While the Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a luxe velvet dress by Alexander McQueen for the Diplomatic Reception, many royal watchers couldn’t help but notice Kate’s commanding body language. No longer shy and retiring as some media outlets claimed, the mom of three looks more confident and poised than ever.

Here are 5 Ways the Duchess of Cambridge is Preparing to be Queen:

  1. Dripping in Diamonds

While outdoorsy Kate might feel more at home in a pair of trainers and a tracksuit, she has willingly followed the lead of Queen Elizabeth and is now wearing more baubles and bling for engagements like the Diplomatic Reception. As the Queen is often very ‘decorated’ when attending high profile palace parties, Kate is now declaring herself to be ready to ascend the throne.

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2. What Wallflower?

Rather than look downcast or uneasy, the duchess revealed confident and commanding body language at the evening reception. With excellent posture, a polite smile and relaxed hands, the 37-year-old appeared to be at ease around high profile guests at the swanky soiree.

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3. Chuckling Cambridges

Not appearing tense and timid before the posh party, Kate looked happy in the car alongside husband Prince William on the way to the formal gathering. The glamorous twosome appeared to have even shared a few jokes and a laugh on the ride to Buckingham Palace. Kate’s calm and lighthearted demeanor indicates she’s ready for more royal duties and a leading role in the future of the monarchy.

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4. Sunny Side Up

Bring on the Cambridge Charisma! The elegant duchess appeared happy and comfortable while being photographed at the private bash and looked at ease in the company of guests. Not unlike the Queen, Kate had an air of quiet confidence and appeared fully engaged in conversation with strong eye contact and an easygoing disposition.

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5. Princess Parting

While in years past Kate has opted for very princess-y gowns for the Diplomatic Reception with full skirts and plenty of sparkles, this year’s look was a bit more mature and sleek. Shunning her usual busy ballgowns for a chic navy column dress from McQueen, the brunette beauty will soon be ready to reign supreme.

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