As the nation hangs out the bunting and last minute preparations are put in place for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge is also getting ready for one of her most important roles as a member of the Royal Family yet.
Kate, or Catherine as she is officially known, is keen to let the Queen shine on her big weekend, but she knows all eyes will also be on her, as she joins her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Prince Philip, as a key companion for her Majesty throughout the line-up of prestigious events.
Since marrying Prince William last year, Kate has consistently impressed during her official Royal engagements, delivering her first public speech in a calm manner that showcased her warm personality and saw her win praise from critics and the Queen alike.
The Queen is said to be extremely fond of her granddaughter-in-law and she has praised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for helping re-spark interest in the Royal Family.
She is also proud of the way Kate conducts herself in public, and the fact that she’s happy to appear in the same dress more than once.
In an article dedicated to the Queen as she approaches her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Roy Strong, a royal historian, claims the monarch has praised the Duchess for her decision not to “spend, spend spend.”
But this weekend is set to see the Duchess thrust into the spotlight as she accompanies the Queen at a host of events, set to be watched around the globe.
Amongst her duties, Kate will join William and the group of core royals, as they accompany the Queen down the aisle of St Paul's Cathedral, as she arrives for a special Thanksgiving service to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
On Sunday, while street parties takes place up and down the land, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen on her royal barge, for the spectacular Jubilee pageant down the River Thames, which will see 1000 boats take to the water.
One of the highlights of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Kate takes place on Monday, when she is expected to attend the concert being organised by Gary Barlow, which is taking palace outside Buckingham Palace. A huge music fan, with a soft-spot for Take That, she will be singing along, as acts, including Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Jessie J and Kylie, perform.
On Tuesday, Kate will join the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and many member of the Royal Family for the National Service of Thanksgiving, to Celebrate her Majesty’s Jubilee as St Paul’s Cathedral.
She will then attend the Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall, before travelling to Buckingham Palace along a processional route by carriage.
Finally, Kate and fellow Royals will take to the Buckingham Palace balcony to enjoy a special moment with the Queen, as they watch an RAF Flypast. This moment will bring back fond memories for Kate and Wills as last year they delighted the world when they shared a double kiss on the balcony, after their wedding.
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