Kate in line for new royal role as Queen prepares to ‘recognise her unique contribution’

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KATE MIDDLETON is in line for a new royal role after a commentator claimed the Queen is ready to “recognise” her and Prince William’s loyal service as their ten-year wedding anniversary approaches.

Now, the pair, and Kate specifically, are expected to be rewarded for their long and loyal service to both country and the crown.

Duncan Larcombe, a royal expert, spoke of how it was “impossible to underestimate just what an achievement this milestone represents”.

The couple have faced many crises during the past decade including the recent fall-out of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal exit.

Speaking to OK! Magazine for the release of a special collector’s edition this month, Mr Larcombe said: “William and Kate have got through 10 years of marriage and royal duties without so much as a moan.

Kate Middleton: The Duchess is thought to be in line to be recognised by the Queen

Kate Middleton: The Duchess is thought to be in line to be recognised by the Queen (Image: GETTY)

Royal wedding: The pair's ten-year wedding anniversary is fast-approaching

Royal wedding: The pair’s ten-year wedding anniversary is fast-approaching (Image: GETTY)

“Like any couple, they’ve had their ups and downs, their rows and tensions.

“But their commitment to the Queen and to this country has been unwavering… and the controversy over Meghan and Harry’s departure from the UK has made that even clearer.”

More importantly, Mr Larcombe suggested Kate could be in the running for more recognition from the Queen.

He added: “So, Her Majesty will be keen to recognise their decade of loyal service and, in particular, celebrate Kate’s unique contribution to the Firm.”

Prince William: The Duke and Duchess pictured on their wedding day

Prince William: The Duke and Duchess pictured on their wedding day (Image: GETTY)

How the Monarch might do this is unclear.

Any form of social gathering like an anniversary dinner or reception is off the cards because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Larcombe does not believe the Queen will bestow any new titles or honours onto the couple either.

This would run in contrast to the Queen’s previous moves.

The Queen: Her Majesty has previously paid her respect to Kate

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/in-this-handout-image-provided-by-clarence-house-www (Image: GETTY)

St Andrews: The pair met while studying at university in Scotland

St Andrews: The pair met while studying at university in Scotland (Image: GETTY)

In 2019, she marked Kate’s eighth year with the Firm by appointing her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

However, the royal expert added: “But she is conscious of the fact that their status could soon change dramatically – when her own reign comes to an end.

“Whatever she decides, as a Queen and grandmother, she will not let this occasion pass without paying tribute to Kate and William.”

William and Kate have been out in force since Meghan and Harry’s tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview.

Royal romance: The couple have had three children during their marriage

Royal romance: The couple have had three children during their marriage (Image: Express Newspapers)

Last month, they visited Westminster Abbey to mark one year since the first coronavirus lockdown came into effect.

Meeting with vaccination clinic workers in the very same spot they wedded ten years before, they had a private moment of reflection.

The vaccination centre was set-up at the church early in March offering a space for up to 800 vaccinations a day.

Meanwhile, the royals were largely unable to respond to Meghan and Harry’s allegations against them due to entrenched protocol.

Oprah Winfrey: The Royal Family was shaken after the pair's tell-all interview with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey: The Royal Family was shaken after the pair’s tell-all interview with Oprah (Image: GETTY)

But, William broke ranks with the tradition during a school visit in East London after he was asked by a reporter if the royals were racist.

He replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

A statement released by Buckingham Palace has since said the family was “saddened” to hear of Meghan and Harry’s struggles.

Get your copy of the OK! special collector’s edition in stores now priced £4.99 or buy online at ok.co.uk/cambridgespecial.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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