Kate Middleton is not one of Britain's most powerful women, according to new poll

Duchess of Cambridge left off Woman's Hour top 100 power list as panel declare Queen Elizabeth most powerful

Kate Middleton isn't one of Britain's most powerful women, according to a new poll.

The Duchess of Cambridge might regularly feature in polls charting the world's most stylish and most inspirational, but she was noticeably left off the new power list.

Kate Middleton didn't make Woman's Hour top 100 most powerful women in Britain listThe expectant royal, who is due to give birth in July, didn't feature in BBC Radio 4's first-ever Woman's Hour top 100 list.


Queen Elizabeth took the top slot, while Home Secretary Theresa May came second. Ana Botin, CEO of Santander UK and Supreme Court Judge Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond also made the list.

The list was compiled by a judging panel which included former newpaper editor Eve Pollard, Tory MP Priti Patel, Labour peer Oona King and crime novelist Val McDermid.

Speaking about the top 10, Eve Pollard revealed the panel thought long and hard about Kate Middleton's inclusion.

"Inevitably not everyone will agree with our 100," she admitted. "There are some omissions. For example, we had long debates about the Duchess of Cambridge."


The Queen has been voted the most powerful woman in the UK by Woman's HourShe added that Kate's omission doesn't mean she's not influential, but that she's yet to be considered 'powerful.'


"Is she influential? Hugely. Is she powerful? Not yet," she said.

Eve Pollard explained the power list showcases women in Britain who have the control to exercise policy and influence.

"Most women on our list have power because they have reached a place where they have control - of policy, of direction, of influence, of staff," she said.

"The panel also included some women who have soft power - the ability to ¬transform the way we think about ourselves."

While the list celebrates British women's achievements, Eve added that it also reveals few women are getting to the top in certain sectors.

"What this list does is shine a light on those sectors where too few women are getting to the top, like politics, FTSE companies, the military and journalism," she said.

"Our legacy, we hope, is that this list might change that."

Britain's top 10 most powerful women:

1. Her Majesty The Queen
2. Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Home Secretary)
3. Ana Botin (CEO, Santander UK)
4. Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond (Supreme Court Judge)
5. Elisabeth Murdoch (Chairman, Shine Group)
6. Professor Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer)
7. Justine Roberts & Carrie Longton (Co-founders, Mumsnet)
8. Lady Justice Hallett (Appeal Court Judge)
9. Angela Ahrendts (CEO, Burberry)
10. Dame Gail Rebuck (CEO, The Random House Group)

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