How the Duchess of Cambridge is preparing to become Queen

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The Duchess of Cambridge will one day become Queen, and a royal expert has revealed how she is preparing for it.

While it might be a while until the Duchess of Cambridge occupies the throne, it seems like she’s already preparing for the big role when the time comes around.

According to royal expert Rebecca Long, she’s been gradually taking on more responsibility so that it’s not a ‘shock’ when she steps up.

She told American publication Us Weekly: “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.

“William and Kate are the favourite royals to take the crown in many generations, so the people of the UK are very excited about it.”

In the eight years since she officially joined the Royal Family, Duchess Catherine has become a patron of 18 charities - from the National Portrait Gallery to The Royal Photographic Society - and often attends royal engagements solo and with other royals.

But in fact, Duchess Catherine will not become official Queen when Prince William becomes King.

Instead, she will probably be known as Queen consort, the title for the female spouse who’s married to the sovereign.

An explanation on the Royal Family website states: “Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony."

When the Duchess of Cornwall married the Prince of Wales back in 2005, it was announced that she would receive the title of The Princess Consort, rather than Queen consort.

However, Clarence House removed this statement from its website. A spokesperson for the royal household said at the time: "Our frequently asked questions are updated regularly. This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features."