Imagine a world where Kate Middleton - the Duchess of Cambridge - became The Queen of England. The current Queen of England is sitting tight on the throne and Prince Charles has been first-in-line for an aching 65 years, which means he is the longest waiting heir in British history.
Should Charles eventually become King, he will also be the oldest - so it makes perfect sense for the duty to be passed down to Prince William. Royal Insider Ephraim Hardcastle told the Daily Mail that Charles would likely pass on the throne or give it up after a short reign "as a means of expressing regret that he had to wait so long”. Now if that was to happen we would have a new reigning monarch - Queen Kate.
Of course, Kate would be Queen Consort rather than a Queen Regnant but still, she will bag the title all the same. She came from humble beginnings and won the heart of Prince William when they both attended University together. Their blossoming friendship soon turned into a romance and now she is edging closer and closer to the crown.
Here we take a look into the future and exactly what crazy things would happen if Queen Kate becomes an actual thing.
When royal occasions take place at the palace, Kate must already be exhausted as according to the rules of the court she is expected to bow to the blood princesses. Only when she is not accompanied by Prince William, she must bow to Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. When Prince William becomes King she will also be expected to bow at the crowning ceremony. On her wedding day in 2011, the ceremony was watched on the BBC by 24 million viewers so the crowning ceremony will be just as crazy.
Currently police guardsmen at the palace bow to Kate - something that took her some time to adjust to. One former courtier told The Daily Mail, "At first (she was) embarrassed by all this courtly attention from people she barely knows. But she’ll soon come to realize that it’s not what she wants, but what everybody else wants that matters when it comes to people showing their respect."
There is a secret plan that is in place for when her Majesty the Queen finally passes away and the code name for the operation is 'London Bridge Is Down.' The last time the country lost a British monarch was 65-years-ago when King George VI passed away and Queen Elizabeth II took the crown. When the code is sent out using special equipment, it will circulate fast on a strict need to know basis then the public will hear the news shortly after.
Radio stations will then have to turn the tracks down to 'Mood 2' (sad) or 'Mood 1' (saddest) songs. BBC radio producer Chris Price told the Huffington Post, "If you ever hear Haunted Dancehall (Nursery Remix) by Sabres of Paradise on daytime Radio 1, turn the TV on. Something terrible has just happened." Kate will likely be one of the first people to know about 'London Bridge Is Now' and within that same day, it will be decided if her future will be as Queen of England.
Prince Charles is not the most popular option for the throne. Firstly, he is a divorcee, something which the Royal family have always looked down upon - in 1936, Edward VIII gave up the throne so he could marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Also, Charles has been accused on many occasions of "meddling" in politics and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, lost a lot of popularity with the public after her affair with the Prince was revealed.
The jealousy between Camilla and Kate has always been rife as Camilla is best known for destroying the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, whereas Kate is best known for her charm, elegance, and style. So it's no surprise that Kate scores big on the popularity charts and Camilla will just have to sit back and watch her rise through the monarchy.
The death of The Queen might mean the end of the Commonwealth which includes sixteen countries where she is the official Head of State including Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore and South Africa. Many of the Commonwealth countries were not willing to be part of the British Empire and this might mean in the future they will no longer be part of it.
If Kate was to become Queen, she might notice a lot of countries will hold a referendum and cut ties with Britain under her rule. Historian Dr. Anna Whitelock told The Independent, "All of those questions about 'What the hell do we want this kind of unelected family (for)? What does that represent in Britain today?', all these profound questions have been held in check because of the Queen." She added, "I would say by 2030 there will be definite louder clamors for the eradication of the monarchy. I can't say that there won't be a monarchy. I would definitely say that the monarchy - its purpose, what it's about, will be questioned and challenged in a way that it hasn't been before."
Since the Queen has taken a step back from royal engagements, Prince Charles has adapted to the role and since 2015 he carried out 527 official engagements. When Kate rises up the ranks in the palace she will be expected to attend just as many public engagements. This would mean spending less time with her children as she will be expected to juggle her royal duties and also her role as a busy mother-of-three.
Kate's two children are already keeping her on her toes, she told the media, "(Prince George) has a scooter. He's going super fast on it. It's hard to keep up with him. Charlotte is keeping him in check. She's getting bigger by the day." She is currently pregnant with her third child - due Summer 2018 - and the world is waiting to find out everything about her new addition to the royal family.
