This is what 40 actually looks like. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, rounds out the big 4-0 on January 9th. For almost 11 years, she has shown what it really means to be a future queen consort. She is patient, kind and committed to getting to know the people she will one day serve as Prince Williams’ wife. What’s more, she’s not going to the media every time something does not go her way. Instead, she keeps her head down and gets to work. That’s what a true royal does.
To celebrate Catherine on her milestone birthday, we thought we would review five of her most selfless moments over the past 11 years.
Shares his children with the world
Catherine understood from the beginning that being a royal means you have to share some of your family life with the world. Moreover, that’s what she and William have been doing since their eldest child, Prince George, was born in 2013. To make it something special, she takes pictures of the children herself.
While classifying herself as an amateur photographer, Catherine has a way of adding a personal touch to the photos. She can bring out the personalities of George, Charlotte and Louis that a professional cannot. The pictures are published on the children’s birthdays or other occasions that she deems appropriate. An example is the picture of Charlotte with the butterfly in her hands.
Another picture Catherine herself took was in 2018 of the Queen, the late Prince Philip and the seven great-grandchildren born at that time.
This image was released after the death of Prince Philips in April 2021. It triggered a setback because Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was not in the picture, when in fact he had not been born yet when he was born in 2019.
Catherine rarely steps out of the queue when it comes to fashion. While wearing prom dresses, she goes in jeans and sneakers when the occasion demands it. Unlike a certain former royal, the Duchess of Cambridge does not pay a fortune for her clothes and will wear outfits again after a long time.
She will wear outfits from Zara and other non-luxury brands. Moreover, the expensive brands will only come into play, usually for formal events. Catherine exudes class and elegance in everything she wears. While there are some outfits that we do not necessarily like, there are individuals who do. Also, almost everything is tailored to fit her like a glove.
Catherine is not petty and does not have to spend a million pounds / dollar to look good.
The Catherine’s Hold Still competition was a great success and a book with the 100 photos from the winners was published. One of the winners was Lynda Sneddon, whose young daughter Mila was diagnosed with cancer. With her little girl engaged in chemo, Lynda took a picture of her partner and Mila on either side of the window as he could not be in the house with them.
In addition, Catherine took the time to call Sneddons and the other finalists in person and ask them questions about how their photos came to be. As she talked to Lynda and Mila, Catherine commented on how polite Mila was and allowed her to ask her a question, which was whether she was wearing a pink princess dress.
Catherine admitted she was not, but promised that when they met in person, she would. The Duchess kept her promise. When she and Prince William were in Scotland, they met with the Sneddon family in Hollyrood. They kept in touch and the family was invited to Westminster Abbey Carols for Christmas service.
Catherine is a modest person who is always willing to answer questions from the public, no matter how unexpected. While out on an engagement, the Duchess of Cambridge was asked if she was a princess. She kindly replied that she was not a princess but a duchess.
A princess is born. Princess Charlotte, Catherine and Williams’ only daughter, is a princess when she was born as one. The same goes for Princess Anne and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Catherine’s answer stands in stark contrast to her sister-in-law, whom we shall not mention. Said another Duchess was asked on a school visit to Harlem, New York, if she was a princess, and she said, “Yes, I am a princess.” This answer was referenced in a now deleted video from a mother whose child went to school and the child told her what was said by the American Duchess.
The Duchess of Cambridge is not full of herself. She does not walk around bragging about her privilege as it is not the center of her universe. Her family is.
To our last point, we wanted to explore how Catherine is always grateful. Unlike a certain person, the Duchess of Cambridge was to earn everything she was allowed to. It took years.
She knows what her future brings for her. One day she will be King William V’s queen partner, if that’s the name he chooses to take. Catherine understands what her role is. She supports her husband and does not draw attention to herself as she is not the star of the show.