, Prince Charles would become the oldest British monarch ever crowned, in addition to already holding the distinction of being the longest heir apparent ever to serve. While there is some speculation about Queen Elizabeth II passing over her son and handing the throne to Prince William, it is mostly idle chatter – there is no real indication that the queen would ignore tradition in this instance.

Prince William will take the throne at some point, with Kate Middleton at his side as “Queen Kate” or something similar the public finds fitting. There’s no doubt Middleton will be one of the most popular queen consorts of all time, and if her popularity continues over the next decade, the coronation ceremony will be truly incredible.

Why Kate Middleton Will Never Be “Queen”

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Meghan Markle is having one hell of a run following her massive royal wedding and the announcement of her royal baby. Though she seems to have it all, there’s one thing her sister-in-law Kate Middleton will get that Meghan never will: The title of Queen.

Well, sort of.

You see, royal titles are a seriously murky business. Don’t believe us? Just read up on how insanely complicated the relationship between a Duke and Prince really is, along with being a Duchess or Princess.

For Meghan, things won’t ever really get complicated. She gained the title of Duchess on her wedding day and that’s as far as it will ever likely go (unless, of course, William and all of his children choose to abdicate the throne).
But, for Kate, things will likely change. You see, right now her title in the United Kingdom is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. However, when she’s in Scotland, she goes by the title the Countess of Strathearn. And, while visiting Northern Ireland she is known by a third title, Lady Carrickfergus. (Full disclosure: If I were Kate I’d absolutely go by Lady Carrickfergus everywhere I went.)

However, when William eventually takes over the throne — which won’t be for some time as the Queen is still going strong and Prince Charles is next in line — Kate will get yet another new name. But it won’t be Queen. Instead, it will be Queen Consort.

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As Town&Country explained, Kate will be known all over the world as Queen Catherine. However, Marlene Koenig, royal expert and author of the blog Royal Musings, her official title will be Queen consort. That is because she wasn’t born into the family but rather, she married into it. Only women born into the royal family, such as Kate’s daughter Charlotte, can ever be a Queen.

As the Queen Consort, Kate will continue to support her husband and all of his duties. She will still make regular appearances around the world and continue to serve as patron for her many beloved charities.

Oh, and according to Koenig, Kate could have one more title change in her life, if she outlives her husband.

“When George is King (if Catherine is still alive), she can choose to be styled as HM Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother,” Koenig explained. Though, hopefully, this will still be a long, long time away.

KATE Middleton is one of the most popular members of the Royal Family – but she didn’t always have the Queen’s full approval.

Before Prince William popped the question to his university sweetheart the Queen is said to have had a few concerns – mainly over Kate’s lack of a job.

5 The Queen is said to have had concerns over Kate not having a job before she married Prince WilliamCredit: Getty – Contributor

According to 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl the Queen wanted Prince William to hold back on proposing to Kate until she had established a career.

Katie wrote: “Privately she had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.

“She is one of the hardest working royals, despite her age, and that a future member of the royal family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her.”

A source told the royal guru: “Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.”

5 The couple met at St Andrews university, where he studied geography and she was doing a history of art degreeCredit: Handout – Getty 5 After university, Kate went on to work for Jigsaw and the family’s business, Party PiecesCredit: Rex Features

After meeting at St Andrews, Prince William and Kate dated for a number of years after their studies.

Kate went on to do some work for fashion house Jigsaw and with her family’s business, Party Pieces, whereas Prince William followed a military career.

The Queen is said to have advised Kate to get involved with some charities and the duchess started working for Starlight, which helps terminally ill children.

In 2007, the couple did briefly split but reunited shortly after and married in 2011.

Camilla Parker-Bowles is also said to have wanted Prince Charles’ eldest son to break up with “pretty but dim” Kate, partly because of her “lowly” roots.

5 Kate after her brief split from Prince William in 2007Credit: Rex Features 5 The couple announced their engagement in 2010 and tied the knot in April 2011Credit: Reuters

Speaking about their mutually agreed break-up in their engagement interview the couple admitted it was for the best.

