Kate Middleton is ‘very much a future queen in the making’ but  ‘still struggles to mix with world leaders such as the Bidens’ because she’s a ‘natural introvert’, a close friend has claimed ahead of her 40th birthday.

The Duchess, of Cambridge, will be turning 50 on Sunday. In 2021, she took solo projects, such as Hold Still, and the Westminster Abbey Christmas Carol services.

Her job includes mixing with prominent figures from the global stage such as Dr Jill Biden, who visited a school during the G7 summit last June. 

Her friend said that her presence was still “understated” but she is not a visible person. Her friend added that she has been steadily improving her self-confidence in the past 10 years since marrying to the royals.

“She finds it difficult to mix with these types of players. [the Bidens]She’s an introvert by nature. However, she is really settling into this role,” her friend stated.

Kate Middleton is 'very much a future queen in the making' but 'still struggles to mix with world leaders such as the Bidens' because she's a 'natural introvert', a close friend has claimed ahead of her 40th birthday. She is pictured with Jill Biden in June in Cornwall

Kate Middleton, who is “very much a future Queen in the Making”, but has “still struggles to mix [with world leaders like the Bidens]” because she’s an ‘natural introvert’. This claim was made by a friend before her 40th birthday. In June, she is seen with Jill Biden.

In November Kate chatted to Justin Trudeau (pictured together), Angela Merkel and other world leaders during the COP26 summit and Earthshot awards.

Kate spoke to Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, and other leaders of the world during Earthshot Awards and the COP26 Summit in November.

‘[Public speaking]It’s not something she enjoys. It’s not something she enjoys doing. She knows that it is an important way to contribute to society and she believes in the importance of speaking up for what you believe.

She lives in Kensington Palace, London. The Queen of the Future was able to mingle with world leaders at COP26, which took place in Glasgow, and G7 Summit in Cornwall, 2021.

She met Jill Biden (70), in June at the Connor Downs Academy, Camborne, to visit schoolchildren and then hosted a roundtable discussion with UK education professionals.

During November’s COP26 Summit and Earthshot Awards, Angela Merkel chatted with Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel. 

It comes amid reports  the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday celebrations will be muted – much like her Christmas was – due to the growing Covid risk.

The Duchess will likely host a smaller party with close family members and friends, instead of throwing a huge event. 

Describing how December 25th went for the royal family-of-five (pictured), an insider told the magazine that Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, woke up at 5am to check whether Father Christmas had visited their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall overnight

An insider shared with the magazine how Christmas 25th looked for the royal family (pictured). It was reported that Prince George (8 years old), Princess Charlotte (6 years old) and Prince Louis (3-3 years old) woke at 5AM to verify that Father Christmas had not visited their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall.

Kate and William – who on Friday unveiled a photograph of themselves on the way to last year’s James Bond premiere to coincide with New Year’s Eve – missed out on the traditional Royal Family Christmas celebrations after the Queen was forced to cancel her plans to host the festivities at Sandringham.

Due to fears of the Omicron Covid variant, a smaller lunch was held at Windsor Castle while the Cambridges hosted Kate’s family at Anmer Hall, their country retreat on the Sandringham estate

A source told Mail on Sunday: ‘There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down.’

Describing how Christmas day was for the family-of-five, an insider told US Weekly that  Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, woke up at 5am to check whether Santa Claus had visited overnight. 

According to the source, “Kate and William try not too spoil the children but they allow the rules to slide at Christmas.”

George reportedly received a camping kit – including a tent, walkie-talkies and a flashlight – while Louis was given a climbing frame and Charlotte was treated to a children’s video camera. The couple also received several books and games.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, treated his wife to a ‘beautiful bracelet’ because he wanted to ‘make this Christmas extra special’, said the source.