Kate and Prince William 'have their row and tensions' – but duty to Queen is 'unwavering'

Kate and William have not backtracked on their pledge to serve the country and the Crown after getting married in April 2011, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe said. And they have done so despite experiencing “ups and downs” like any other normal couple does, he added.

He told OK! magazine: “William and Kate have got through 10 years of marriage and royal duties without so much as a moan.

“Like any couple, they’ve had their ups and downs, their rows and tensions.

“But their commitment to the Queen and to this country has been unwavering, and the controversy over Meghan and Harry’s departure from the UK has made that even clearer.”

Kate and Prince William got married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, in a televised fairytale wedding watched on TV by more than 35 million people in Britain alone.

Throughout the past decade, they had three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and steadily increased their commitment to the Crown.

During the first years of their marriage, Prince William was not a full-time working royal.

In fact, he was a member of the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force until September 2013, more than two years into his marriage with Kate.

During that time, he was deployed to the Irish Sea and the Falkland Islands.

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In 2014, the Duke of Cambridge accepted a full-time role as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport.

However, during the same year he also carried out a key royal tour to Australia with Kate and their firstborn Prince George.

The Duke of Cambridge left his position as a pilot in July 2017 to take on a full-time role as senior member of the Royal Family.

A month later, his grandfather Prince Philip retired from public duties.


Over the past decade, Kate’s role within the Royal Family also evolved with the Duchess becoming more and more prominent as she gained experience and duties.

Last year alone, she launched a landmark nationwide survey analysing what Britain thinks of the early years and what impact they have on the development of children.

This study and the research work that followed are part of Kate’s years-long interest in the first five years of the life of children.

In 2020 Kate also launched the successful Hold Still photography contest and stood with Prince William by NHS staff to raise awareness on the mental toll the pandemic is taking on frontline workers.

In December, the couple became joint patrons of NHS Charities Together.

The Queen, Mr Larcombe believes, will want to mark Kate and William’s decade as Duke and Duchess in the Royal Family, despite the limitations brought by COVID-19.

He said: “An anniversary dinner or reception is obviously impossible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“And I don’t think the Queen will bestow any new honours or titles on the couple either.”

He added: “But she is conscious of the fact that their status could soon change dramatically – when her own reign comes to an end.

“Whatever she decides, as a Queen and grandmother, she will not let this occasion pass without paying tribute to Kate and William.”

The monarch already bestowed honours upon the Cambridges over the past few years.

Kate received in 2017 the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II – an honour reserved only to female members of the Firm – and in 2019 became Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

Since marrying Kate, Prince William became in 2012 Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and, among other appointments, he was included in the Queen’s Privy Council in 2016.

Most recently, he was named Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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