Duchess Kate Middleton Is Reportedly 'Finding Her Voice’ before Becoming the Queen

Multiple sources believe Kate Middleton is succeeding in working towards establishing herself in the royal family. It is revealed to PEOPLE, she is on the path to be the future Queen. 

This week's cover story for PEOPLE, reveals that sources close to the royal family believe the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton "is finding her voice." Many people indicate that she is gaining more confidence in her ability to cement her role as the future Queen of England. 

Speaking to PEOPLE, sources have observed that she has changed since becoming a wife and mother to three children. It is revealed that these roles in Middleton’s life have shaped her public persona and influenced her passions. A family source explains:

"She is now more open with what she wants to say, and funnily enough, she is more relaxed as well."

Since marrying Prince William in 2011, Middleton has been supporting causes focused on childhood development and parenthood. It is reported that she has taken a more active role in supporting communities and her royal patronages related to these causes.

Representing a child protection charity, which Middleton has worked with, the director of strategy at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Kate Stanley reveals:

"The Duchess wouldn't just join us, she would stay for the whole meeting."

Taking on a more active role with her royal duties, sources also claim Middleton is writing most of her own speeches. Middleton who has admitted to being shy has some observers noticing a change in her confidence and her delivery when she speaks in public. 

Taking a lesson from her own life, Middleton has been focusing on encouraging children to play outdoors more. By creating communal gardens, that are similar to the ones her own children play in, she feels it is beneficial for mental and physical development.

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🚜 Today The Duchess of Cambridge opened the #BacktoNature play garden at @RHSWisley and attended the Back to Nature festival with @The_RHS Ambassador Mary Berry, which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project. The Back to Nature play garden was inspired by The Duchess’s designs and includes elements such as the hollow log 🌳 from the #RHSChelsea Flower Show garden, and the wildflower meadow 🌼 and rolling hill ⛰️ showcased at #RHSHampton. New features include two connected treehouses and slides which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. The garden was designed by landscape architects Davies White with input from the RHS, and will be a permanent installation at RHS Garden Wisley. Her Royal Highness has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger. The Duchess took the opportunity to invite many of them to the ‘Back to Nature’ Festival to celebrate their contribution to society and to further highlight the importance of those involved in the Early Years sector coming together to support a fundamental change in how society approaches childhood development 📷 Kensington Palace / PA

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During a recent unveiling of a third “Back to Nature” permanent garden, one observer points out how she has noticed a change in the presentation of Middleton speech, saying;

"I was really struck by how much more confident Kate is at public speaking. Today's engagement was very her, and she was in her relaxed element, but I remember when her elocution lessons left her with strangled vowels & v nervous delivery. Lovely job today."

In her speech for the garden unveiling, at the Nature festival at RHS Wisely, she shares a personal message saying:

"As a parent, I have learned just how important it is to foster our children's development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born."

As she is groomed to become Queen, relying on her personal life has helped Middleton become a more relatable public figure.

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200 years ago today Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace — now the home of Victoria’s great-great-great-great-grandson, The Duke of Cambridge. To mark the anniversary, we’re exploring the @RoyalCollectionTrust to take a look at significant moments at Kensington Palace in Victoria’s life. 1. Princess Victoria first met her future husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, at Kensington Palace in 1836. This painting by Alexandre-Jean Dubois Drahonet from 1832 shows a young Victoria in Kensington Palace Gardens, with the Palace visible in the background on the right side of the painting. 2. On the death of her Uncle William IV in the early hours of 20 June 1837, Victoria became Queen at the age of just 18. This painting by Sir David Wilkie depicts the moment later that morning when Princess Victoria heard of her accession to the throne. She recorded the incident which took place at Kensington Palace in her journal; I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning and consequently that I am Queen. 3. On the day of her accession Queen Victoria held her first council in the Red Saloon at Kensington Palace, shown in this painting by Sir David Wilkie. Charles Greville, present at the council, later remarked that Victoria handled the occasion with ‘perfect calmness and self-possession’. Three weeks later, Victoria moved from Kensington Palace into Buckingham Palace. 4. Princess Louise, Victoria’s sixth child, designed this statue of her mother in 1893, which now sits outside Kensington Palace. This summer, a special new exhibition ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ will tell the story of how the young Queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. Visit @RoyalCollectionTrust to find out more. Images used courtesy of Royal Collection Trust.

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Prince William is second in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles. When Prince Charles is made King, Middleton's royal title will change from the Duchess of Cambridge to the Princess of Wales. This title will remain as she waits to inherit the role of Queen.

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