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Kate passed the ‘Balmoral Test’ with flying colors

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)


Kate passed the ‘Balmoral Test’ with flying colors


In recent years, the Royal Family has been through some of the most trying times. Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99, died just a few weeks ago.

However, things had become already tense before this.

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry declared their split last year, the family has been dealing with the fallout.

The two had previously stated that they were no longer content as senior working royals.

Many people pay their respects to Kate, who, like Meghan, came into the family as an outsider and a “commoner” but quickly blended in.

On her first visit to Balmoral in 2009, two years before she became engaged to Prince William, Kate Middleton undertook the Balmoral Test.


According to Katie Nicholls, author of Kate: The Future Queen, her visit was such a success that the Queen even permitted her to take photos on the estate, which is normally prohibited.

Her parents were treated to a shooting weekend at Balmoral in 2010, implying that a marriage was on the cards – and that they would have to follow the code of ethics as well.

They must have aced the exam because they were welcomed in, and Carole Middleton was given the honor of being driven with the Queen herself back from a shooting lunch in 2016.

Both Prince Philip and the Queen Mother had to undergo the Balmoral Test, and according to Michael Patterson, author of A Brief History of Elizabeth II’s Private Life, Wallis Simpson stumbled easily, declaring that the tartan carpets “had to go.”

Meghan was said to have toured Balmoral in 2017, but it was not until after she married Prince Harry that she made a formal visit.

It is unknown how she performed on the test, although she is said to be opposed to the main pastimes of hunting and field sports.

Kate passed the Balmoral Test with flying colors, according to royal author Christopher Andersen, who wrote the novel “William and Kate: A Royal Love Story.”

He said, “It was one thing to be asked to accompany Wills on club-hopping excursions in London and Edinburgh.

“It was quite another to be invited to Balmoral, which William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria called ‘this dear Paradise’.

“By all accounts, Kate was the first girl Wills ever brought to Balmoral – in a large part because, said a royal insider, ‘He must have known how much she would love it.'”

“As Kate stood on the riverbank angling for salmon, trout and pike, it quickly became clear to one member of the Balmoral staff that she seemed ‘perfectly at home here’.” he said.

Boris Johnson also drew a lot of attention by attending with his fiancee Carrie Symonds, which was odd since they are not married.

Boris and Carrie, unlike other single couples who usually stay off-site, stayed the night at the house.

Given her role as the head of the Church of England, the Queen was said to be “uncomfortable.”

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