Kate careful over ‘upstaging’ royals in pecking order –Duchess ‘aware it’s Camilla’s turn’
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Kate has been described as a “wonderful advert” for the promotion of the Firm around the world by royal expert Ingrid Seward. But despite the high praises the Duchess has received in the wake of her 40th birthday and claims she will one day perfectly fit in the role of Queen Consort, the commentator believes Kate will be keen on not “upstaging” Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Ms Seward told the Mirror: “Prince Charles is not even King yet and the royals are very careful about not upstaging each other.
“Kate will be keen not to upstage Camilla.
“She is aware of hierarchy and that it is Camilla’s turn.”
Praising Kate, Ms Seward added: “But she is a wonderful advert for the monarchy, especially globally, and people will see her as the perfect Queen.”
The two Duchesses appear to be keenly aware of their respective prominence within the Firm and the country and have teamed up more closely than ever in recent months.
Prince William, Prince Charles, Kate and Camilla carried out for the first time in February 2020 a joint engagement.
The royals, dubbed the new Fab Four following the exit as senior royals of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, visited together the defence medical rehabilitation centre in Loughborough.
While their chances to collaborate more closely during in-person duties were dampened by the pandemic, they came together again in 2021 on more key occasions.
In June, they accompanied the Queen to Cornwall, where the G7 summit was taking place.
Kate and Camilla didn’t just attend the evening reception with the sovereign and their husbands, but also accompanied Her Majesty to the Big Lunch taking place at the Eden Project.
In late September, the Duchesses and their husbands wowed the public as they walked down the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall for the No Time To Die world premiere.
And in early November, they joined forces once again as they attended the reception at COP26, the much-anticipated UN’s climate change summit.
At the end of the Queen’s reign, Prince Charles will become King and will be supported on the throne by his wife Camilla.
It will be up to the new sovereign to decide whether to pass on the title of Prince of Wales or to put it in abeyance.
However, Charles is widely expected to invest his son William with this role – which would make Kate the next Princess of Wales.
This title was last held by Princess Diana, as upon marrying Prince Charles Camilla decided against using it out of respect for the late royal.
A source said it will likely a “bittersweet moment” for William if the Princess of Wales title will be passed on to Kate.
They told the Telegraph: “I’m sure it’ll be a bit of a bittersweet moment.
“This is her son and his wife, so in some ways, it will be coming full circle—but it will also be a poignant reminder of what we all lost.”
Kate was showered with praises by royal fans and commentators alike for her poise and how she has grown into her role over the past decade over the weekend, when she reached her milestone birthday.
To mark her 40th birthday, Kensington Palace released three new portraits by photographer Paolo Roversi.
These stunning and ethereal photographs will enter the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.
Prior to that, they will be included in the Gallery’s ‘Coming Home’ exhibition, which will see portraits of famous personalities being shown in areas across the country close to their hearts.
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