The Duchess has developed a stronger bond with the monarch after the birth of her three children – George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one. Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said the reserved nature of Kate and the Queen meant it took them a while to warm up to each other. She told OK!: “Both women are actually quite shy so it’s taken time for them to get to this stage, but they have a very easy relationship now they’ve both made the effort.
“The Queen loves seeing Kate because it’s an opportunity to spend time with her and hear how her great grandchildren are doing.”
Ms Nicholl claimed Kate has made a conscious effort to make the Queen feel as involved as possible in her children’s lives.
The royal expert also revealed how the Duchess is expected to attend the Royal Family gathering at Sandringham this festive season.
The Queen and Kate have a common interest in photography which has helped them to bond, royal sources claim.
Her Majesty is a keen photographer and keeps photo albums with her wherever she travels in Britain.
The two women even use the same brand of camera.
A source told Fabulous Digital: “The Queen is a keen photographer and, like the Duchess of Cambridge, she uses a Leica camera.
“Her monogrammed leather navy albums of the pictures she has taken of her travels and her family and pets travel with her wherever she goes.”
The Duchess will take over as the new royal patron of the charity Family Action.
Her Majesty had held the post of being patron for 65 years before handing the reigns to Kate, reiterating her trust in the Duchess.
The reports came after Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, will not be spending Christmas with the Queen.
A spokesman revealed the couple will instead be spending the festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Archie in an undisclosed location.
Ms Nicholl claimed the Queen will be looking forward to the annual Christmas get together.
She said: “I imagine spending Christmas at Sandringham with her grandchildren and great grandchildren will be something she’s very much looking forward to.
“So Kate and William are doing the dutiful thing and putting the royal family first.”
The Palace stressed Meghan and Harry’s decision to miss the Royal Family’s traditional Christmas celebrations on the Norfolk estate was in now way seen as a “snub”.
It comes after they turned down an invitation to join her at Balmoral this Summer.
Her Majesty is said to be “supportive” of the Duke and Duchess’ decision and understands the couple want time out off the spotlight and for Meghan to be able to spend her first Christmas with her mother for two years.