Recently, Kate Middleton embarked on her first solo trip to Denmark, where she met with Crown Princess Mary and Queen Margrethe, went down a slide at the Lego Foundation Playlab and even chopped some wood when she attended a kindergarten class.
“Kate seemed more relaxed without William, who can be a bit fussy when he’s on royal jobs," royal expert Robert Jobson pointed out about the trip. "The fact that she went down that slide, I’m not sure she necessarily would have done that if he was there. She was on good form, all smiles, very confident. Probably more confident than when she’s alongside William. She spoke very well. I thought she really came out of herself when she was there ... She didn’t have to refer to William. When you see them together, she’s always double-checking whether it’s the right thing to do, even now.”
Though the 39-year-old prince was not alongside his wife, expert Ingrid Seward believes that he would have been so happy with how she handled everything.
"The 40-year-old Duchess of Cambridge has started what looks like her toughest working year yet with a solo trip to Denmark," she shared. "Kate loves a challenge and arriving in Copenhagen on her own without the support of William might have been a little testing, but Kate will take it all in her well-shod stride. She is confident and she is also passionate about her subject and is determined to make a success of the opportunity to take the work of her childhood foundation international. No one has any doubts about Kate’s ability to manage whatever she wants to do with grace and aplomb, she is more than a safe pair of hands."
According to Seward, Kate emulated Princess Diana, who was deemed "the people's princess."
"There are similarities to the way Princess Diana did things all those years ago. Diana’s first solo trip abroad was to Norway in early 1984. She has just discovered she was pregnant for the second time but no announcement had been made," Seward noted. "When Diana arrived in Norway, she found a note inside her suitcase written by her husband which read, ‘We were so proud of you’ and was signed ‘Willie wombat and I.’ (the nickname Charles and Diana gave to their son at the time.) Maybe Kate too will have a note from William. I am certain that he is very proud of her."