Queen “likely” planning special surprise to mark the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s anniversary

This year marks ten years since Duchess Catherine joined the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society on November 26, 2019 in London, England
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The Queen is “likely” to be planning something special for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s anniversary in April 2021, royal expert claims.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in a spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 2011, delighting royal fans across the world. Following their marriage, the couple became referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, having been granted the titles by the Queen. 

Back in April 2019, the 94-year-old monarch also appointed the Duchess of Cambridge as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, for services to the Sovereign. That year marked 8 years since Duchess Catherine first became an official member of the Royal Family upon her marriage. 

This year’s anniversary will mark a decade and the significance of this occasion has led some to claim that the Queen is likely planning to mark it in some way.

How is the relationship between the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge?

Given the important role Duchess Catherine has within the Royal Family, it could be that the Queen will plan to honor her around her and Prince William’s tenth anniversary. 

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As reported by OK!, royal expert Duncan Larcombe spoke to them, stating: “It’s highly likely she’ll be planning a special secret something to honour Kate’s 10 years in the royal family – something she can do to mark it. Kate and the Queen have a fantastic relationship. Kate strikes that balance between bowing to her as head of the royal family in public but being able to check in with her as the great-grandmother to her children.”

He also spoke to them about the close relationship between the Queen and Duchess Catherine, claiming: “Kate has her own direct line to speak to the Queen and she calls her to check in on her and give her updates on the children.”

“She always leans on her for advice. It’s believed Kate was the one to teach the Queen how to use Zoom and that’s been lovely, so she can see her great-grandkids and stay connected.”

How has Duchess Catherine carried out royal duties throughout the pandemic?

Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge continued to carry out royal duties, both in person, such as when she and Prince William embarked on their Royal Train Tour, and also via video call

When reports emerged that the Queen had formed a brand new “Firm of Eight” senior royals to make public appearances, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were thought to be amongst those included.

This year already the couple have continued to carry out important video calls, lending their support to frontline workers during the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

It seems likely that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s commitment to royal duties is appreciated by the Queen.

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!