Kate Middleton was once reportedly left standing awkwardly alone in the middle of Prince Charles' 60th birthday party according to a butler, as the now Duchess of Cambridge was yet to become a household name.
The 40 year old royal is recognised around the globe having secured herself as an adored staple in the Royal family as Prince William's beloved wife.
The couple, who tied the knot in a stunning Westminster Abbey ceremony back in 2011, also share children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, four.
The Duchess has found her niche with family and parenting charities, and was recently announced as the new royal patron of the Rugby Football Union, so it seems unthinkable to imagine the mum of three as simply the shy girlfriend of Prince William standing in the corner of a room.
By 2008, when Prince Charles, now 73, had his birthday party, Kate and William had already been a couple for five years, so it made sense for the smiley brunette to receive an invite.
The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip's – royal butler Grant Harrold has now revealed he said the Duchess standing alone at the event and no one was even trying to engage her in a conversation.
Speaking to publication MyLondon, he recalled how funny the sight was because today she would have people "mobbing" her for her time and attention.
"There was a marquee and everything, Grant said. "I remember Kate was standing in the middle on her own.
"And nobody was talking to her or going near her because they didn’t know who she was or recognise her."
"I went over and chatted to her while we waited for Will to come in and it was quite sweet," the butler went on.
"But now – could you imagine Kate in the middle of a room and no one speaking to her?
"It just wouldn’t happen, she’d be mobbed," Grant added to the publication.
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It comes as William and Kate shared a moving tribute to the Queen, 95, in honour of International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8.
The royal couple recognised the monarch is celebrating a very special year as she marks her Platinum Jubilee, and mentioned her 70 years of service.
"Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Head of State, The Queen’s extraordinary reign has been longer than any other monarch in British history – inspiring a nation and dedicating her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people," the Duke and Duchess added.
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