Kate Middleton is being introduced to her future role as Queen in a slow and steady manner.

Queen Elizabeth II & her courtiers wish to protect the Duchess of Cambridge from future pressures.

Unlike Diana, who was the wife of the heir to the throne, Kate is the wife of the second in line to the throne.

Kate will succeed Camilla as Queen Consort and take on more royal responsibilities.

Kate recently became co-president of scouting with the Duke of Kent, which might become her patronage only.

Kate will be more of a support as she learns more about her future role.

The Queen has confidence in Kate and supports her.

Kate's kids are now in school, giving her more time and freedom to take on new duties.

The Queen may live another 10 years, but Kate's role as the heir's wife is growing.