William said: “We were both very young, it was at university and we were both finding ourselves and being different characters and stuff.

“It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.”

The couple have now welcomed Prince George, five, Prince Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, seven months.

The family live in the plush Apartment 1A residence at Kensington Palace which has a gym, grand piano and lift to the staff quarters.


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Will Kate Middleton really be a queen when William is king?

Kate Middleton is no stranger to titles. When she married Prince William in 2011, she became a princess, although she is formally styled as Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge. Fun fact: A duchess is actually a higher rank than a princess (via Express). Also, in Scotland, she is known as Countess of Strathearn, and in Northern Island, she bears the title Lady Carrickfergus. And in what is likely recognition of her work as a member of the royal family, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is the highest rank in the Order and the equivalent of a Knight. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was also named a Dame Grand Cross back in 2012 (via Daily Mail).

So when Prince William becomes king, we’d all just assumed that Kate Middleton, who was born a commoner, would automatically be named queen, but that’s not the case. Kate will inherit a slightly different title from her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II; instead of being known as queen, she will most likely be named queen consort, where she will be expected to support her husband. The title of queen consort was last held by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother while she was married to King George VI (via Independent and Town and Country).

Royal family fans are the type of people who want to get their bases covered. Thus, they’ve already thought of what Prince Charles’ regnal name might be once he succeeds Queen Elizabeth II. In fact, they’ve even contemplated on whether or not Prince William might opt to retain his name once he succeeds his father.

And here’s something that’s even stretching the realm of advanced thinking by quite a bit. Somebody already thought of the possibility that William might pass away ahead of his wife, Kate Middleton, and how it may affect her royal title.

A royal family fan posted the question “If Queen Catherine survives King William, will she then be known as ‘The King Mother’ after Prince George ascends the throne?” on Quora to get input from like-minded users of the question-and-answer website. Interestingly, the question garnered a lot of responses, which goes to show that the question has been on the minds of other fans as well.

But fans were quick to notice the rather awkward title “The King Mother” used in the query. “No. There’s no such title,” Quora user Eileen Wood explained.

And “The Queen Mother” won’t cut it either. “If she outlives William, she will become ‘Her Majesty Queen Catherine,’” Wood said. “There’s no reason for her to be called ‘The Queen Mother,’” she added.

But there’s actually a proper title for a widow of a king. “No, as noted by other posters the proper title of the widow of the King is Dowager Queen,” another Quora user, Seren Verch Dafydd, explained. “The style for the Dowager Queen, is Her Majesty Queen Mary,” the user added.

However, there might be a few considerations as to why some queens would prefer not to be addressed as Dowager Queen. “As she was only 51 or so when her daughter became Queen, the elder lady felt ‘Dowager Queen’ sounded ‘too old,’” Wood wrote.

The “Queen Mother” title officially came to be because there were two Queen Elizabeth’s at the time of the current monarch’s coronation. “It was a unofficial title until 1952 when the title HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother was created for the mother of Elizabeth II to differentiate her from her daughter,” Quora user Dan Weinberg explained.

Thus, the Queen Mother title refers only to Elizabeth II’s mother. If Kate becomes a widow during William’s reign, she will simply be called Queen Catherine.

“Most former Queens Consort are just known as Queen,” Weinberg wrote. “It is like that if Catherine survives William and he has been King then she will be known as ‘Queen Catherine’. Technically, during William’s reign she will normally be referred to as HM The Queen.”

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The Queen bestows new title on Prince William amid royal changes

The Queen has granted Prince William a new title: Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The news was released on Saturday with a statement shared to the Royal Family’s official website as well as on its Twitter account.

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The prince also carries the titles of Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn, a title given to him on his wedding day in 2011. His wife, Kate Middleton, is known as the Countess of Strathearn.

The Queen has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the @churchscotland this year.
Find out more here ➡️ https://t.co/YaPU7FjUYU

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 25, 2020

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According to the family’s website, Her Majesty appoints a lord high commissioner to represent the sovereign at the General Assembly every year.

