The future Queen’s devotion to her role and unwavering support for Prince William has endeared her to the nation. And while she has spent years hon
The future Queen’s devotion to her role and unwavering support for Prince William has endeared her to the nation. And while she has spent years honing this craft as a frontline royal, experts claim that Sophie, Countess of Wessex may have been an inspiration and guide for her.
Prince Edward’s wife – dubbed the Royal Family’s “secret weapon” – recently celebrated her 57th birthday.
The mother-of-two’s special day came just a week after Kate turned 40.
Despite their 17-year age gap, both women seem to have a sweet and fun bond.
Recently, Sophie, who is also said to be extremely close to the Queen, showed her support for Kate by attending her carol concert at Westminster Abbey before Christmas.
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One thing that Sophie and Kate may have bonded over is the fact they both had relatively normal upbringings.
Sophie grew up in a middle-class family like Kate without any of the trappings of royalty.
Both women attended school and held down regular jobs before marrying into the Firm.
Sophie worked in PR before marrying Edward in 1999 while Kate was employed as an accessories buyer at fashion chain Jigsaw before tying the knot to William in 2011.
Since entering the Firm, both women have navigated the demands of royal life without complaint.
This has included carrying out countless public engagements without fuss – leading to both women now being widely viewed as major assets to the Firm.
And as Sophie had 12 years of experience on Kate, it appears that she was happy to show her the ropes upon entry into the Royal Family.
Speaking to Express.co.uk previously, body language expert Judi James said: “Sophie’s formula does appear to have been copied by Kate too as ‒ so far ‒ she has managed to tread the very fine line of creating interest that is positive but not unmanageable.
“Many of the poses of the two women together show Sophie face-checking Kate with quite strong bouts of watchful-looking eye contact to suggest she’s taking a semi-maternal approach.
“She also [has] raised eyebrows and what’s called a ‘pinging’ smile that implies she wants to ensure Kate is enjoying herself.
“There is some mirroring when the two women walk together but it’s primarily Sophie projecting the stronger signals of relaxed confidence while Kate smiles happily at her side.”