AEST 13:58, Thu Jun 14 2012
She was born a "commoner" but the Duchess of Cambridge will one day be Queen – and Elizabeth II seems keen to ensure she is fully prepared for the role.
The 86-year-old monarch has taken Catherine under her wing in recent months, allowing her new granddaughter-in-law to accompany her on many of her most important Diamond Jubilee engagements.
Yesterday, the pair – joined by William – visited Nottingham and Catherine's close relationship with the Queen was again on show.
The two ladies laughed and chatted throughout the day, and seemed utterly at ease in each other's company.
The Queen has taken Catherine under her wing.