Queen Elizabeth II Believed Kate Middleton Was A ‘Safe Pair Of Hands’ To Help Rule One Day

Sep 19, 2022 by apost team

The entire world watched on Apr. 29th, 2011, when Prince William and Catherine Middleton wed in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London. The heavily publicized wedding prompted all kinds of celebrations, including street parties across England, William and Kate merchandise and plenty of speculation about how the royal couple would navigate their roles as the Prince and Princess of Wales. 

The couple is particularly prominent in the royal family given that William is next in line to the throne after his father, King Charles III, who ascended on Sept. 8th, 2022, after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed. At the time of their marriage, the couple had been together for eight years after they started dating when they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where the two completed their undergraduate degrees. 

A lot has happened since those days, including the couple’s official engagement announcement on Nov. 16th, 2010, followed by their wedding, which took place in April 2011. Since then, the Prince and Princess of Wales have been busy building a family, which includes the future king, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4. 

Before Queen Elizabeth II passed away, she made a note to tell royal officials that Kate had grown to be a part of the family over the last decade. She also believed that Kate was a very trusted source to one day help lead the country. Before the couple got married, the queen was uneasy about the pair and their relationship. However, she grew to look at her granddaughter-in-law as a “safe pair of hands.” 

Duchess Catherine, Queen Elizabeth (2021), (Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

According to Express, Joe Little, editor of Majesty Magazine, shared, “It’s specualtion and conjecture, but you would think the Queen very much regarded Kate as a safe pair of hands, she’s been a member of the Royal Family for 10 years now.” 

However, he also added that the relationship between Kate and Queen Elizabeth II was not always that way. “But she was very much on the scene for quite a few years prior to that because, as well documented, Kate and William were living together, which in itself was quite revolutionary,” he said. He went on to say, “I think given all that’s gone on in the Royal Family over the past few years; the supposed fall outs, the Duke of York and the death of the Duke of Edingburgh, the Queen had great trust in Kate.”

Little also shared that not all royal family members, especially women in the family, have been seen as helpful to the Queen. “(It was) only a few years ago, she gave her the Royal Family Order - it’s something that’s only given to the female members of the Royal Family who have been around for quite some time and are deemed to be of great support to the Queen. So not every female member of the Royal Family has got it, but Kate has,” he added. 

Queen Elizabeth II believed that the royal couple would be a great asset to the world when they became king and queen one day. “I would say the Queen had great trust in the Prince and Princess of Wales, and in the future, King William V and Queen Catherine,” Little shared. 


Duchess Catherine, Queen Elizabeth (2012), (Indigo/Getty Images)

The editor acknowledged that when Princess Diana married King Charles III, she entered royal duties too quickly without structure. “In the past, certainly when Diana came on the scene, she threw herself and was thrown into royal duties almost immediately with mixed success, there was no real template, things went well and sometimes things went really badly,” Little revealed

Little shared that Kate watched from afar before stepping up and into her role as the “Children’s Princess.” “Kate was very gradual, she appeared very occasionally, for the first few years, she was really William’s wife rather than a working member of the Royal Family,” he said.

“She was then selective in the duties she took on and the charities she was associated with, and we now see her performing to a very high standard with the charities that mean so much to her,” he went on to share.  

Compared to her late mother-in-law, the late Queen believed that the Prince and Princess of Wales were looked at as leaders by Queen Elizabeth II. “It seems safe to assume the Queen regarded this couple the future of the British monarchy in the 21st century,” Little revealed.

Being part of the royal family for over a decade, the Princess of Wales has found a healthy and helpful spot within the royal family. “Kate has found her own niche within the Royal Family, she focused on things that mean a great deal to her and she feels she can give something to the charities, rather than just cover lots of charities but not in a great way,” he added.

Queen Elizabeth, Duchess Catherine (2019), (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

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