When Kate becomes queen: How the duchess has modelled herself on the reigning monarch

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Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton.
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  • Kate Middleton will make the perfect queen consort because "she knows what resonates," the monarch's biographer Sally Bedell Smith says.
  • When Prince William takes the throne, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will likely be Queen Consort.
  • William and Kate "are representing the Queen impeccably," says Bedell Smith. "They're showing a kind of dedication she would be proud of."

"Catherine has learned by observing," the queen's biographer Sally Bedell Smith tells People in a discussion about Kate Middleton, who will be Queen Consort when Prince William takes the throne. "She knows what resonates. She will have absorbed a lot from this queen."

Author of Elizabeth: Queen and Crown, Sarah Gristwood, also tells the publication of the mother-of-three's approach – and why she gets along so well with the monarch.

"It's a personal willingness to conform to the requirements of the institution," she says. "That sounds like an unappealing, unglamorous virtue, but it's an important one if you're going to be a successful cog in the royal wheel."

Never complain, never explain.
-- The queen's unofficial motto Kate's seemed to have adopted

Ahead of her Platinum Jubilee, the queen expressed she'd like Camilla Parker Bowles to be referred to as Queen Consort when heir apparent Prince Charles becomes king. Following Charles is Prince William, and then his eldest son, Prince George, 7.

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Though the queen hasn't made mention of stepping down any time soon and has actively carried out her own duties, many of her royal patronages and engagements have been passed to Charles and Camilla, with William and Kate stepping up in recent months.

The couple also recently moved closer to the queen, with the changing schooling needs of their children.

That said, it all looks to be working well for Her Majesty, with her biographer commenting William and Kate "are representing the Queen impeccably".

"They're showing a kind of dedication she would be proud of. And that probably gives her hope." 

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