Queen's generous offer to Kate Middleton ahead of wedding to Prince William revealed

The Queen made a very kind gesture to Kate Middleton before she married Prince William in 2011, according to a royal insider

The sweet reason Queen made her ladies-in-waiting available to Kate Middleton before royal wedding to William
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Queen Elizabeth II helped Kate Middleton to prepare for royal life by making a generous offer to the future princess ahead of her wedding to Prince William, a royal insider has revealed. 

Queen Elizabeth II gave Kate Middleton a thoughtful gift ahead of her wedding to Prince William, a royal insider has revealed. 

Her Majesty reportedly made her ladies-in-waiting available to the Princess of Wales before she married into the Royal Family in 2011, in the hope that the court aides could prepare her future granddaughter-in-law for the pressures of serving the British monarchy. 

According to the author of The New Royals, Katie Nicholl, Kate Middleton "took up" the late monarch's generous offer and "made sure she benefitted from that experience." 

"The Queen had made her own private office and her ladies in waiting available to Catherine, so she could go and talk to them first-hand about what it was like to do royal engagements and how one should behave," the Vanity Fair royal correspondent said. 

While it remains unknown exactly what these consultations entailed, it's likely that they gave Kate the opportunity to learn all about princess etiquette and patriotism. This was especially important for the duchess, who, unlike her husband, hadn't been raised in aristocratic circles. 

Kate Middleton's first meeting with the Queen revealed, seen here side by side at different events

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Kate Middleton hails from a regular family in Reading and, after falling in love with Prince William while they were both studying at the University of St. Andrew's, went on to work a regular job as an accessories buyer for the UK fashion chain, Jigsaw. While undeniably affluent (her parents, Michael and Carole, are self-made millionaires), the future royal was far from versed in royal norms. 

"From the beginning, Kate Middleton had a great deal of support from the Royal Family which was really instructed by the Queen," journalist Ashley Pearson said in the 2017 Amazon documentary, Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor. "This was to make sure she knew as much as she could possibly know and what to do in every situation – bearing in mind, of course, that she didn’t grow up in this world."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge embrace after the Royal Charity Polo Cup 2022 at Guards Polo Club during the Outsourcing Inc. Royal Polo Cup at Guards Polo Club,

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The Prince of Wales also received mentorship from Her Majesty before marrying Kate. The Queen began training Prince William to be King in his childhood, inviting the heir to Windsor Castle every Sunday for constitutional lessons and lots of tea and cake. It's understood the visits were also a time for the royal teenager to confide in Her Majesty, who had been given similar guidance from her own elders. 

"Those sessions were also an opportunity for her to mentor and teach him, as her grandfather, George V, did with her," Katie said. "They became incredibly close and as his respect for her grew he began to embrace his destiny." 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.