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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, have both spent plenty of time with the head of the family, Queen Elizabeth II. We can expect to see both duchesses out on Saturday to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday, an event no senior royal wants to miss. But does the Queen have a favourite?Both Kate and Meghan have given the Queen great-grandchildren, who the Queen clearly dotes on.Kate and Prince William have Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one.Meghan and Prince Harry have recently welcomed their first baby, little Archie Harrison.Outwardly, the Queen appears to get along famously with both Meghan and Kate.READ MORE: Will Meghan be at Trooping the Colour this weekend?Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: The Queen gets along with both Meghan and Kate (Image: Getty)There have been rumours of favouritism, particularly after Meghan was out and about for a solo trip with the Queen one month after her wedding, when Kate waited more than eight years for the honour.When Meghan and the Queen visited Chester on the Royal Train, they got on like a house on fire, with the Queen in fits of giggles.But those in the know have been quick to put the rumours to bed.Royal expert and author Marlene Koenig told Express.co.uk: “I would not read anything into this.Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: There have been rumours of favouritism (Image: Getty)“After all, Catherine joined the Queen and Philip and the Queen and Camilla on engagements.“It was stated after the wedding that Meghan would be learning more about the monarchy and how things work.“I consider her visit with the Queen as having a masterclass in royal training.”And it’s clear Kate and the Queen share an easy affiliation.Earlier this year, they were spotted sharing a blanket on a chilly day in the back of the Queen’s Bentley after an event.READ MORE: Royal SHOCK CLAIM: Harry and William ‘avoided each other for 6 MONTHS’ after royal weddingMeghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: The family at Trooping the Colour last year (Image: Getty)And last month, the Queen bestowed the honour of naming Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.The Royal Victorian Order dates back by 1896 and has five classes from Member to Knight or Dame Grand Cross, its highest rank.Unlike other titles, this award is made solely at the Queen’s discretion and not at the recommendation of Downing Street.Kate is understood to have received the award personally from the Queen as thanks for her services to the sovereign.The award reveals the Queen’s high opinion of Kate and her growing royal role.Kate will one day be Queen consort, whereas Meghan and Harry are keen to distance themselves from their official royal roles.