Duchess Kate of Cambridge admitted in a documentary that she's regularly teased by other members of the royal family. The personality trait she gets the most goading for is her chattiness.
In the upcoming documentary Our Queen at Ninety produced by ITV, Kate and other members of the royal family take a few moments to discuss their feelings and regard for the Queen. When it was Kate's turn, she spent a lot of time praising her husband's grandmother while pointing out some of the things she believes she needs to work on.
She admitted, "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."
It goes to show that even the royal family has a sense of humor, and you're not exempt from a little family fun every now and again just because you're royalty. With such a broad, good-natured smile, one can only imagine that the Duchess handles the jokes quite well.
The fact that she's a little too talkative and trendy makes the beloved royal even more loved. She's no doubt one of the most popular members of the royal family for her posh style, friendly smile, and down-to-Earth attitude. People love her for her attention to her children and royal affairs. Her chatty, over-friendly personality trait confirms what her fans have been thinking for years: she's as friendly as she looks.
Even though the royal family teases her fairly regularly, Kate couldn't say enough good things about the Queen during her 90th birthday documentary celebration. She also shared some of her fondness for Queen Elizabeth II. Middleton stated that she's been a big help in training Kate in queenly matters.
"She's been generous and not forceful at all in her views. And she's really been there in a gentle guidance for me," she said.
It'll be five years in April since Duchess Kate became a member of the royal family, so you'd think she would have gotten the hang of the royalty thing by now. But being a queen in training is probably a little more difficult than it appears on the outside.
Aside from more official duties of helping Kate learn the ropes, it appears that Queen Elizabeth II is also a very devoted great grandmother.
"George, who's only two and a half, calls her 'Gan-Gan,'" she explained. "She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay. That just shows, I think, her love for her family."
This has been evidenced in the past as well. Kate and William's youngest, Charlotte, was born last spring, and the Queen was one of the first to meet her.
"It's very special having a little girl," Kate said. "I feel very, very lucky that George got a little sister. The queen was really thrilled that [Charlotte] was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors."
Aside from family matters, the Duchess of Cambridge couldn't say enough kind things about her husband's grandmother. Most notably, Kate spoke about her dignity and love for her people.
"I think she's so, so engaging. I think she has got the most fantastic smile and I think if the Queen does nothing but smiles, it gives people a huge amount of joy and a huge amount of pleasure. She's so dignified and calm…everyone feels that they've had some quality time with Her Majesty – and also a real personal connection, and I think that's a real skill."
At 89-years-old (turning 90 on April 21), you'd think the Queen would begin to slow down and make fewer public appearances, but she seems to continue going strong. She's energetic and truly interested in being seen and loved by her people.
"I have no idea where she gets her energy from – I need to go and ask a few more questions," Kate admitted. "Being a mother and new in my job as well, I have no idea how the Queen has done it – with four children of her own. To manage all of those elements of your life – from the family, to the work as well as to the national importance of her role – it's extraordinary. And for so long too – I think it's really incredible."
All in all, it's clear that Duchess Kate has some big shoes to fill, but she's ready and willing to learn the necessary things to get there. She has a lot of admiration and respect for England's monarch, and she hopes to be able to represent the nation in the same way, although she confesses she's glad to have her husband by her side.
"All the time William and I are so struck by the Queen's sense of duty and commitment," she said in awe. "And I think to do that by yourself would be a very lonely place to be. But I think to have the support of your husband there by your side on those occasions – and behind closed doors as well – I think is really special."
"William and I have got quite a long way to go," she added, laughing. "But, no, it really, really is fantastic. And to have seen and experienced as much as they have together, it's really special."
This was the first televised interview Kate has done since she and William were engaged in 2011. It seems she's assimilating to royal life quite well, and she's pleased with the love and sense of belonging found there.
Duchess Kate is getting ready for her own turn at the throne, but she can't say enough kind things about the woman already there.
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