Kate Middleton, 38, is the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, also 38. Prince William is second in line to the throne and it is likely he will be King one day. If he was to take on this position, Kate would probably become Queen Consort.
While she already has senior royal responsibilities, the Queen Consort role would see her share the same social rank and status as the monarch.
Kate has been part of the Royal Family for 10 years and has already been making changes towards her future role, according to stylist and lecturer at the Fashion Retail Academy in London Anthony McGrath.
He explained her preparation for her future role of Queen began many years ago.
“As Kate transitioned to her role as the Duchess of Cambridge, her style inevitably evolved,” Anthony explained.
“Since Kate has been in the limelight she has always been somewhat of a conservative dresser, whether that was because she wanted to prove herself to the Royal Family or was her own personal style, who knows, but she was rarely seen in anything too risqué.
“However, since marrying Prince William and officially becoming a member of the Royal Family, her outfits have certainly become more modest.”
There are various fashion rules that members of the Royal Family are expected to follow.
For example, royal women will usually wear tights and avoid wearing outfits with high hemlines.
By sticking to modest styles that are in line with royal protocol, the mother-of-three is showing herself as a key part of the Royal Family, according to the expert.
He continued: “She had to leave behind the flirty and floaty dress, thigh-skimming minis and low-cut evening gowns.
“Instead, she introduced skirt suits and coat dresses, which have since become staple items in her wardrobe and are frequently her go-to looks for public engagements.
“She also introduced an array of A-lines dresses in various different colours, decorative hats for formal events and closed-toe shoes.
“Stockings also became a ‘must’ every time she wore an outfit that bared her legs.”
Kate has managed to develop her own style over the years, Anthony explained.
While she respects tradition, her stylish looks are often sought after by royal fans.
The expert suggested she has managed to stick to her own style without straying too far from what is expected of her as a royal.
He added: “In addition to well-known designers, the Duchess has also been seen wearing high street names such as Zara and Topshop.
“She is worth a weight in gold to high street retailers because whenever photos of her emerge wearing one of their items, it usually sells out within hours.
“While she now most certainly has a more demure, Duchess-worthy wardrobe, we must give her credit for staying true to who she has and not moulding herself into something else entirely.
“Slowly, but surely, she has refined her style over the years and her style is without a doubt, suitable for a future Queen.”