Duchess of Cambridge will give first ever interview as a royal ahead of Queen's birthday

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Kate Middleton will be back on our small screens in May this year, appearing in an ITV show dedicated to the Queen.

The Duchess of Cambridge will make her first interview debut on television as a royal, in a programme celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

ITV's special show is set to air in May, after the Queen's birthday celebration on 21st April. Kate will be one of the guests, joined by her husband William, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and other international figures, all honouring the Queen's life and work in the TV special.

This will be Kate's first interview since officially joining the royal family in 2011, when she said yes to William in the famous fairytale wedding at Westminster Abbey.

The couple were interviewed by Tom Bradby just after they announced their engagement in November 2010.

Kate and William at the announcement of their engagement in 2010

Kate was beaming as she showed off her engagement ring at the time, which belonged to William's mother Princess Diana.

In the 2010 interview, William also told the story of how he proposed: 'We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn't a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed.'

Now five years have passed and a lot has happened. Kate became a mum - twice! - and seems to be settling well in to her royal duties, making frequent appearances at official royal engagements and attending charity events by herself. The Duchess is keen to support causes she's passionate about like mental health and wellbeing issues in children and young people.

She's also getting more and more responsibility handed to her, including receiving patronage of the AF Air Cadets from Prince Philip, and reportedly becoming the new royal patron of Wimbledon, succeeding the Queen in her 90th year.

The royal family in June 2015, ahead of Princess Charlotte's birth

According to Hello magazine, an insider said the couple are committed to supporting the Queen ahead of her special birthday: 'Supporting the Queen is a top priority for them and they will play a full part in joining her for major events.'

ITV's Jo Clinton-Davis, who co-commissioned the film, said the special one-off programme will give the public a 'fresh' insight on the monarchy under the Queen's reign.

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'It's a remarkable story of an extraordinary life which in so many ways reflects the changing face of the nation', Jo Clinton-Davis said. 'As she reaches her 90th birthday, this film aims to offer a fresh insight into our monarch's life and work.'

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