Kate Middleton talks about first joint engagement with the Queen, calls it ‘a gentle guidance’

The 34-year-old royal made a public appearance in 2012 in Leicester at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations where she was joined by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother recounted that emotional moment saying that she had the monarch’s full support.

“I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. I think there is a real art to walkabouts,” Kate says. “Everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. So I think I’ve still got to learn a little bit more and to pick up a few more tips I suppose.”

“She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she’s doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really,” she contiuned, before adding, “She’s been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance really for me.”

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, also opened up in the interview about the Queen’s special bond with her great-grandchildren.

“George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan,’ ” the Duchess says. “She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for her family.”

In addition to being a great-grandmother to Charlotte and George, Queen Elizabeth II has three other great-granddaughters, namely Isla Elizabeth Phillips, Savannah Ann Kathleen Phillips and Mia Grace Tindall.

ITV’s documentary The Queen at Ninety is set to air on Easter Sunday, March 27.