It’s part of the monarchy’s 313-year-old relationship with Scotland and its vow to maintain the Church of Scotland and “preserve the settlement of the true Protestant religion,” the statement reads.

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As part of the Duke of Cambridge’s duties as commissioner, he is required to make opening and closing addresses at the General Assembly and report to the Queen, his grandmother, on its proceedings.

He also is allowed to reside at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and receives a guard of honour, a 21-gun salute and keys to the City of Edinburgh. He will also invite guests to stay at the palace.

During this time, William will observe debates and carry out engagements that align with the work of charities and the church.

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The announcement comes just after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were stripped of their royal titles. The couple, who retain their duke and duchess status, will no longer be referred to as His and Her Royal Highness.

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At the same time, they also said they would no longer receive public funds and would repay the millions of taxpayer dollars used to renovate their Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage.

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

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Kate Middleton gets a new title from the Queen and it’s very impressive

Kate Middleton gets a new title from the Queen and it’s very impressive.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, celebrated their eighth anniversary yesterday and a rather special announcement was shared on the same day.

Queen Elizabeth bestowed Kate with Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order (GCVO) for her work over the years as a member of the royal family.

A statement issued on the Royal Family’s official website read:

“The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. To be a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) – HRH The Duchess of Cambridge”.

Kate Middleton is a patron of a number of charities including Action for Children, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, National Portrait Gallery, National History Museum and the Nursing Now campaign among others.

The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. https://t.co/34sJOY8WYt

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 29, 2019

The Queen also gifted Camilla Parker-Bowles with the same title in 2012, on the day of her and Charles’ seventh wedding anniversary so it appears to be something of a tradition.

As fans of Kate Middleton and Prince William will know, the couple were married in Westminister Abbey on 29 April 2011 and the ceremony was televised, with people all over the world tuning in to see the big moment.

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The report comes after Harry and Meghan made a bombshell announcement earlier this month that they would no longer be senior members of the royal family.

The 35-year-old discussed their departure during a speech at a private fundraiser for his charity Sentebale at The Ivy Chelsea Garden in London.

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks. So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective,” Harry began.

“For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly.

“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”


The Duke went on to say that despite wanting to continue serving the Queen without public funding, it became apparent such a position was not going to be possible.

He added: “I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.


“I was born into this life, and it is a great honour to serve my country and the queen. When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing.

“You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.”

Prince William, Kate Middleton Becoming King And Queen In $1 Billion Coronation In 2020?

(In Touch)

Prince William and Kate Middleton have not been named the next king and queen of England by Queen Elizabeth. Once again, Gossip Cop is forced to correct another vacation of this ongoing storyline. The tabloid reporting it is wrong.

An article in In Touch is alleging that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t think her son and heir, Prince Charles, is right for the job of regent. According to the bogus report, she recently held a family meeting and announced her grandson, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will become the next king and queen of the United Kingdom. This is an ongoing false narrative that Gossip Cop has repeatedly busted.

In the latest article, the tabloid quotes what it describes as a “palace insider” as saying, “The queen deemed it better that William and Kate take the throne.” This almost certainly phony “palace insider” goes on to say, “To put it frankly, she doubted whether possessed the right personality traits to take on the crown. It’s important to the queen for her successor to be popular.” The biggest problem here, as any true palace insider would certainly understand, is that the queen doesn’t have the power to change the line of succession.

There are a number of laws regarding succession in the U.K. and all of them come from Parliament – not the figurehead living in Buckingham Palace. As popular as Queen Elizabeth is, she is not all-powerful. She doesn’t have the authority to name the next king or queen. Prince Charles will succeed her, unless for some reason he steps down or dies before her. Only then would Prince William become the heir apparent. In Touch should know this, as Gossip Cop busted the publication last year for making the same false claim.

