Kate Middleton and Prince William, 37, married in 2011 and they have three children together. As a full-time working member of the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cambridge has spent a lot of time with senior royals. She has developed a surprisingly close relationship with Prince Philip, an expert revealed.
Kate joined the Royal Family after she had been dating Prince William for nearly 10 years.
She is confident performing royal duties by herself and recently made a solo trip to LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-School.
Earlier this week, the Duchess also attended a workshop that was run by the National Portrait Gallery Hospital on her own.
When she is joined by other royals on official events, Kate seems to have a good relationship with them.
READ MORE: Kate Middleton has millions of pounds worth of Diana’s jewellery – does Meghan have any?
Kate Middleton: The Duchess of Cambridge is part of the Royal Family
Kate Middleton: She reportedly has a close relationship with Prince Philip
While many may think she would be closer to younger royals such as Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, this may not be the case.
In fact, she could actually have one of the best relationships with her grandfather-in-law, Prince Philip, 98, body language expert, Judi James explained.
The royal officially retired from duties in August 2017, but Kate and Prince Philip often attended royal events before that time.
Analysing pictures from Trooping the Colours in 2017, their body language showed a close relationship.
Judi James told Express.co.uk: “These delightful poses suggest unexpectedly rich bonds between Kate and Prince Philip based on not just affection but also a shared sense of humour and fun.
“Both royals tend to be fans of protocol at public events but Philip’s animated chat here puts could have put them firmly on the naughty step, as judging from the poses of the rest of the group they are having a chat and a giggle during a fly-past.”
Although royals should follow certain rules at Trooping the Colours, Kate and Prince Philip appeared to put these aside to enjoy each others company.
While on the balcony, Prince William looked more wary and reserved when joining in the fun.
Kate Middleton: They appeared to get on well at Trooping the Colours
Judi explained: “William previously got a telling off from his gran for bending with his son during a similar line-up.
“There’s a hint of wariness about his smile and self-protective fig-leaf hand positioning here that suggests he’s not keen to repeat the experience by joining in the fun too wholeheartedly.”
Despite being there with two younger children, Kate shows her fondness of Prince Philip by giving him her attention.
“Kate manages to control her two boisterous children with her hands while turning her head to pay full eye-attention to Philip,” Judi added.
“Her dimpled smile and softened eye expression show genuine affection but her fully opened-mouth laugh suggests she’s finding Philip’s comments genuinely hilarious.”
Over the years, Kate has developed a good relationship with her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.
Judi explained: “The body language signals between the Queen and Kate currently suggest a very relaxed, warm and relatively easy-going friendship with both women enjoying the other’s company.
“This stage of their relationship only seems to have been achieved with time though and probably owes a lot to Kate’s visual signals of growing confidence.
“She seems happier to acknowledge that she is popular in her own right now and that she has earned the respect and possibly admiration of the Queen too.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.