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08/08/2012 01:12 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2012

5 Things You Didn't Know About Kate Middleton

by Vanity Fair

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"There's a happiness in the House of Windsor generally at the moment for the first time ever," a royal pal tells Vanity Fair contributor Katie Nicholl in the September issue, part of a cover story on the Duchess of Cambridge's undisputed status as Windsor crown jewel. "Charles and Camilla are genuinely happy. William is happy because Charles is troubled less, and he has Kate to share his future with," the friend adds. And while the pair have dazzled Britain and Olympic watchers the globe over with their Games-related appearances -- Kate's fashionable turn in Christopher Kane at the opening ceremony only confirms her status atop the 2012 International Best-Dressed List--they innately prefer a life out of the spotlight, one categorized by homey activities like cooking and walking puppy Lupo three times per day. Nicholl gets their friends and those in their orbit talking for a blockbuster piece on Kate's married life.

Read the whole story at VanityFair.com.