Kates ’close relationship with the King and why he’s very lucky to have her’

Kate Middleton has a “close relationship” with King Charles III and he’s “very lucky” to have her as part of the family, royal author Katie Nicholl tells OK! .

After gaining her new title – Princess of Wales – following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September, Kate is hoping 2023 will be the year she can really make the role her own. And it won’t go unrecognised by the monarch.

“She has a close relationship with her father-in-law,” Katie observes.

“There is a huge amount of warmth between them and mutual respect and I know that Charles feels very lucky to have Kate as part of the family.

“He absolutely recognises and appreciates what she brings. She is a huge asset and no one sees that more than the King. It’s a period when there’s been a lot of flux and transition for the royal family and I think promoting that image of continuity and stability is going to be the focus for this year.”

Meanwhile, it was revealed Kate, who turns 41 next week, has taken over an important royal role from her husband Prince William, as she becomes Colonel of the Irish Guards

It came as Buckingham Palace also announced that the King’s Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, will be held on June 17 in central London.

The King and the Prince of Wales will ride on horseback during the display, while other members of the royal family, including Kate and the Queen Consort, will watch from carriages and the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Buckingham Palace said three members of the family have been appointed Colonels within the Foot Guards, including Camilla as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

This role was previously held by the Duke of York and has been vacant since he was stripped of his royal titles.

Meanwhile, Kate will become Colonel of the Irish Guards, a role previously held by William, who will take the Colonel of the Welsh Guards title from his father.

There will be no change to the existing Colonelcies of the other Regiments within the Household Division, the Palace said.

Trooping the Colour has marked the monarch’s official birthday for over 260 years, and 2023 will mark Charles’ first appearance at the event as King, and follows his coronation which is due to be held on May 6.

Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part in the display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare.

The parade travels from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, and closes with a Royal Air Force fly-past.

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