Kate looks confident engagements

Kate Middleton is looking poised and confident while husband Prince William is on a 6-week RAF tour of duty in the Falklands.

Kate, 30, has received expert Royal training from grandmother-in-law the Queen and stepped out on her first solo Royal engagement last week at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

‘The Queen has developed a great affection for Kate and wants her to feel fully supported,’ says an insider.

‘She knows how big a step carrying out official duties will for Kate and has offered to have regular meetings to make sure she feels prepared.’

The Queen has also invited Kate to accompany her on two joint engagements next month as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

‘The Queen is taking a very close interest in the Duchess‘s development,’ a courtier tells the Mail On Sunday.

‘The engagements they will carry out together promise to be invaluable learning opportunities for Kate, as well as being a real honour.’

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