Kate Middleton and Prince William, 37, met at university and married in 2011. In recent years, the Duchess of Cambridge has been making a subtle change in her role. Is she already preparing to be Queen?
The title would give her the same social status as the King and she would have her own coronation.
The Duchess rarely made public appearances before she married but has since become a full-time working member of the Royal Family.
Kate’s style has notably changed which could reveal she is preparing for her future role, Laura Arrowsmith, lecturer in Fashion Business and Promotion at Birmingham City University, explained.
She told Express.co.uk: “Kate’s style has developed over the nine years of being married into the Royal Family and we have seen her bloom from opting for safe, expected garments to trialling trend-led pieces.
“Throughout, Kate has oozed elegance and maintained a consistent and polished look, whilst her wardrobe has continued to blossom.”
The Duchess has chosen more prominent style pieces to help develop an image of her own.
“As Kate’s role grows in importance, it is essential for her to have a presence and a clean-cut image,” Laura added.
“Her style represents a powerful woman who radiates character and kindness.”
The Duchess is not afraid to re-wear outfits and will sometimes recycle outfits many times.
Laura added: “Often seen wearing old pieces in new ways, Kate is not afraid to reinvent previous products.
“This highlights her desire to not waste and to lead her identity as a woman that is careful, considerate and mindful of the impact the fashion industry is having.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.