Catherine the Great

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29 April 2011

Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William heralds more than just a new beginning for them, royal watchers say – it’s the start of a new era for the British monarchy.

She has the potential to improve the royal family’s image in a way none of the blue bloods has been able to do and she could one day be seen as Britain’s Catherine the Great.

Like the first Catherine the Great, the Russian empress who turned Russia into a world power in the 1700s, 29-year-old Kate is poised to transform the way Britons see their royal family.

Many question their right to privileged lives – and simply by being young, gorgeous and vibrant Princess Catherine will breathe new life into The Firm.

She and William could become role models for young people because of how they conduct themselves. ‘‘There’s a good opportunity for William and Catherine to replace people like the Beckhams as the focus of young Britain,’’ royal historian Hugo Vickers says.

And Kate could be more of a people’s princess than pedigreed Princess Diana, William’s mother, could ever have been.

‘‘Kate is a real person,’’ royal biographer Penny Junor says. ‘‘We will have a queen one day who will know what it’s like to travel by Tube in the rush hour, to be ignored by a shop assistant and sworn at by someone she accidentally bumps into in the street.’’

‘‘Kate is set to eclipse Princess Diana as the media star of the royal family,’’ says Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor.

She has also passed Diana in the beauty stakes, according to a poll. In a survey of 27 000 people she was named the most beautiful British royal.

‘‘Kate will be a global mega-star,’’ says Tom Bradby, the journalist to whom the couple gave their only interview after announcing their engagement. ‘‘Handling her popularity will be hard. Everyone is going to go Kate-crazy.’’

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