The Queen is an icon who is beloved by millions of people worldwide, so when she decides she likes someone and they have qualities she appreciates, people should take notice. It just so happens Duchess Kate also has millions of fans around the world, and Her Majesty is said to be quite fond of her - for a very touching reason.
Jennie Bond, a former royal correspondent for the BBC, appeared on Lorraine on Jan. 2 and lavished praise on the Duchess of Cambridge for her amazing 2019. The year saw Kate step up her royal duties, including her work on early years and child development. She finished 2019 off by releasing several pictures taken during a surprise visit to a London maternity ward the year before and also penned an open letter to midwives in the UK.
“You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain and unimaginable joy on a daily basis.” — The Duchess of Cambridge in her open letter to Midwives #SupportNursesandMidwivespic.twitter.com/oSk4Muev8y
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 27, 2019
"She's doing it very well, isn't she? She's so dignified," Jennie said of how Kate has really grown into her role as future Queen Consort. "She has a quiet dignity about her, which I think the public is growing to love, and she works behind the scenes."
"Do you think she's the Queen's favourite?" Christine Lampard, who was hosting the show that day, asked.
"The Queen is very, very fond of Sophie, Countess of Wessex – she often takes her place beside the Queen," Jennie said. "But I think she admires the way that Catherine, as she's known in royal circles, has adapted to the job of being a Queen-in-waiting."
"Can you imagine the Duchess of Cambridge popping 'round?" Jennie continued on Kate's secret visit to the hospital. "It's pretty amazing, isn't it? So I think she's coming into her own."
Last year, it was revealed Her Majesty has been giving Kate training lessons to get her up to speed for when Prince William becomes King. In March 2019, Kate and the Queen made their first joint outing together, and royal reporter Rebecca English later said it was all a part of preparing Kate for stepping into the Queen's shoes.
"Kate's been taking on new responsibilities little by little over the last few years, so it won't be a shock when the time comes," Rebecca told Us Weekly last April. "William and Kate are the favourite royals to take the crown in many generations, so people of the UK are very excited about it."
Last September, royal insiders also told HELLO! UK Kate's knowledge on children's early years has enabled her to become much more confident and self-assured.
"She has found work that she's really passionate about," a source said. "She spent a lot of time at the start of her royal life learning about social issues and challenges like addiction, homelessness, mental health."
"It became clear to her that one of the main causes of it all was things not going right in the early years, so she knows the potential advantages to doing things in this space. It's about solving much bigger problems but doing it early."
"She's doing more of her own speeches and she's more confident because she is so sure of what she wants to say. Her confidence has grown in every way."