Last year, Kate was voted the UK's most UK’s most influential female style icon by Rakuten Marketing. A membership fo their research team revealed, "Alongside celebrity icons like Kate Middleton, bloggers and vloggers have become go-to personalities for fashion inspiration." She gained 29% of the vote overall.
Just like Princess Diana before her, she is talked about for what she wears in almost every media outlet in the UK. Her hairdresser Richard Ward is now known as the ‘king of the perfect blow dry’ and the waiting list at his Knightsbridge salons endless making it almost impossible to get an appointment - unless you're Kate herself, of course. Now she will likely have her sights set on becoming the most fashionable Queen of all time.
Pregnant Kate is due to give birth to her third child next year and if she has another son that doesn't mean the heir will leapfrog over Princess Charlotte who is fourth in line to the throne. Former Prime Minister David Cameron said, "The idea that a younger son should become Monarch instead of an elder daughter, simply because he is a man just isn’t acceptable anymore. The thinking behind these rules is wrong."
Princess Charlotte might have an easier time as a Royal than those before her. Prince Recalling Princess Diana's funeral, Prince Harry told Newsweek, "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances." Looks like there might be some more relaxed rules for the children in the royal family.
Kate's transition to Queen might not go as smoothly as planned because she has never been really into the role or the responsibility. Prince Harry told Newsweek that no Royal wants to take the throne but they do it for "the greater good." When he was asked, "Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen?" he replied, "I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time."
No matter what happens, Prince William will be her rock throughout. She said during her official engagement interview, "It's quite a daunting prospect. Hopefully, I'll take it in my stride. William's a great teacher, he'll be able to help me along the way and I really look forward to that."
In the week following the death of Princess Diana, there was a 33.7 percent rise in suicides among women in Britain and the overall suicide rate increased by 17.4 percent. The same mourning and depression are likely to repeat itself after the death of the Queen as the country will be plunged into dark times.
Both Kate and Prince Harry have founded their own charity - The Heads Together charity which helps to raise awareness surrounding mental health issues. Kate previously said, "Whether it was homelessness, military with (Harry), addiction with me and bereavement (William and Harry), there was a sort of underlying thread of mental health." Prince Harry added, "It's always sold as though everyone else's life is perfect. That's the problem and therefore if you think everyone else's life is perfect, there must be something wrong with me."
If Kate does become the Queen then she will become the only female British monarch to have a degree. In 2005, she achieved a 2:1 MA Hons degree in History of Art from the University of St. Andrews, which is the same University where she met Prince William. She told the student newspaper that she attended the University to "get an overall education in all aspects of life."
Prince William joked about student life, "It's often said by the undergraduates of St Andrews that you leave the university in either one of two states: either married or an alcoholic. Fortunately for Catherine and me, we ended up married." When the pair visited the University to celebrate it's 600th anniversary, William said, "This is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home."
The Queen has a very traditional and British wardrobe - her shoes are from designers Anello & Davide of Kensington, her hats are from Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Angela Kelly has been her personal dresser since 1994. She is traditionally dressed in bright outfits so she can be easily seen by the public when she attends official engagements.
If Kate decides to fill these shoes then she will have to give up her love for high street designers like Reiss, Zara, Gap, and Topshop. When Kate steps out in one of their designs, it's an instant sell out. When she wore a $200 Reiss dress to meet Michelle Obama, the design sold out online in seconds. Reiss founder David Reiss said, "There is no question that Kate choosing to wear Reiss has impacted our brand. We have noticed a significant increase in terms of brand interest and awareness globally, strengthening existing markets and attracting attention in markets we are yet to enter." The 'Kate Effect' is a powerful one.
When Kate becomes Queen, she will have 775 rooms - including 19 Staterooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms at Buckingham Palace at her disposal. However, if the Queens's corgis are still in the house then she will have to learn they are the real bosses of the house. One royal insider revealed, "The Queen's Corgis are allowed unrestricted access to any part of any Royal residence; nowhere is off-limits. They also are not fully house-trained so a supply of soda water and blotting paper is kept at hand just in case of any ‘little accidents.'"
Currently, Prince William and Kate are living at Kensington Palace where they have much more privacy including an 820ft-long wall of conifers along the walls. On average, Buckingham Palace has around 400,000 visitors a year so they will be noticing a huge change in their household.
Kate and Prince William aren't as PDA-friendly as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they prefer to follow the Queen's tradition when it comes to marriage. Body language expert Robin Kermode told the Daily Mail, "There's no written rule that says that William and Kate can't kiss or hold hands in public, but as we know, the royal family is taught to follow the queen's lead. The queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public, and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals."
