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ON THE SIDELINES
They're getting closer! The newly appointed Duchess of Cambridge stepped out at the June 13, 2011, Order of the Garter ceremony, where she looked on from the wings as the Queen made William a Knight of the Garter.
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While preparing to take on more solo royal engagements, Kate shared a laugh with the Queen – and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – during a March 1 appearance at a tea party marking the regeneration of London's Piccadilly neighborhood. The Queen, who did not share the same bond with William's mother, Princess Diana, has reportedly said she sees "immense potential" in Kate, according to the Daily Mail.
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The duo shared smiles and observations at a March 8 fashion show at De Montfort University, the first stop of the Diamond Jubilee tour. "They were chatting away," said Lord Waheed Alli, chancellor of the university. "They seemed very relaxed together," added Dr. Julie King, head of the School of Fashion and Textiles.