Behind a seemingly innocent snap of Kate Middleton, there’s a distinct clue that she’s being primed to take a big role in the royal family.
In most jobs, top-notch performance might earn an employee a promotion or a workplace-appropriate pat on the back or even, in extreme circumstances, a Woolworths mud cake being proffered in their direction.
But the royal family? Well, they do things a tad differently.
When the Queen wants to express her pleasure with any of the ever-dwindling number of working members of the house of Windsor, she has no end of money-can’t-buy trinkets and treats to shower her lucky ‘employees’ with.
Take in 2019 when she made Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition for doing a stellar job at duchess-ing or 2018 when she made the former apple-of-her-eye, grandson Prince Harry, one of her official aide de camps.
Dispensing priceless pieces from the royal jewellery collections is another one of Her Majesty’s go-to gestures, such as permanently lending Kate the Bahrain pearl drop earrings, (which feature pearls given to her for her 1947 wedding) or the four-string Japanese pearl choker which the monarch herself used to regularly wear.
This week, we can add something new and surprising to this list of royal distinctions she can doll out: getting to zoom around in her very special Bentley.
See, last weekend, when Kate and husband Prince William were seen leaving the London Cenotaph after…