Prince William and Kate Middleton: Duchess to be Given Lessons on 'How to be a Royal?'

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William leave after the marriage of Britain's Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and England rugby captain Mike Tindall, at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland July 30, 2011.
September 21, 2011|1:40 pm

Kate Middleton will receive lessons on “how to be a royal” from senior members of government, arts and media institutions.

According to the Daily Mail, the future Queen will take one to one lessons at St James’s Palace this fall to learn about the institutions she will represent.

Next year, Buckingham Palace will reveal the official charities Kate will be supporting.

A palace source revealed: “The duchess is being briefed on how the state works, getting to know our national institutions better and learning more about organizations such as the arts, the media and the government. It is a process that will carry on for several months.”

The source continued, adding: “As well as meetings at St James’s Palace, the duchess is spending time carrying out private research of her own.”

So far, the Duchess of Cambridge has only attended one official royal engagement since she married Prince William. Next week, she will open a children’s center with her husband.

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In other royal news, earlier this month it was announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton donated the Land Rover they received as a wedding present to a mountain rescue team in the Lake District, U.K.

Custom dictates that royal couples can only accept wedding presents from family members and close friends. Any other gifts are donated to charities or organizations in need.

The Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was selected out of 26 groups to receive the vehicle through a raffle that was drawn by Prince Harry. The rescue team has expressed its gratitude for the donation as well as its pressing need for a new mode of transportation.

"The vehicle will be greatly appreciated," said Keith Montgomery, honorary secretary of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

"Our present vehicle only has a shelf life of about six months and we were embarking on a major fundraising exercise to raise more than £45,000 to replace it."

Despite requesting that donations be made to their favorite charities in lieu of wedding presents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received over 2,500 lavish gifts from the public, which have all been donated to charity.

 

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