How long before the royals hate Kate?
The saving of the modern-day British monarchy, writes Sarah Caden, has been the middle-class Middleton in their ranks
When Kate Middleton and Prince William were first going out together, as students at St Andrew's University in Scotland, the story went that she had a poster of him on her wall as a schoolgirl. The story, whether true or not, had a double effect. It started the spin that the middle-class Middletons were ruthlessly ambitious and on the make for the monarchy from Kate's teens. And it also set up the notion that Kate was in awe of the young prince.
Ah, those were the days. The days when William still had his good looks and his hair. The days when he was the catch of the century. To look at the third in line to the throne at Sandringham on Christmas Day however, was to see that the golden age of William, now Duke of Cambridge, is over. Now, it's all about his wife and the realisation that if anyone has married well in that union, it's William.
It was Kate who had the regal bearing as the Windsors made their annual outing to church. William was a sort of wan companion to her cool poise and the female cousins and sisters-in-law dressed as though they'd tried to second-guess what she might wear. Kate, in her jaunty little hat and forest-green coat, with its thin belt worn to show off her long and narrow waist was a study in apparently effortless chic.