Kate Middleton has brought an element of everywoman normalcy to the royal family. She's a hands-on mom to her three kids, which is in stark contrast to traditional royal parenting styles. And she's apparently a home chef who enjoys a big eat-in kitchen. Which has struck her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth as unusual.
According to royal biographer Sally Bedell-Smith, Queen Elizabeth had a soft reaction to Anmer Hall when she first saw the property in 2015. "She said, "I can't understand why everyone spends their time in the kitchen."
When I think of it, Queen Elizabeth has grown up in grand houses where servants prepare and prepare her food. It's very strange to think that Kate Middletons loves to bake birthday cakes for her children in her huge eat-in kitchen, make pizza with 9-year-old Prince George, 7-year-old Princess Charlotte, and 4-year-old Prince Louis, and invite guests in for tea. But these are undoubtedly enjoyable, regular-person experiences that the Cambridge kids will carry with them into their decidedly non-traditional royal future
In the past, Queen Elizabeth has benefited from the Duchess of Cambridge's homepun flair in the kitchen. Middleton once gifted Her Majesty some chutney made from a family recipe for Christmas because, as she told the BBC in 2017, Queen Elizabeth has everything. She chose to go the homemade route even though she admitted she was a little irritated. She did however make a special effort to include it.
Perhaps, one day, Middleton may wish to invite Queen Elizabeth to join her for a nice dinner in her kitchen. Give her a comfortable chair, make her feel at ease, and pour her a cocktail. Then her Majesty will truly appreciate the gesture.