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Helen Mirren: 'Kate Middleton is what the monarchy needs'

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Dame Helen Mirren has praised Kate Middleton as the perfect addition to the British monarchy.

Mirren famously won an Oscar for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in director Stephen Frears's critically-acclaimed 2006 film The Queen.

The Queen, Dame Helen Mirren

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee Lunch, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Britain - 18 May 2012

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In an interview with Parade, Mirren suggested that the Duchess of Cambridge will be a tremendous asset to the Royal Family.

"We're lucky to have such a true person as Kate Middleton," Mirren explained to the publication.

The actress added: "[Kate is] exactly what the monarchy needs - an ordinary girl. She's going to be terrific."

Mirren will reprise her role of Queen Elizabeth II in a West End stage adaptation of The Audience, which will run from March 5, 2013 to June 15 at the Gielgud Theatre.

Watch a trailer for The Queen.

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