Queen Elizabeth Is Planning a Surprise for Kate Middleton Ahead of Her and Prince William's 10th Anniversary

The monarch is expected to grant the Duchess of Cambridge a prestigious honor.

It has been nearly 10 years since Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot in a royal wedding for the history books. While the couple is undoubtedly excited for this milestone anniversary on April 29, 2011, Queen Elizabeth is, too—and she's reportedly planning a special surprise to honor the Duchess of Cambridge, specifically, the Daily Mail reports. To celebrate their eighth anniversary (and mark day the Duchess officially became a member of the royal family) back in 2019, the monarch made Kate the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is the grandest mark of the Queen's seal of approval. And, according to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, Queen Elizabeth likely has even more up her sleeve for the couple's landmark celebration this year—especially because of their tight bond.

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"Kate and the Queen have a fantastic relationship," Duncan said of the pair. "Kate strikes that balance between bowing to her as head of the royal family in public but being able to check in with her as the great-grandmother to her children."

And while the royal duo's anniversary plans are likely still in the works, they always find a way to celebrate their nuptials—even if it's in private fashion. As a contrast to their televised wedding day, the couple opted to spend their last anniversary self-isolating. According to People, Kate and Prince William spent a quiet day at Anmer House (their Norfolk home) with their three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis.

They did, however, thank their fans for their support on Instagram with a sweet caption and wedding photo to match. "Nine years ago today—thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary!"

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