Even more audaciously, the tabloid asserts that there will be a huge coronation for Prince William. The bogus source says, “There will be a $1 billion televised coronation at Westminster Abbey this summer.” So, not only is the outlet wrongly purporting Prince William will become king, but it’ll be summer 2020. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have both announced that the queen has no plans to step aside and retire. Unless the tabloid is predicting the queen’s death, then there are no plans for a coronation at this time. And if there were, Prince Charles would be named king during it. Meanwhile, the tabloid’s phony report last year predicted a “$500 million coronation.” Either the cost has doubled in 13 months, or, more likely, the entire story is made up.

In Touch has a notoriously poor track record when it comes to the royal family. In March, the tabloid made up a story about Middleton being pregnant with baby number four. That completely fake story also claimed to quote a palace insider. Nine months and four days after the tabloid published that nonsense, it’s safe to say Middleton wasn’t pregnant.

How likely it is that Prince William will see the throne

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The world may be abuzz with the latest looks Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are rocking, but there are other royal questions to which you might be looking for answers.

Like, how possible it is that Prince William will become the King of England? The answer is fairly straightforward, but there’s a little more to it than you might think.

Here’s a quick explainer on the next few people in line to take the throne after Queen Elizabeth II

Determining the next in line for the throne means following the rules

Prince Charles is first in line for the throne. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

There are two ways for a royal to make it to the throne. According to Buckingham Palace, succession to the throne is determined by ancestry and laws put into place by the British government.

Parliamentary statutes dictate that succession to the British throne is influenced by the following factors: descent, legitimacy, religion, and sex for anyone born after October 28, 2011.

The original law stated that the first-born son would take precedence over other children. The new succession law means that heirs to the throne — both male and female — will be determined by the order in which they are born.

This means that girls, like Princess Charlotte, may now be considered for the throne in the future.

When Queen Elizabeth II steps down or dies, Prince Charles — not William — will be seated to the throne first. Charles is Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, which is why he’s first in line following the queen.

Prince William will have to wait his turn to become the King of England

Prince George follows in line after Prince William. Handout/Getty Images

“When the queen dies, Prince Charles will automatically become king,” Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at the University College London, told Insider. “So during William’s lifetime, he will almost certainly see his father become king. Only if Charles dies before the queen would William become king when the queen dies.”

This means that if Prince William becomes the King of England, Middleton will become the Queen of England. The royal couple married on April 29, 2011, in an elaborate ceremony in front of 1,900 people at Westminster Abbey.

“When William becomes king, Kate will become queen,” Hazell said. “There is nothing to prevent William becoming king, other than his own premature death.”

Next up in line? It’s not Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex will most likely never see the throne in his lifetime, as he’s behind Prince William and Middleton’s children, according to the line of succession determined by Buckingham Palace.

After Prince William, he and Middleton’s eldest son Prince George is next in line for the royal throne.

“If William were to die before Charles, then on the death of Charles, Prince George would become king,” Hazell said. Charlotte and Louis follow George in the line of succession.

Only after William and Middleton’s children are ineligible to take the throne would Prince Harry be able to become the King of England.

What will Kate Middleton’s title be when William is king?

Kate Middleton grew up a “commoner” and married into the royal family in April 2011 when she and Prince William tied the knot in Westminster Abbey in London. Upon marrying, Prince William and Kate’s titles became “His and Her Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” with “Kate” formally going by “Catherine.” Interestingly, Southern Living reports, she has two other titles depending on where she is within the United Kingdom: When Duchess Kate is in Scotland, she’s referred to as Countess of Strathearn; when she visits Northern Ireland her title is — wait for it — Lady Carrickfergus. Really. Additionally, because Kate married into royalty instead of being born into it like William, her title will always come after her name, i.e., “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge” as opposed to “Duchess Catherine.”

The royal line of succession is clearly defined: After Queen Elizabeth II retires from royal life, Prince Charles will become King. Prince William is next in line (followed by his and Kate’s sons, then Prince Harry). When Prince William becomes King, however, what does it all mean for Kate Middleton?

