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Kate Middleton Has an 'Easy Relationship' with the Queen

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By Joe Allen

According to one royal expert, Kate Middleton's relationship with Queen Elizabeth II is better than ever. According to Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, "Both women are actually quite shy, so it’s taken time for them to get to this stage, but they have a very easy relationship now [that] they’ve both made the effort," she said in an interview with OK! Magazine that was reported on by the Daily Mail. It's a little ironic, given that the are two members of the most famous family alive.

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Nicholl added that "the queen loves seeing Kate because it’s an opportunity to spend time with her and hear how great her grandchildren are doing." The royal correspondent also claims that Middleton has been recognized by the Queen for her efforts to keep Elizabeth involved in her children's lives.

"I imagine that spending Christmas at Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be something she’s very much looking forward to," said Nicholl of the Queen about her excitement to have the whole family together.

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"So Kate and William are doing the dutiful thing and putting the royal family first," Nicholl said. What good is being a royal if you're not occasionally asked to do your duty?

The Queen has also recently added some responsibility to Middleton's plate. The duchess will take over as the patron of the Family Action charity, which provides support for struggling families around mental health issues and finances. It's a big job that Middleton will have to balance with her existing duties as a duchess and mother.

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According to one of Nicholl's sources, the Queen admires the way Middleton handles everything on her plate.

"The queen is a fan," the source told Nicholl. "Kate is unflappable. Her mantra is very like the queen’s 'keep calm and carry on' approach in life, and she has the added benefit of making the royal family seem almost normal and in touch." Apparently, the Queen remains grateful for the duchess, who is still one of the most popular members of the royal family.

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"It feels very much like this has been Kate’s year," her biographer Claudia Joseph told Nicholl. "She looks happy, in control and there’s a new confidence about her. I think Kate seems much happier than a year ago. She has three lovely children, has been honored by the queen for her hard work and is really well-liked not just here but around the world."

The duchess, who is married to Prince William and has three children with him, seems to be a thriving royal.

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