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‘Kate resembles Queen!’ Duchess ‘rising above drama’ to play significant Royal Family role

Kate Middleton is 'Queen Bee' says royal insider

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Over the last year, the Duchess of Cambridge has been praised for “stepping up”, and has taken on additional responsibilities amid the Queen’s health concerns and the decreasing numbers of working royals. In 2021, Kate undertook a number of solo visits across the country and also participated in engagements alongside other members of the Royal Family including Prince William, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Cele Otnes, co-author of Royal Fever and an expert on the branding of the Royal Family claims that Kate adopts a similar approach to the Queen when it comes to royal duties.

Ms Otnes explained that Kate also plays a significant role in the Firm, and will continue to do so long-term.

She told Express.co.uk: “I think Kate will play and is already playing a significant role in the monarchy.

“I think Kate resembles the Queen in her ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ approach to her duties.“

Ms Otnes may be referring to the Queen’s return to duties following the death of her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, whom the monarch famously described as her “strength and stay” died in April aged 99.

The 95-year-old monarch was spotted sitting alone at his funeral in order to abide by Covid restrictions in place at the time.

The Queen then returned to royal duties just four days after his death, when she held a ceremony for the retirement of her household’s most senior official, the Lord Chamberlain.

Cele also commented on other events that impacted the Royal Family throughout 2021, noting that William and Kate, whom she says give off a “stable and wholesome brand persona”, were not involved in them.

Last year, the Royal Family were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic meaning royal engagements and traditional gatherings, particularly over the festive season, could not go ahead as planned.

Analysis by Canadian researcher Patricia Treble shows the Duchess of Cambridge carried out 115 engagements in 2021, while her husband Prince William undertook 227, both totals considerably fewer than those from two years prior.

Also, 2021 saw the departure of Meghan and Harry as working royals, and Prince Andrew also stepped away from duties amid his ongoing civil case with Virginia Giuffre.

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Ms Otnes, a retired professor of marketing, added that Kate has “risen above” the incidents, and instead plays a significant role in presenting the Firm as a “stabilising force”.

She says: “Obviously, there has been a lot of drama in the monarchy, and Kate seems to have risen above it – helping to dilute the metaphor of the monarchy as soap opera and to hone the metaphor of the monarchy as stabilising force.”

Today the Duchess celebrates her 40th birthday and has become well adjusted to life as a member of the Firm.

For almost a decade, she has focused her attention on how early childhood can impact individuals in later life.

Last year, she launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which aims to increase awareness and action on the impact of the early years.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail’s royal editor, commented on the work noting that it will be a long-term project for Kate that will continue when her husband William ascends the throne.

She said: “She wanted to learn about her craft, she wanted to become more confident with public speaking and this convening power that she has been given.

“This is not a flash in a pan; this is her future and what she will continue doing as Princess of Wales and, eventually, when she becomes Queen.”

Also more recently, Kate hosted a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey in December.

At the festive event, Kate treated guests to a musical performance by playing the piano while musician Tom Walker sang.

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