Once Wills ascends to the throne, that doesn’t mean Kate will automatically become Queen. Her official title will be, according to The Independent, “Queen Consort;” Good Housekeeping reports that her full title in its entirety will be “Her Royal Majesty Queen Consort Catherine VI.” This “Consort” designation is given to the wife of a ruling male sovereign, as opposed to a woman born into royalty. As with many Draconian royal traditions, this does not usually apply to men who marry sovereign female monarchs (like Queen Elizabeth II, who is technically a “Queen Regnant”), as their titles usually remain the same (as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s did). The single exception was when Prince Albert was named Prince Consort in 1857 after Queen Victoria had reigned for two decades. If Kate outlives William, she may also be eligible for the title of “Her Majesty, Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother.”

Before Prince William and Kate become King and Queen consort, however, Good Housekeeping reports that Prince Charles will likely bestow his title onto William, making William the new Prince of Wales; Kate would likely then become Catherine, Princess of Wales — though she may decline the title, much like Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, chooses to do out of respect for the late Princess Diana. Royal expert Robert Jobson explained to The Daily Star, “If William is given the title by his dad when Charles is king, Kate will be Princess of Wales … simple as that. The reason Camilla didn’t take the title is exceptional, she was Charles’ mistress. Camilla chose to use one of Charles’ other titles hence she is ‘ The Duchess of Cornwall’ in England and Wales. Should Camilla want to be styled ‘ The Princess of Wales,’ she could be.”

In terms of Kate’s title, nothing will really change in terms of her royal duties. Southern Living reports that her workload, such as it is, will remain much the same: She’ll be a patron for charities of her and William’s choosing, make public appearances, and support William in his own endeavors. One of Kate’s jobs, bestowed upon her by the current Queen herself, is patron of the Royal Photographic Society, which was announced in June 2019. Queen Elizabeth II held the role, which promotes the “art and science of photography,” for 67 years before passing the baton to her granddaughter-in-law. The Duchess of Cambridge (and soon to be Queen Consort) places a special focus on charities for early childhood education and mental health, as well as athletics and outdoor activities for kids.

Jobson explained that literally no matter what poor Kate does, her title is entirely dependent on her husband William and father-in-law Prince Charles’ actions, noting that William will only become Prince of Wales if Charles bestows the title upon him. “There is nothing automatic about it. Just 21 men have held that coveted rank in history. Charles is the latest having been made it at 10. The title ‘Prince of Wales’ is one of the great continuities of English and Welsh and, latterly, British, history.” He added that the title is “not heritable” and is seen as a “great honor.”

Despite all of that, chances are Kate will be known as “Kate Middleton,” especially stateside, for a very long time. Boston University professor Arianne Chernock explained to Vanity Fair, “It doesn’t hurt her that the American press especially refers to her as Kate Middleton. It’s precisely her middle-class origins, and that name, which won her over to so many people in the first place. So that reminder can only help her.”

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Kate Middleton Is Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Number 1 Priority’ When It Comes to the Future of the Monarchy

Kate Middleton is focusing on the future following her recent birthday. The Duchess of Cambridge turned 38 years old on January 9, but inching closer to 40 is probably the last thing on her mind. Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Kate is reportedly Queen Elizabeth’s number one priority when it comes to the future of the monarchy.

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth | Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Inside Kate Middleton’s transformation

Kate has come a long way since she started dating Prince William in the early 2000s. The couple tied the knot in 2011 and now share three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Although Kate has experienced some rough patches along the way, royal experts believe that she has done a wonderful job winning over public opinion. In her book, Royal Romances, author Leslie Carroll argued that Kate Middleton has matured into a “polished and poised” member of the royal family.

“She grew into the role of the royal bride, having been William’s girlfriend for nearly a decade,” she wrote. “Now that she has been a duchess for nearly the same amount of time, we’ve gotten a good look at who she is as a royal and what’s important.”

William is currently second in line to the throne and will someday become the King of the United Kingdom. When that happens, Kate Middleton will most likely take on the title of Queen Consort.

Kate will never be referred to as Queen because she was not born into the royal family. But she will share similar duties as Prince Philip, who is Queen Elizabeth’s consort (and husband). She might not have the same authority as William, but her role in the monarchy will be very important.

