Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William will bring huge changes to her world
Kate Middleton's forthcoming marriage to Prince William will bring about huge changes to her world.
The 28-year-old is preparing to leave her old life behind and make the transition to becoming a member of the Royal Family.
For a number of years she has been working in a project managing role in her parents' mail order company, which sells paraphernalia for parties and celebrations.
Miss Middleton helped put together the firm's Christmas range but is now handing over any remaining work to colleagues.
It is expected she will soon begin "learning the ropes" of being a royal from her fiance William.
The 28-year-old will join him at events and on engagements so she can follow his lead.
The time spent publicly with William will also allow her to build up her confidence before she goes solo.
She will have to master the art of small talk to deal with the endless "grip and grin" line-ups of dignitaries and members of the public, while the smell of fresh paint and flowers will waft from the spruced-up buildings she tours on official visits.
The university graduate from a middle-class background will also be expected to take on royal patronages and develop associations with some of the charities who will be clamouring for her support.
Later will come official overseas tours and as an HRH (Her Royal Highness), she will travel the globe first class, be required to keep up appearances at all times and will have to take on her fair share of official engagements.
Royal fans will treat her adoringly, while the newspapers will watch her every move.
Her speeches, her slip-ups and her wardrobe will all be reported in minute detail.
If she has the same effect as the Queen, people waiting for her will fall silent when she enters a room.
Public speaking lessons may be needed for her formal addresses, along with guidance on how to conduct herself in an appropriately royal way.
There will be tiaras to wear, jewels to inherit, elaborate gowns to pick for state banquets, prime ministers to meet, presidents to entertain and gifts from foreign royals to collect.
Servants - from valets, dressers and hairdressers to butlers, private secretaries and cooks - will become the norm.
If she chooses to, she can be waited on hand and foot.
She will live off money from the Prince of Wales's cash cow the Duchy of Cornwall, which provides William with his private expenses, and will one day live at Buckingham Palace.
Although the royals face intense interest in their public and private lives, their array of houses and palaces mean that sanctuary can easily be found in havens such as the Balmoral or Sandringham estates.
Miss Middleton will also be an RAF pilot's wife, with the protection and benefits this offers.
As a royal, she will also enjoy the high level security provided for William and his family and be assigned her own personal protection officer, paid for by taxpayers.
The couple will be hoping this will bring an end to the harassment they say Miss Middleton has faced from the paparazzi.