Yesterday afternoon's Remembrance Sunday services in London brought out most of the royal family. Kate Middleton observed the parade from a balcony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to Prince William's uncle Prince Edward. Joining Kate and Sophie was Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne.
Kate's own husband Prince William took part in the main event as a member of the country's armed services. Prince Harry, though, was absent, since he's serving in Afghanistan. However, Prince Harry has called home three times to check in with his relatives. Harry has been deployed since September and apparently will still be abroad through the holidays. Kate and William, though, have been fortunate to stay close to home in recent weeks. They attended the 600th anniversary of their university, St Andrews, and Kate shopped solo at Harvey Nichols Saturday.
Kate Middleton joined Prince William and other British dignitaries including the queen at tonight's 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony in London. It's been two weeks since the Summer Olympic Games came to a close, and now the royals are welcoming a new crop of athletes from around the globe. Kate stepped out in a shimmery gold coat for the celebration and cheered on the performers while seated next to William, Princess Anne, and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Noticeably absent from the public event was Prince Harry, who is currently dealing with the fallout from his nude photo scandal.
Queen Elizabeth opened Buckingham Palace this evening for a pre-Olympics reception. She invited various heads of state, who are in London for the Olympics, for drinks. The Duchess of Cambridge was out as well, making the rounds in a Christopher Kane dress. Princess Beatrice, UK prime minister David Cameron, and Prince Harry also mingled at the cocktail party. Harry had a chance to say hello to Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who he met during his March tour of the Caribbean.
Kate posed with the president of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia. The queen, meanwhile, said hello to First Lady Michelle Obama, who earlier in the day linked up with David Beckham for a press event and officially welcomed Team USA to the UK. Kate and Michelle have met before — back in May 2011, President Obama and the first lady visited Kate and her husband, Prince William, shortly after the royal wedding.
Yesterday was an especially busy one for Kate. Kate Middleton played ping-pong at a morning event launching Coach Core, and then later welcomed the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace alongside Princes William and Harry. The nonstop pace will continue for Kate, who reportedly might not have time to change out of her Christopher Kane dress before the opening ceremonies begin.
Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out of the St. Giles cathedral in Edinburgh today. They were in Scotland for the Thistle Ceremony to install William as a Knight in the Order of the Thistle. The honor is Scotland's highest and comes during the queen's four-day Diamond Jubilee tour of the country. Kate wore a yellow Emilia Wickstead for the event, which was just her latest public appearance. Kate and William attended Wimbledon yesterday to watch Roger Federer's victory over Mikhail Youzhny from the royal box. Just last week Kate's siblings, Pippa and James, sat in the special section, as did their mother, Carole.
The royal family gathered this morning for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London. Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with multiple events this week, was joined by her husband, Prince Philip. He was able to return to his official duties after spending multiple days in the hospital last week, suffering from a bladder infection. Happily, he was home by last Sunday, his 91st birthday. The Trooping spectacle is the official birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth, though her real big day is April 21. She turned 86 this year.
Kate Middleton wore an Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat to participate in the festivities with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry. British label Erdem is one Kate wears frequently, having last sported one of designer Erdem Moralioglu's blue lace creations to a friend's wedding. She rode in a carriage during the the Horse Guards Parade, while Prince William was in uniform and atop a horse, and she later joined the senior royals for photos on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry caught up with cousins Beatrice and Eugenie, and Kate even shared a sweet moment with Prince Edward's daughter, Louise.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William joined his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, this morning for an appearance in the East Midlands. The outing was part of the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which came to a head during the first weekend of June with a concert, mass, and royal family balcony appearance. Today, Kate Middleton wore Missoni for the second time. She wore the blue coat-dress to accompany the queen and Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, on a March visit to a London Fortnum & Mason.
Today, the three royals boarded a train in London and traveled to Nottingham. They presided over a track and field meet with local youngsters, which was organized by the queen and Prince Philip's Fields in Trust organization. Prince William praised Queen Elizabeth in a speech before the games and field dedication ceremony began. He said, "This marvelous charity provides people of all ages up and down the country with the space to play sport, keep fit and generally get outside and enjoy themselves in the fresh air. Fields in Trust, I know, is very dear to my grandparents' hearts, as it is mine." Getting in on the sporty spirit, Kate launched a nerf gun! Afterward, Queen Elizabeth, Duchess Kate, and Prince William also made another balcony appearance at the city's town hall.
Queen Elizabeth led the royal family from her Diamond Jubilee mass at St. Paul's Cathedral this morning back to their home base at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, shared a carriage ride across the city. With the queen's husband, Prince Philip, hospitalized with a bladder infection, she shared a ride with her son Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. The royals stepped out onto the palace's balcony, where Prince William and his wife Kate shared their iconic wedding kiss on April 29, 2011. There was no lip-locking for Will and Kate this time, though. Instead, it was all about celebrating William's grandmother as her four-day celebration winds down.
There was a sad note at today's Diamond Jubilee concert, with the queen's husband, Prince Philip, hospitalized with a bladder infection. He's said to be responding well to the treatment, so the royal family soldiered on with their plans for today's event at Buckingham Palace. The queen was expected to arrive last around 9 p.m. GMT, but she was preceded by family members like Prince Charles and his wife, Camila. The queen's other children, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, were also in attendance.
Kate Middleton accompanied her husband, Prince William, as well. It's Kate's latest event during the queen's big weekend. Kate wore red Alexander McQueen yesterday for the Thames River pageant with the entire Middleton family along for the fun. Prince Harry was seated next to Will and Kate for the show.
Today's concert features performances from Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, JLS, and Jessie J. Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue, and Elton John are also slated to take the stage. Robbie Williams and a 30-piece brass band were the first up with "Let Me Entertain You." Many of the musicians shared their thoughts on the royals on this special occasion. Elton John weighed in on the queen's tastes, saying, "I don't think she's a big pop music fan. She's not trendy, she doesn't follow any fads. She's stoic, she's brilliant, she's wise, she's funny, and we're all really happy to be here." Paul McCartney, meanwhile, sent his sympathies to Prince Philip. He said, "I hope he's OK. We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery."
Princes William and Harry joined their family today for a special boat ride down the Thames in London as part of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. William's wife, Kate, wore a chic red Alexander McQueen dress and jacket to take part in the celebrations, and her whole family — mom Carole, dad Michael, sister Pippa, and brother James — were along for the fun. Kate finished her outfit with a hat from James Lock & Co. and a dolphin pin, a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service. The princes dressed up as well, with William in his flight lieutenant ensemble and Harry in Blues and Royals ceremonial dress.
Today's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is made up of 1,000 boats from across the globe. Queen Elizabeth and her grandchildren, as well as her kids Prince Charles and Princess Anne, traveled in the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell. The queen wore a special Swarovski crystal-embellished ensemble created by Anna Kelly, and Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, donned Anna Valentine. The royal barge's tour down the Thames ended at London's Tower Bridge, where the royal family planned to watch the rest of the vessels sail further down the river.