Long ago, your Royal Watchers at VF.com always imagined that Kate would have the plummy, lusciously deep-ish inflection of a Rosamund Pike. Or maybe the syllable-savoring, tape-recorder-slowed-down languor of a Carey Mulligan.

What did you think she’d sound like?

Our grappling with the clipped, sunny tones of Kate’s speaking voice, here.