Despite eight years on Prince William's arm, Kate Middleton is frequently seen but not heard - much like the late Queen Mother. But now a video of the 27-year-old has been posted on YouTube, giving royal watchers their first opportunity to hear the young women tipped to be the future Queen talk.
Viewing makes for rather an odd experience since public school-educated Kate has virtually made a career out of saying nothing. Unsurprisingly, she is extremely well-spoken, her voice verging on the plummy and her diction clipped. To the manor born, so to speak. Before anyone gets too excited, the 11-second clip doesn't reveal any pearls of wisdom about her much-anticipated engagement to the second in line to the throne.
'It's very interesting. It's got some interesting lectures going on. It's brilliant,' is all she says.
The video, shot on what appears to be a mobile phone, was taken by a stallholder at the Online Marketing Show at London's Olympia a fortnight ago.
Kate was attending the two-day event on behalf of her parents' firm, Party Pieces, which sells children's' party goods over the internet. She has been working for the company for the last year, helping to set up its new 'baby's first birthday' division. Her appearance, on both days of the show, excited her fellow web enthusiasts so much that many posted their 'experiences' on Twitter.
Fergus Burns said: 'I spotted Kate Middleton at an online marketing show - the future Queen is an Internet geek.'
Ciaran Norris added: 'Kate Middleton was in the audience of my talk at the Online Marketing Show. 'I was hoping she’d ask a question, but no such luck.' Matthew Wood could barely contain his excitement, saying: 'Kate Middleton even sat on our bean bags at the a4uexpo stand.'