Prince William’s ‘flawless’ marriage to ‘commoner’ Kate changed royal tradition

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Kate Middleton and Prince William’s marriage has been hailed as being ‘different’ to other royals by a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary this year after being married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, dated for the better part of a decade.

Following the couple's tenth anniversary celebrations, royal historian Sarah Gristwood spoke about the relationship, saying it has "done the monarchy a lot of good".

Ms Gristwood, who wrote Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe, noted that, historically, the Royal Family marries to "cement" powerful alliances.

But William and Kate’s marriage marked a change in tradition, as the Duchess was a "commoner".

She said: "Historically royal princes married to cement an alliance with a foreign power but William’s marriage to Kate Middleton was different.

"Kate was a commoner and thus cemented an affiliation with the British people, which has done the monarchy a lot of good."

Speaking to Vanity Fair in May, Ms Gristwood added the Royal Family is changing with the times to a more modern system of marriage.

She told the outlet: "The royal family must be watching and learning.

"This middle-class girl from Berkshire has actually managed a seamless and fairly flawless move into the royal family.

"She’s endeared herself to the family and the public by being the old style of royal, she’s now modifying the pitch."

It comes following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal tour of Scotland at the end of May.

Royal expert Rebecca English told MailPlus Palace Confidential: "Obviously there are people in Scotland who are pro-independence and dislike the monarchy and I've seen on my Twitter timeline a few messages from them – but they've actually been pretty few and far between.

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"I think that's maybe down to the fact that they haven't gone swanning around in fancy cars and planes amid great pomp and ceremony.

"This whole trip has been very, very carefully planned and it's about getting down to grassroots levels, speaking to people, thanking people in the community who have gone above and beyond in the pandemic."

Melanie Phillips, journalist and Times columnist, praised the Cambridges as a "royal relief" after the tour.

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She said: "Given Scotland’s chippiness — to put it mildly — towards the English aristocracy, it would hardly seem likely to be bowled over by a royal visit.

"Yet wherever the Cambridges went, barriers just seemed to melt away.

"This is largely because Kate and William project a classless image. Their diction isn’t stilted.

"They don’t go in for pomp or ceremony, or pursuits that set them apart from ordinary people. They appear warm, approachable and informal."

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