Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge was compared to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana when she initially married Prince William because of her rather shy demeanour. But according to royal commentator Victoria Murphy, the Duchess of Cambridge has slowly revealed she is closer in character to another senior member of the Royal Family.
Kate has increasingly been praised for her poise and her ability to adapt quickly to the hundreds of engagements she is required to attend every year, a trait shared with her future predecessor.
Speaking to Yahoo News, Ms Murphy said: “I’ve always thought that Kate has more in common personality-wise with the Queen.
“Not an extrovert but quietly self-assured with a love of the outdoors and the ability to compartmentalise.”
Her Majesty is said to “admire” Kate for her ability to settle into royal life relatively quickly and for her commitment to her duties.
During the lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge continued to undertake several engagements albeit virtually and contributed in the Royal Family’s efforts to keep up morale with several video calls to key workers as well as to WW2 veterans ahead of VE70 celebrations.
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said earlier this year: “I think she admires the way that Catherine – as Kate is known in royal circles – has adapted to the job of being a Queen-in-waiting.”
“She has a quiet dignity about her which I think the public is growing to love and she works behind the scenes.”
Some commentators have suggested Kate will be key to plans for the modernisation of the monarchy alongside Prince William, with Victoria Howard suggesting there are signs already signalling a change in the way royal work will be done in the future.
Ms Howard said: “She has chosen a core set of issues to focus on, and chooses more the cause than specific organisations much like William and Harry have done.
“This means that, unlike the Queen, Kate will only ever have a few dozen patronages, and some will be linked or quite similar.”
Ms Howard added: “It is a different way for royal work to be done, but this is clearly a path preferred by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“And they will have the backing of Prince Charles and the Queen – or we would see a change.”
Despite the comparisons commentators have drawn between Kate and the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has also appeared to showcase a key trait Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has made his own through his years at Her Majesty’s side.
Royal commentator Erin Hill said: “Unlike some other royal partnerships in the past, this was a true love match.
“They met in college, they had a traditional start in terms of being a couple. A lot of the time you get used to the idea of stepping into this role and she’s proved to be such a great partner to William.
“Like Philip, she’s able to know her role as a supportive actor, she never tries to outshine William.”
Ms Hill continued: “You can see when they’re on an outing together, she lets him take the lead.
“He is the future king, she knows part of her role as future queen is to support him as a future monarch.
“But she has a lot to say herself and she’s really coming to her own in the past few years especially, giving speeches and setting out new projects and platforms for herself. It is a great partnership.”