Palace: Kate Has 'Graduated'

Congratulations are apparently in order for the Duchess of Cambridge
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2012 10:13 AM CDT
This Saturday, July 30, 2011 file photo shows Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she arrives for the wedding of Zara Phillips and England rugby star Mike Tindall, in Edinburgh, Scotland.   (AP Photo/Dylan Martinez, pool, File)
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(Newser) – One year after her marriage to Prince William, the former Kate Middleton has something new to celebrate: Her "induction" is now complete and St. James' Palace considers her a "fully fledged member" of the British monarchy, a senior royal source tells CNN. She achieved this vaunted status by fulfilling all her objectives of the past year, including charity work and her first speech, the source explains. Prior to the royal wedding, some had feared the "commoner" Kate would have a difficult transition.

Helping her along: her father-in-law, Prince Charles. "They spend a lot of time together. They go on visits to the opera and art galleries," the source says. "They share passions that neither of the princes share. They get on very well." Kate also has "a warm relationship" with the queen. The source spoke to CNN for its upcoming documentary The Royals: Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, airing May 4. (Meanwhile, everyone is now speculating that Wills and Kate are preparing for parenthood, because of their recent doting over a 3-week-old baby.)

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