ROYAL OPINION: For the first time since her engagement to Prince William in 2010, the Duchess of Cambridge will take part in a TV interview, which is slated to air on March 27. The young royal, and other members of the family, share personal stories about Queen Elizabeth for ITV’s documentary “Our Queen at 90.” The two-hour special comes a few weeks before the monarch’s birthday. The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on April 21 — which is always a private event — and the British monarch’s official birthday, which will be marked this year on June 11, when the Trooping the Colour parade takes place in London. This year, because of her 90th, there will also be a ticketed picnic for the public on June 12.
Dressed in a blue tweed Rebecca Taylor jacket, the duchess said of the Queen: “She’s been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views. But I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance, really, for me. The most memorable engagement for me was an away day to Leicester. I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. I think there is a real art to walkabouts. Everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. So I think I’ve still got to learn a little bit more and to pick up a few more tips I suppose. She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she’s doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really.”
The duchess also spoke about Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Queen’s fourth great-grandchild. “George, at two-and-a-half, calls her Gan-Gan,” she said. “She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we stay. That just shows her love for her family. It’s very special having a new little girl. I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister. The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington [Palace] she was one of our first visitors here.”
Of late, the duchess has been taking part in charitable duties. She headed to Norfolk last Friday, and took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a charity shop.