A year on and they seem as in love as when they married. But what of this girl the heir to the throne has taken to be his lawful wedded wife?
The fragrant Kate Middleton – surely Catherine Windsor is far too grand – hasn’t put a slender-ankled foot wrong. She meets, greets, smiles, chats, embraces and empathises with seemingly genuine bonhomie. The in-laws love her, the military have adopted her and the population can’t get enough of her. In short, she’s everything we hoped she would be.
Whilst all seems rosy in the garden, I have one tiny niggle. Not that she’ll overshadow William or ever behave inappropriately; no toe-sucking future for our Kate. Rather, it’s a niggle mired in a question Charles famously asked Diana.
“Did you really think I’d be the first Prince of Wales in history not to take a mistress?” His Royal Graciousness enquired of his first wife. We all know the answer.
However, does this mean William will be the first?
I fervently hope the answer is yes, that he has more backbone than his father, more morality than his step-mother and more respect for the woman who waited faithfully for him and waits on him even now. She deserves the best husband he can be.