Kate Middleton wasn’t always the Duchess of Cambridge, one of the most recognizable women in the world.
At one time, she was an adorable 11-year-old student playing the part of Eliza Doolittle in her school’s production of My Fair Lady.
Video footage of the Duchess in the school play emerged this week thanks to the Daily Mail, and has quickly gone viral online. In the video Kate Middleton is seen putting on a fake Cockney accent and drawing laughter from the audience at certain points.
Though she may have grown up a bit, Kate Middleton hasn’t lost any of the charm she had on stage. She has brought a degree grace to the royal family and been noted for her easygoing nature with Prince William.
Mario Testino, who snapped the now-iconic engagement photo for Kate and William, noted how easily this charm came out on film.
“I waited a long time, an hour or two, to make that picture perfect, but I wasn’t totally satisfied,” he told Vogue magazine of the photo shoot. “Then, when I’d finished the shoot, they were about to leave and they suddenly hugged in front of a radiator. I took my camera and that was the picture that ran everywhere — it was spontaneous emotion…. You could see they were completely in love.”
Kate hasn’t lost her love of the performance, either. Last year Downton Abbey cast member Allen Leech said he met Prince William and was told the Royal Couple fell in love with the show after Prince George was born, and they now sit down together to watch every episode.
“Obviously he’s now got a lot of down time, so (Kate’s) gone, ‘I’m watching this and you’re watching it with me,'” Leech said of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
More photos and video of Kate Middleton as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady can be seen here.