Kate Middleton has been left off the 2013 list of Britain's Most Powerful Women. However, the Duchess of Cambridge's grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, topped the poll compiled and released today (Tuesday) by BBC 4's Woman's Hour. "Inevitably not everyone will agree with our 100. There are some omissions. For example, we had long debates about the Duchess of Cambridge," Eve Pollard, a member of the voting panel, revealed.
The results of the poll seem to indicate that while Prince William's wife is certainly among the most popular, photographed, and written about people in the world, there is one thing she is not -- and that's powerful. "Is she influential? Hugely. Is she powerful? Not yet," Pollard said.
The pregnant Duchess, however, has only started her royal duties relatively recently. With just 21 months of royalty under her belt, it's likely she'll one day land on the list of Britain's most powerful especially once Prince William comes closer to taking over the monarchy. "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," Pollard explained.
One thing's for certain, while Kate may not have much power in Britain yet, her unborn child will likely top the list one day. Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected to welcome the royal baby -- who will jump to third in line to the throne -- in July.
For a look at the rest of the top five most powerful women in Britain, click through the slideshow above.