Queen’s unusual gesture 'speaks volumes' about her relationship with Kate Middleton

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The Queen reportedly made a special gesture to Kate Middleton when she and Prince William were dating that “speaks volumes” about their close bond. 

The Queen is said to have had “private meetings” with Kate Middleton back when she and Prince William were dating, something rarely heard of within the Royal Family. The Duke of Cambridge is currently second in line to the throne and is set to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps as monarch in the future, with Kate Middleton as Queen Consort. And it seems in the early years of William and Kate’s relationship, Her Majesty was keen to meet her grandson’s partner.

It was as they got to know each other that the Queen reportedly made a special gesture to Kate Middleton. As reported by Express.co.uk, royal author Robert Jobson claimed in his 2006 book, William’s Princess, that he was informed about “intimate dinners” attended by the two women. 

Queen Elizabeth II is shown around 'Back to Nature' by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

According to the publication, Robert wrote that he’d spoken to a senior Buckingham Palace insider back in 2005 and had begun to “appreciate just how important Kate was” after hearing a story about an occurrence that is unusual within the Royal Family. 

"I was told that Kate had had a series of private meetings with the Queen,” he claimed.  “The two – joined by William – had had at least two intimate dinners in recent months, and Her Majesty had developed a ‘warm and relaxed relationship’ with her grandson’s girlfriend.”

Robert went on to allege that one of these dinners is thought to have been held at the Queen’s Berkshire home, Windsor Castle. The author also placed great significance on the location choice for this gesture. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a fashion show

He shared, "One of the dinners was said to have taken place at Windsor Castle. This is the Queen’s favourite royal residence and one that she truly regards as home. This was significant in itself."

The royal source supposedly told the author that the Queen was enjoying getting to know Kate and was “delighted” to see Prince William so happy. 

"Her Majesty takes a loving interest in her grandson and heir and she is delighted he is so happy with Kate,” the source explained. "Kate has a wonderfully relaxed manner, and to be so relaxed in the company of the Queen is a good thing. It speaks volumes about how the Queen feels about her."

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony

The Queen’s reported fondness for spending private time with William and Kate early on in their relationship is a wonderful reflection of their close bond and her interest in her grandson’s future. Since then the couple have gone on to become integral working members of The Firm as well as proud parents to three of the Queen’s great-grandchildren

They are understood to be incredibly close with the Queen and have recently visited her at Balmoral as she continues to enjoy her annual summer break. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.