Kate Middleton hits the books as she learns how to be a Royal

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When Kate Middleton left St Andrews University, she thought her studying days were behind her – not any more.

The Duchess of Cambridge is currently spending her time learning how to be a Royal, and it’s not all fancy dresses, how to position one’s tiara and wave in the correct manner to passing crowds.

According to the Daily Mail, Kate is set to have meetings with senior members of respected institutions to be given tutorials on media, the arts and government.

As the wife of the future King, it is key that she is fully prepared for official duties.

A palace source told the paper: “The duchess is being briefed on how the state works, getting to know our national institutions better and learning more about organisations such as the arts, the media and the government. It is a process that will carry on for several months.

“As well as meetings at St James’s Palace, the duchess is spending time carrying out private research of her own.”

While Kate brushes up on her Royal knowledge, her official engagements are expected to be limited to one a month.

The charities she will be supporting as Royal Patron will be announced in the New Year but in the meantime, Kate and William will open a children's centre at the Royal Marsden cancer hospital next week.

She is also believed to be keen to work with children’s charity Starlight, which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and entertains over half a million kids in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

Speaking of Kate’s potential involvement, Henny Breakwell of the Starlight Children’s Foundation told The Telegraph: “Any charity would be delighted to have her support. She and Prince William have both been great supporters in the past and attended fundraising events.”

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