Kate Middleton shares ‘steel in a velvet glove’ qualities with this absent royal - and it’s not Princess Diana!

According to an expert Kate Middleton shares ‘steel in a velvet glove’ qualities with a senior royal who was 'very much admired' like her

Kate Middleton shares "steel in a velvet glove" qualities with this royal. Seen here she attends the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023
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It’s been claimed Kate Middleton shares “steel in a velvet glove’ qualities with this absent royal - and it’s not Princess Diana! 

Since becoming Princess of Wales in September last year Kate Middleton has been busier than ever, attending engagements across the country and launching the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood’s Shaping Us initiative. Some fans have declared they’re “exhausted just looking at” Kate’s busy schedule as she balances full-time royal life with being a mom-of-three. As she continues to prepare for her future role as Queen Consort, a royal expert has likened her “qualities” to that of an absent senior royal who was the “strength” behind her husband. 

Getting candid with OK!, the BBC’s former Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond has reflected upon the Princess of Wales’ personality and according to her, Kate Middleton shares “steel in a velvet glove” qualities with the Queen Mother.

Queen Mother at Buckingham Palace

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“People always used to describe the Queen Mother as ‘steel in a velvet glove’. She was always charming, gentle and much admired,” Jennie claimed before describing just how influential Queen Elizabeth’s late mother really was behind closed doors.

The royal expert continued, “She was also the strength behind her husband, George VI, and at the Palace her opinion counted. I think Catherine has some of those same qualities.”

When it comes to Kate Middleton, Jennie expressed her belief that she has “earned her place” as one of the most senior members of the immediate and extended Royal Family. Since Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 she has also reportedly gone on to receive the respect of not only the public but her fellow royals too as she learnt the ropes of her new role. 

Princess Catherine arrives at a national service of thanksgiving and dedication

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“She has learned the craft of being royal over a number of years and earned her place as a senior member of the family,” Jennie said. “Gradually, she has also earned the respect of the public and, I believe, of the rest of the family. We look at her now not just as William’s wife, but as our future Queen.”

Sharing “steel in a velvet glove” qualities with the Queen Mother, Kate has now become one of the most popular and influential royals who’s been actively embracing a more personal, modern approach for the monarchy, taking selfies and hugging fans on engagements. Sadly, the Queen Mother passed away in 2002 only a year after Prince William met his future wife.

Queen Mother celebrates her 90th birthday

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Throughout her time as Queen, the Queen Mother was equally inspirational and was known for some pretty iconic quotes. This included her bold response to being advised to leave for North America during the Second World War.

“The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave,” she famously declared and was even in Buckingham Palace when it was bombed in 1940. Now it seems Kate Middleton could be continuing her legacy as the “strength behind” her husband and a much-admired royal. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!