Kate Middleton, who shared her thanks for the birthday messages she received over the weekend after turning 40, is said to have taken note of the Queen's tactics since being promoted to Dame Grand Cross.
In 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge was promoted by Her Majesty for her services to the sovereign and she is now the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order.
A royal source has made it known that over the years, Kate, 40, has "observed" the Queen's "game plan" and "taken a lot" from her role model along the way.
"She will be queen for a long time, and knowing her, she will have thought, 'Who is my role model here, who has done this really well? Who do I learn from to lay down and build the foundations for the long game, to stay solid, strong, calm and confident without giving up too much of myself?' I think she has taken a lot from the Queen," a source told Sunday Times' magazine.
The Cambridges' continue to make the Queen and the UK proud as many look up to them for comfort in the "future of the monarchy", another source said.
This example they have set is particularly reassuring to many after the Duke of York stepped back from royal life in 2019 over this links with Jeffrey Epstein, and the Sussexes left their royal duties behind to relocate to the US in 2020.
Another source said: "The UK looks to them for the future of the monarchy. It's a tough role."
Former Private Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and to Prince Harry, Anthony James Moxon Lowther-Pinkerton, added that the Duchess has proven time and time again she is our "future Queen".
He said: "She paced herself, she took her fences slowly but faultlessly."
Jason Knauf, who first joined the Royal household in 2015, is known to believe that Kate "will be a huge asset to the institution and the country."
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And a royal insider, who has watched Kate's evolution, went on to speak of the future king and queen.
"William will be respected, Catherine will be loved," the source noted.
Knauf announced he had officially left the household last week after playing a key part in William and Kate's team as a senior aide.
Jason wrote upon his decision: "As a new year begins, a chapter closes for me.
"After seven years working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace and the Royal Foundation, I am moving to India to join my husband on a diplomatic posting."
He continued: "Serving as communications secretary and then foundation CEO has been the privilege of my career. We've built powerful platforms like Heads Together, the Earth shot Prize, and the Centre for Early Childhood.
"I've travelled to 36 countries and to every corner of the UK and I've made amazing new friends along the way."
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