The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, assumes new diplomatic responsibilities. She was notably responsible for receiving the wife of Vodolomyr Zelensky at Buckingham Palace.
What if Kate Middleton could embody one of the key links in royal power? The Queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19 allowed the British monarchy to measure how popular Elizabeth II was. From now on, Charles III and his son William will have to take on the heavy task of breathing new life into the action of the Crown, in a context of weakening Western democracies and at a time of friction and weakening for the Commonwealth.
In this picture, which is rather gloomy for the royal family, Kate Middleton appears able to make her contribution, thanks to the image of the king’s irreproachable daughter-in-law. She enjoys an excellent image in the United Kingdom, she is highly appreciated for her qualities of devotion to the Crown. She embodies the sense of duty applied diligently, and in a way, the sense of the state. It is for this reason that the government authorities dialogue with her with a rather rare singularity, on complex files. Of course, the British executive has tenuous and institutionally established relations with the monarchy, but it is clear that Kate Middleton has an increasingly prominent place in the protocols of official diplomacy.
Sunday, September 18, the day before the state funeral for Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton officially received Olena Zelenska, the wife of Volodomyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president. This meeting took place on the sidelines of the grand reception given by King Charles III to the Heads of State invited to the Queen’s funeral. The images have been made public with the very clear aim of displaying the monarchy’s support for Ukraine, as the UK is engaged in high-profile support for Ukraine at war with Russia. Recall that Charles III and Prince William publicly condemned the war in Ukraine, assuming a political role on this issue.
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Kate Middleton has become Princess of Wales, a title that hasn’t been worn since Lady Diana’s death. And like William’s mother before her, “perfect Kate” is very popular with the British, she is more so than her own husband but also more than King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla according to a Yougov poll published in the spring of 2022. Could this difference put some distance between the royal couple and the wife of the future king? Unlikely when it comes to Kate Middleton and King Charles III. The two have been very close in recent years and according to the magazine The List, their good relationship would have started from their first meeting when Kate was not yet engaged to William. Charles III who was then Prince of Wales would have even facilitated the entry of Kate Middleton into the royal family. However, the absence of the Princess of Wales at the king’s proclamation ceremony on September 10, 2022 has raised questions and some have seen the signs of a disagreement between the monarch and her daughter-in-law. If no explanation has been given to justify the absence of the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, the closeness and the gestures of tenderness that Kate Middleton and Charles III still shared in June during the Queen’s jubilee discredit the thesis of the dispute.
Kate Middleton also seems to have a good relationship with Queen Consort Camilla. “They are really close” declared the royal correspondent of Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl, in July 2022 as reported the news. Some fear, however, that these relations are withering away. The reason ? The popularity and exemplary nature of Kate Middleton which could overshadow the new queen consort. But the difference in popularity between the two women is not new and each knows the place she should hold within the royal family: that of unwavering support for the Crown of England. A role that one and the other have been fulfilling for several years in the greatest discretion but with success, although the latter came with time for Camilla.
Who is Kate Middleton?
Catherine “Kate” Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Berkshire. Daughter of Michael and Carole Middleton, a couple who made their fortune with a company selling party accessories, “Kate” is the eldest and has a sister Philippa, known as “Pippa” born in 1983 and a brother, James born in 1987. Her fate turned in the early 2000s when she met Prince William, heir to the British crown, at the Scottish University of Saint Andrews. Married since 2011, the couple had three children and embodies the tradition of the monarchy with a dose of modernity. Kate and William are very popular with the British despite the conflict between them and the couple formed by Harry, William’s younger brother, and Meghan Markle.
His meeting with Prince William
Kate Middleton joined the prestigious University of Saint Andrews in Scotland in the early 2000s. It was there that she met Prince William, whom she quickly dated before living with him in a roommate with three other friends. Their relationship was revealed by the English tabloids in 2003 and they lived together in Saint-Andrews until 2006, when their university course ended. After a brief separation in 2007, the couple’s engagement was officially announced on November 16, 2010, a month after a vacation in Kenya. The engagement of the future king of England according to the protocol made the front page of the English press, especially as Kate displayed in the following days the engagement ring of Diana, the mother of William who died in Paris in 1997.
The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William
It was in front of 2 billion viewers that the couple married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Images of a jubilant crowd outside the balcony of Buckingham Palace and in the streets of London have gone around the world. At the same time, the couple received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The children of Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William had three children, George born on July 22, 2013, Charlotte born on May 2, 2015 and Louis born on April 23, 2018. In the order of succession to the throne, it is George who is logically called to reign one day, after his father William. The couple and their children settled in Kensington Palace in London, a residence which they left in 2022 for a cottage located on the Windsor estate, near the privileged residence of Queen Elizabeth II.