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Kate Middleton Is Becoming More Confident In Her Role As Future Queen

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By Sarah Veldman

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge as we call her now, has come into her own as the future Queen.

After marrying Prince William in 2011, Kate appeared shy and would often stay by her husband's side, not daring to talk to many people without him, and constantly looking to him to tell her what was the right thing to do.

However, in the eight years since said wedding, she has become more confident and independent, fully comfortable in her role."

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She Recently Attended The Queen's Diplomatic Reception

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen's Diplomatic Reception
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The Duchess recently attended the Queen's Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace looking radiant as ever. Compared to the previous times she has attended, Kate showed real confidence and charisma.

Body language expert Judi James told the Daily Mail, "Because Kate’s body language is always immaculate it’s easy to imagine that little has changed over the years, but these two sets of images, taken from her first state banquet and then this latest one, prove there have been some dramatic changes in her body language tone and ‘mood music’ at identical events."

She continued, "The first and her perhaps the most dramatic change is in her status signals. At the 2015 banquet, Kate adopted the role of a rather anxious-looking guest. Last night though her signals put her firmly in a hosting role, making her appear not just like a future Queen, but almost as a current one."

She Started Out As The Shy Girlfriend Of Prince William

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Kate and William were together for a number of years before their royal wedding in 2011, and always made a point of keeping their relationship private.

While Kate was able to get an idea of how royal life would be, she still started out completely new to official royal engagements and giving public speeches.

A friend of her's told People, "She is now more open with what she wants to say, and funnily enough, she is more relaxed as well. She is an adoring mother, and she is contributing publicly in the way we would want her to. You see it more and more. The young student has turned into our future Queen.”

After Their Wedding She Hid Behind Her Husband

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on tour in Canada
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Kate gave her first public speech in 2012 at the opening of the Treehouse Hospice. While the speech went just fine, she appeared nervous and rather insecure, constantly referring to her notes.

She later recalled the moment while giving another speech at the opening of The Nook hospice. She said, “At the opening of the Treehouse Hospice many years ago (which I think I will remember for some years to come as it was my first ever speech!), I referred to your hospices as being homes."

This time she appeared much more confident and sure of herself.

She Has Assumed Her Place As The Future Queen

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Not only is she getting better at speeches, but the Duchess of Cambridge has also been choosing causes that are closer to her personally.

A source told Hello Magazine, “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.”

The Duchess of Cambridge is becoming more and more confident in her role, and many are looking forward to seeing her spread her wings when she takes on her role as Queen in the future.

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