Kate Middleton is gearing up to celebrate her 40th birthday tomorrow, and in anticipation of the major milestone, those who have worked closely with the Duchess of Cambridge over the years are reflecting on the royal. And, thanks to a recent article from People, we've learned some of the ways in which Middleton conducts herself within the family.

When the duchess first started seeking out philanthropies during her transition into becoming a royal, she made a private visit to the East Anglia Children's Hospice. The directors of this organization, specifically Tracy Rennie, spoke with People about what it was like to work with Middleton.

“She has this natural, quiet confidence. When she smiles, her whole face smiles,” Rennie said.

While the care that takes place at EACH would be emotionally difficult for anyone to handle, Rennie revealed that the duchess handled it well, especially in a moment that took place in 2019, where she spoke to a grieving family. “It was clear from the outset she wanted people to understand what children's hospice care is, what palliative care is and the needs of children and families,” Rennie added.

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After this moment of speaking with the family, Rennie revealed that Middleton came up to her and said, “My goodness, how do the staff cope with the emotion of working with these families?” To which Rennie said, “We have training and experience with families over the years.” But Rennie also added, “My response to her was, 'I was going to say well done to you.’”

This report doesn't surprise us, given that sources in the past have said that the Duchess of Cambridge is a “mediator” and is keeping the royal family together “like glue.”

We love to hear it. Happy (almost) bday, Kate!

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