Kate Middleton has come a long way since becoming an official royal after her marriage to Prince William back in 2011. The beauty has gone through the process of learning the rules and ways of royalty, reining in her former party-girl reputation from the time of her pre-nuptials to finding her way through a “do-little” reputation to becoming a mother of two and advocating for social issues close to her heart.
Now there is proof for the public as to how regal the Duchess, who was born into a common family, has become. As the Daily Mail shares, Kate is even behaving more like royalty than the royals-by-birth are.
“Long gone are the days of hot pants, roller discos and see-through dresses. At the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month, the metamorphosis was complete, with Kate appearing in a long grey coat, demure hat, invisible tights and neat clutch bag — the picture of modest royal elegance.”
As a testament to Kate’s transition, not to mention as a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate can be seen in a documentary that makes it evident that her voice and accent is even more proper than her husband Prince William’s. The publication shares that Kate’s way of speaking “[now is] even plummier than William’s. While he has the Etonian modern accent, which has a touch of Estuary English to sound suitably ‘everyman’, Kate has chosen to adopt old-fashioned Received Pronunciation.”
Although it seems that Kate has been taking elocution lessons to adopt the proper pronunciation, this is not the case; although, the Duchess did in fact hire the services of a voice coach prior to her wedding to William. That coach was Anthony Gordon Lennox, who is an Old Etonian and nephew of the Duke of Richmond as well as a former producer of Question Time.
Lennox now teaches breathing techniques as well as voice control with the communications company he founded, AGL. Anthony coached the likes of Sebatian Coe, an Olympian, and helped Kate’s brother James through his speech at the Royal Wedding seeing as the 28-year-old struggles with dyslexia.
The publication shares just how important certain manners are when in the royal spotlight, and Kate has seemingly mastered them all.
“Even walking is an art when you are royal. Heavy-footed striding looks inelegant, while slouchy backs and lowered heads look unenthusiastic and proletariat. Sitting down is also more complicated than it is for commoners. No leaning against the back of the chair or using the armrests; all these things look a touch Wayne and Waynetta when photographed.”
Additionally, offering a site of a thigh or undergarments is a big royal no-no, and posing for pictures involves strict etiquette to be followed, as well. Mainly, a royal should never look “directly into cameras as it looks too keen. No Royal worth their salt should be seen eating canapés — too fiddly — and there should be no posing with a drink in hand.” Handshake technique, curtsying, waving, as well as the manner while getting in and out of cars, is of great importance.
“Kate’s curtseying, too, has been a learned art — a deep sweep for the Queen only, a little bob for others. Her waving has been modified to be more magisterial, from flappy at the wedding to more discreet, much like the Queen’s.”
What art has Kate not yet mastered? According to Middleton’s confession in the documentary that focuses on the Queen’s 90th year, the Duchess shares that she often is made fun of for being too chatty during walkabouts. Vanity Fair shares Kate Middleton’s words on this subject in the documentary.
“There’s a real art to walkabouts, everybody teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. I still have to learn a little bit more, and to pick up a few more tips, I suppose.”
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