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On 29 April, as they mark their 10th anniversary, Prince William and Kate Middleton can expect a very special tribute from a grateful and affectionate Queen, a royal expert has revealed.
Duncan Larcombe, one of only six journalists invited to the Cambridges’ wedding, exclusively tells OK! about how the royal family will mark the anniversary.
“It’s impossible to underestimate just what an achievement this milestone represents,” he says. “William and Kate have got through 10 years of marriage and royal duties without so much as a moan.”
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“Like any couple, they’ve had their ups and downs, their rows and tensions. But their commitment to the Queen and to this country has been unwavering… and the controversy over Meghan and Harry’s departure from the UK has made that even clearer.
“So, Her Majesty will be keen to recognise their decade of loyal service and, in particular, celebrate Kate’s unique contribution to The Firm.”
But how she will do so is still unclear.
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Duncan continues: “An anniversary dinner or reception is obviously impossible because of the Covid-19 pandemic. And I don’t think the Queen will bestow any new honours or titles on the couple either. In 2019, she marked Kate’s eighth year in The Firm by appointing her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.”
“But she is conscious of the fact that their status could soon change dramatically – when her own reign comes to an end,” he continued. “Whatever she decides, as a Queen and grandmother, she will not let this occasion pass without paying tribute to Kate and William.”
The couple are said to be planning a low-key celebration with their three children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis – who turns three just six days before their anniversary – at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where the family have spent lockdown.
“I’m sure William would love to whisk Kate off for a second honeymoon to the Seychelles,” Duncan says.
“Or return to the lodge at the foot of Mount Kenya, where he proposed in October 2010. But they will be perfectly happy to spend the day with the children, Zoom with the Queen and Prince Charles and Camilla, and possibly have an online party with friends in the evening,” he adds.
We must wait and see how the Queen marks this special anniversary for William and Kate. But there can be no doubt that she will remember their excellent wedding day in 2011 as a crucial landmark in the long history of the monarchy.
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Duncan adds: “The royal family has had a very turbulent three years. So now more than ever, they are looking for stability."
“The royal tectonic plates have shifted and, whether we like to admit it or not, Queen Elizabeth’s reign is drawing to a close, so the focus must be on the future," he continues. "Charles will still succeed his mother, but everyone knows that King William and Queen Catherine are the future."
“Her Majesty must give thanks every day that William picked such a dutiful, reliable wife,” he concluded.
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