How the Duchess of Cambridge is preparing to become Queen in future

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor
Kate returned from maternity leave in October, after giving birth to Prince Louis in April. Photo: Getty Images

She’s one of the most popular members of the royal family and it seems Kate Middleton is already gearing up to become Queen.

The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge, whose husband, Prince William, is second in line to take over the British throne, returned from maternity leave in October, after giving birth in April to Prince Louis.

And according to royal experts, there’s subtle signs the Duchess is preparing for a more prominent role in the monarchy.

“A couple of years ago, you might have seen her being a little bit timid,” Susan E. Kelley, owner and editor of What Kate Wore told Vanity Fair.

“Now, she seems like she’s in a more take-charge position. I’m beginning to see the person who’s going to be queen emerging.”

The Duchess accompanied the Queen and Camilla on the balcony for the Remembrance Day service  Photo: Getty Images

Kaitlin Menza, co-host of the royal-focused podcast, Royally Obsessed, also told the publication she believes Kate has ‘come back with a bang’ from maternity leave’ and believes she wants everyone to know that while Meghan Markle may have been the talk of the town for months, she’s now back to rule the roost.

Indeed, the mum-of-three has been involved in a string of engagements since she came back from maternity leave.

Her first official visit was to Sayers Forest School and Wildlife Garden on October 2 in London.

Then, just a few days later on October 9 she made her way to the Global Ministerial Health Summit in London and one day later she was spotted at the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Kate and William also attended the Tusk Conservation Awards on 8 November (Getty)

The Duchess was also seen on October 12 at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and on October 30 at the Basildon Sporting Village with Prince William.

Just last weekend, the Duchess made headlines all over the world when she appeared on the balcony at a Remembrance Day service and stood right beside the Queen.

It was seen by many as a strong sign from the Queen that she sees Kate as a main member of the royal family.

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