Mo­ment with their chil­dren count be­cause they grow up so fast!

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You’ve been mar­ried for 23 years. What’s the big­gest les­son mar­riage has taught you? It taught me that there is no greater sup­port sys­tem than a strong part­ner­ship and fam­ily. The world some­times throws un­ex­pected hur­dles your way, and the un­con­di­tional love and sup­port that fam­ily of­fers is what keeps you go­ing. His Majesty is my truest friend, my con­fi­dant, my role model… I feel truly blessed and grate­ful for him ev­ery day. With the re­lent­less fo­cus on the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s out­fits, the spot­light on royal fash­ion has never been brighter. How do you nav­i­gate dress­ing for the pub­lic eye? Be­ing a mem­ber of a royal fam­ily means you au­to­mat­i­cally draw the me­dia’s at­ten­tion, no mat­ter what you wear. For me, fash­ion is less about the lat­est trends and more about an ex­pres­sion of one­self, and I find that what feels right and what feels com­fort­able changes with time. There will al­ways be com­ments about this or that out­fit. Ul­ti­mately, I hope that when I give a speech about some­thing I am pas­sion­ate about, what I say will mat­ter more than what I’m wear­ing. You re­cently re­leased an of­fi­cial por­trait and photo diary to mark your 46th birth­day. What do you think of self­ies? I’m not a big fan, but I must ad­mit I’ve made a few ex­cep­tions. Most re­cently, I took one with stu­dent-teach­ers at the launch of [the Queen Rania] Teacher Academy’s new pro­fes­sional train­ing pro­gram. I’m a big fan of teach­ers and their cru­cial role in a so­ci­ety’s progress, so if I was go­ing to make an ex­cep­tion re­gard­ing self­ies, I think it makes sense that I made it for them! You were named the most beau­ti­ful con­sort (queen by mar­riage) in the world. How did that make you feel? I’m flat­tered, but I’ll al­ways in­sist that beauty is only skin deep; real beauty shines from within. There is noth­ing more beau­ti­ful than the proud look of an em­pow­ered wo­man who’s help­ing put food on the ta­ble for her chil­dren, or the car­ing smile of a teacher who in­spires her stu­dents be­cause she loves her job, or the con­fi­dence of a re­tiree who has found ways to con­tinue con­tribut­ing to her com­mu­nity.

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