It wasn't always easy for Kate Middleton to adjust to being a part of the royal family, but now it looks like the mom-of-three is thriving.
"Today there is definitely confidence and poise there," expert Ingrid Seward shared. "She has learnt to overcome her shyness."
The brunette beauty, 39, has also leaned on her father-in-law, Prince Charles, who gave her some helpful advice. "She has taken it gently, she didn’t go headlong into everything," Seward said. "On the advice of Prince Charles, you don’t have to rush into taking on hundreds of charities, you can take your time and enjoy your family, and I believe having her family has helped her gain confidence."
Kate and Prince William got married in 2011, and ever since then, she has been an essential member of the royal family.
When the dad-of-three, 39, takes the throne, it sounds like Kate will be prepared.
"The Queen very much regards Catherine as ... a safe pair of hands," expert Joe Little shared with Us Weekly. "She’s been a member of the royal family for 10 years now. I think given that all that’s going on in the past few years in the royal family in terms of the fallouts ... the Queen has great trust in Kate."
"Kate has found her own niche within the royal family," he continued. "And she focuses on things that mean a great deal to her that she feels that she can give something to the charity ... in a great way."
Kate proved herself even more when she hosted a Christmas carol concert in early December.
"She has really come into her own," an insider shared.
Joan Black, who attended the concert, added, "I felt she was really confident. We are doing well if that's our future Queen."