Duchess Catherine and Queen Elizabeth grow close

Kate’s transformation has partly been aided by the arrival of Meghan, who exchanged vows with Harry in 2018. Although Meghan and Kate do not share a lot in common, they have helped each other define specific roles for their families.

As a result, royal experts claim that Kate Middleton has appeared much more confident in public engagements. She has also done an amazing job handling the press and has avoided sparking a bunch of scandals – which is easier said than done.

While Kate has matured over the years, royal expert Neil Sean argues that Queen Elizabeth has played a huge part in mentoring her. According to Fox News, Sean revealed that Kate is officially Queen Elizabeth’s top priority as the monarchy enters the new decade.

“A… notable feature within the last year is closeness to… the queen,” Sean shared. “… A courtier told me that ‘Kate is the queen’s number one priority as she knows it will be her who the real monarchy will fall onto in the future.’”

That said, Kate Middleton’s development is far from over. Over the next few years, experts believe that Kate will begin to take on more responsibility in the family — which means adding more royal engagements to her schedule.

Queen Elizabeth wishes Kate Middleton happy birthday

Taking to her official Twitter account, Queen Elizabeth recently wished Kate a happy birthday. She also shared some sweet photos of her and Kate from previous royal engagements, which proves yet again how close they have grown.

“Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday!” she wrote alongside the post.

Her Majesty also included a link to her main website, which gives a detailed account of Kate Middleton’s duties as a senior member of the royal family. This includes Kate’s work with her Heads Together project and Early Years initiative.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles also wished happy birthday to Kate this week. The pair posted a photo collage of Kate with the tweet, writing, “Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday.”

Fans, of course, also got in of the fun and showed their support for Kate in a big way.

Will the Duchess of Cambridge have more children?

With Kate Middleton and Prince William being the future of the monarchy, there has been a lot of talk about her having another child in 2020. Although nothing official has been confirmed, Kate reportedly admitted that expanding the family is not off the table.

“… She has always quietly stated she would have loved two boys and two girls,” Carroll explained. “She has achieved so much already, could 2020 be the year we see yet another royal pregnancy announcement?”

Kate had her third child, Louis, back in 2018, so the timing is perfect for her to have one more if she wants to go through with another pregnancy.

In the meantime, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are both getting back to their royal duties following the holiday season. The two have yet to announce anything major for 2020, but Carroll believes they will continue working on modernizing the monarchy while paying respect for its traditional values.

Kate Middleton has not commented on the rumors surrounding a fourth pregnancy.

Kate Middleton has been getting a lot of time in with Queen Elizabeth II lately. They’ve been spending the holiday at the royal matriarch’s home in Sandringham, and on Sunday the family kicked off the New Year by attending service at St. Mary Magdalena church on the estate. Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael, also joined for the outing, but what most royal fans noticed about the group was that both Middleton and the queen matched in elegant and put-together coordinating purple outfits. (The Duchess of Cambridge has been known to twin with other royals, including her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.)

Although they weren’t photographed together, a few images captured Middleton strolling into the service with Prince William. For the occasion she wore a high-collared wool coatdress in dark purple featuring an orange print. She paired the coat with dark brown Stuart Weitzman knee-high boots and a bright violet fedora with brown accents. Queen Elizabeth made her way to the church in a separate car, where photographers captured her in a regal purple hat with a matching purple suit that she accessorized with a sparkling brooch. Clearly, both Kate and Queen Elizabeth were inspired by the same color when they got ready in the morning.

Queen Elizabeth attends Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate.

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The royal children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—didn’t attend the service, but they’re also at Sandringham with their mom and dad. (Middleton and Prince William reportedly had a couple of surprises in store for them at Christmas and Prince George even had some cute baking time with his grandparents.) Apparently, the low-key family time has meant a lot to Kate: A source recently told Us Weekly that she’s really hoping for more of it in 2020 and, in particular, wants her kids to spend time with their cousin Archie. That might be a little hard since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are on the other side of the pond currently on vacation, but Kate still seems to be enjoying her time bonding with other members of the family. In addition to matching with the queen, she had an adorable twinning moment with Charlotte on Christmas Day.