No marriage is perfect and if Kate is unhappy then she will have to look at all options but not divorce. Since 2002, the Church of England has allowed divorced people to remarry in certain situations however if she is eventually Queen then this won't be an option for. They seem happy enough so we're sure there's nothing to worry about really.
Kate might be 36-years-old and close to giving birth to her third child but even the Queen didn’t stop having children until she was in her late 30s. The arrival of her newborn will extend the royal family to 22 living members and it’s rumored that Kate would like an even bigger family.
However, many have advised her against any more babies as she should ‘lead by example’ when it comes to the increasing population. Speaking with the Daily Star, Anne Green, executive director of Having Kids, said "Having smaller families is the single best thing we can do to reduce the damage caused by future climate change. It is time we faced that fact. It’s this simple: all kids deserve a fair start at birth, and to be free from a dangerous future. Choosing smaller families is how we get there.”
Once Kate moves up the ranks to HRH status, she will quickly begin to realize that press interviews are now a thing of the past. Kate will still command worldwide media attention but just like the Queen - she will avoid giving one-to-one interviews and in 65 years on the throne it's something she's never done. There are a few reasons why the Queen refuses interviews and that's because she's rarely prepared for them and it's also a risk that a journalist might turn the conversation to a topic less suitable.
Kate has given several interviews in the past and she isn't shy when it comes to talking about her family life. Last year, during a charity event, she revealed about motherhood, "Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.”
Queen Elizabeth has a staggering net worth of $515 million and she takes home an annual salary of $61 million. The money is spent on royal travel, investments, social occasions like garden parties and charity events, and to pay for the upkeep of residences like Buckingham Palace. Even if the government changes hands, her income is still protected by law so this amount will be passed on to the next lucky heir that takes the throne.
That's a huge pay rise for Kate as she currently receives around $3 million a year from Kensington Palace for her household. The money is for travel expenses, staff costs, and of course - her wardrobe. The biggest expense is her globe-trotting as a trip to Japan and China cost around $76,000 and a separate trip to New York set them back $18,000 according to People magazine.
It’s true that it’s lonely at the top and when Kate moves into Buckingham Palace security will be even tighter and this will mean her close friends won’t find it so easy to visit. Kate is already close to her Private Secretary Rebecca Deacon and the pair will only become like sisters as they will spend the majority of their time together.
Deacon organizes Kate’s schedule and accompanies her to the events – however, she is mostly in the background and rarely caught on camera. She’s been a trusted advisor to the royal family since 2007 when she helped with Diana’s memorial concert and she was also crucial in organizing the royal wedding. If there is one woman who knows all the secrets of the royal household – it’s her.
Kate has a great sense of humor and when she is out enjoying public engagements she always has the crowd entertained. We're sure being able to raise a smile on so many people's faces is one of the reasons Prince William fell for her since day one. Prince Harry is pleased that the younger Royals are able to "carry on the positive atmosphere that the Queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won’t be trying to fill her boots. We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people."
He told Vanity Fair, "We don’t want to dilute the magic. The British public and the whole world need institutions like it." Could her reign be the years of the coolest monarchy we know of yet? Certainly looks like it's heading that way.
Royalists have pointed out that Kate's father Michael Middleton is the first grandfather of a future king - Prince George - not to bear a title and in more than 1,000 years the future king or queen has always had royal grandparents. When Kate steps up to take the throne, she most likely will grant her parents the title of Earl and Countess but whether they will need it is a different matter. Becoming an Earl rather than a Duke is something former royal editor Charles Mosley recommends as he told The Telegraph, "A dukedom would be too much – and anyway you’d have to be colossally rich to support such a title."
Prince William said of his in-laws during his engagement interview, "Kate's got a very, very close family. Mike and Carole have been really loving and caring, and really fun. They have been welcoming towards me so I've felt really a part of the family."
Kate Middleton who? When Prince William takes the throne he will be titled His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Kate will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Catherine of Wales. William’s mother Diana was the last Princess of Wales before her divorce in 1996.
Kate has been likened to the late Princess on many occasions, aside from dressing quite similar, they also both grew up in modest English homes before becoming royalty. They both worked ordinary jobs at one point – Diana was a nanny and Kate was an accessory buyer for a fashion company. Also, both women have contributed to charities and became a people’s favorite thanks to their generosity. If there was anyone worthy of Princess Diana’s former title then it would be Kate.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, independent.co.uk