Kate Middleton given new special privilege after joining the Queen’s ‘inner circle’


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, was given a special privilege after she joined The Queen’s “inner circle”, it has been revealed.

But after the Duchess became a more integral part of the Royal Family, she was granted new privileges.

In her book The Future Queen, Ms Nicholl wrote that “until now The Queen had met Kate only fleetingly at the wedding of Peter and Autumn Phillips”.

This took place in May 2008.

The Queen and Kate

The Queen and Kate. (Image: Getty)

She added: “But [Her Majesty] went out of her way to make her feel welcome, giving [Kate] permission to take pictures at Balmoral.”

Ms Nicholl stressed that this was no small deal within the royal fold.

She wrote: “As a woman who has lived her entire life in the public eye, the Queen rarely lets her guard down…

“Very few apart from her family and closest friends get to see the real Elizabeth.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. (Image: Getty)

Kate, Camilla and The Queen

Kate, Camilla and The Queen. (Image: Getty)

To mark the recent celebration of the Duchess of Cornwall’s 75th birthday, Country Life magazine commissioned the future Queen Consort to guest edit its July 13 edition.

Kate also stepped up to photograph Camilla for the magazine’s cover image.

“It was very relaxed and, of course, very kind that the Duchess of Cambridge came with her camera.

“She’s an extremely good photographer and it was all very casual.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. (Image: Getty)

Country Life Features Editor Paula Lester added that the Duchess took her role “very seriously”.

She said: “The Duchess of Cambridge took her commission very seriously and was incredibly professional about the task at hand.

“She phoned me to discuss our requirements for the cover and subsequently composed a range of beautifully shot images.”


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