The quiet making of our future queen
It is arguably one of the best photos ever taken of the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate captured not only the somber mood of the occasion, but also the steely determination of a grieving family. Her sad green eyes stared straight at the lens as she arrived at Windsor Castle for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday. Taken by Getty photographer Chris Jackson, who is married to the Duchess’ stylist Natasha Archer, the extraordinary image revealed the steady but serious gaze of a royal whose decade in the monarchy was characterized by calm confidence and calm self-control. The 39-year-old mother of three shone in the queen’s pearls, even behind a black face mask, and exuded both style and substance as she was brought back into the spotlight for her first major royal event since that interview with Oprah Winfrey. Though she had effectively been thrown under a bus by the Duchess of Sussex suggesting that she had made a bridesmaid cry while she was being adjusted – and not the other way around – it was Kate who became Prince Harry’s first in the 30-person parish engaged in polite conversations after the 3pm ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. After the woman repeatedly glanced over at her brother-in-law, who was sitting across the street during the 50-minute service, while both William, 38 and Harry, 36 had buried their heads in their service orders, the woman once cruelly named “Waity Katie”. showed how much she shares what Prince Philip once called the Queen’s “tolerance”.