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Kate had Queen break royal protocol as Duchess of Cambridge granted rare privilege

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been one of the most prominent members of the Royal Family ever since she officially joined in 2011 with her marriage to Prince William. Much like other recent royal brides, the Duchess was not immediately involved in family events and had to wait a couple of years before being formally introduced to the Queen. But according to a royal expert, Kate was sure to have won her over after Her Majesty bent the protocol during her first visit to the Royal Family’s Scottish retreat in Balmoral.

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said: “As a woman who has lived her entire life in the public eye, the Queen rarely lets her guard down, and very few apart from her family and closest friends get to see the real Elizabeth.

“Now Kate was being granted an audience in a most intimate capacity.

“It was a generous move on the part of the Queen and an astute decision, given that the romance seemed to be very serious.”

In her book ‘Kate: The Future Queen,’ Ms Nicholl said Kate was quickly granted the rare privilege of taking pictures of the family during her visit to Scotland.

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Ms Nicholl added: “Until now the Queen had met Kate only fleetingly at the wedding of Peter and Autumn Phillips, but she went out of her way to make her feel welcome, giving her permission to take pictures at Balmoral.”

The Duchess of Cambridge is known to be a keen photographer and she has used her passion to take candid pictures of her family on special occasions.

Ever since Prince George was an infant, Kate has taken charge of taking all of her children’s birthday portraits. 

Prince William and Prince Charles have also featured in some of her snaps, which are believed to be a part of a planned strategy to stave off paparazzi’s attention from her family.

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During the first national lockdown in 2020, the Duchess joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery of which she is a patron to promote the ‘Hold Still’ project.

Britons were urged to share photographs capturing the essence of their experience during the pandemic, with their snaps later turning into a book for which Kate personally wrote the foreword.

The Duchess of Cambridge however is not the first member of the Royal Family to have incorporated her passion for photography in her royal work.

Royal historian Lucy Worsley noted Kate’s approach to the medium could be compared to her predecessor, Alexandra.

Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII, turned the Royal Family into a more approachable entity with her pictures showing its members in mundane settings.

Dr Worsley said: “Alexandra’s career as a photographer stimulated an appetite for pictures of monarchs off duty.

“But that appetite quickly became an expectation. She started off something that still continues to this day, which is a need for royal people to balance sharing their private lives with having something private for themselves.

“It’s something modern royals have had to wrestle with.”

She added: “Like her Edwardian predecessor, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge is a keen photographer, using the latest technology.

“But there’s ever greater pressure on her to provide images of her family lives. In recent years, she’s released photographs she took herself of life behind the scenes and posted them directly on Instagram.”

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