Kate Middleton was in a relationship with Prince William for seven years before they tied the knot on 29 April 2011. Although she was already in royal circles, Kate did not often appeared at official events and royal fans were keen to find out more about the Duchess.

However, she was not always as confident when speaking in her role as the Duchess, according to James Bryce CEO of gweek, the category leader of Speech Intelligence.

He told Express.co.uk: “She gives you a genuine sense of how she feels at the time. She lets authentic self lead the way.

“She is clear in her thinking and speaking process, and stays within her comfort zone. She’s happy not to over-talk. Most of the time she speaks efficiently and on point.”

The Duchess would be forgiven for seeming nervous as she was about to join the important royal family and tie the knot with the future King.

However, she spoke honestly and gave answers which helped the public get a sense of what she was like.

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“Most of the time she speaks efficiently and on point, James added. “There are occasional ‘you know’ and hesitations, but they don’t detract from her overall messaging.

“If anything, the listener may want to see and hear more from her, to get more glimpses of who she is.

“She is authentic but perhaps staying very much on point. There is not much evidence of formal training here.”

However, over the years Kate grew more confident in her royal role and her speeches became more considered.

According to analysis, the mum-of-one spoke from the heart more before she became a royal and seems more focused on a script.

“The script is an obstacle. She’s speaking entirely as it is written on page, with a reading voice as opposed to a speaking voice,” he added.

“Her eye contact goes down at the end of each phrase. There is no evidence of extensive training showing itself here, and it comes across as more of a reading exercise as opposed to speaking.”

Kate is married to Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne and set to be King one day.

Her son, Prince George, six, is third in line for the title and it is likely Kate would get the official title of queen mother if he was to take the throne.

As the queen mother, she would have the same duties and social status as she would as queen consort. 

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.

Education

Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.

Wedding

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

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