Princess Kate greets funeral guests at Buckingham Palace


Prince William and Kate, the new Princess of Wales, reveled in their senior-royal status Saturday as they helped King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, host a Buckingham Palace lunch for dignitaries arriving for the Monday funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were nowhere in sight as the governors-general of the British Commonwealth realms gathered in the royal home for the welcoming meal.

Representatives of such far-flung nations as Australia, Canada, Tuvalu, Belize, New Zealand, and others were all in attendance. Many had already stopped at London’s Lancaster House to sign an official book of condolence.

Kate, dressed demurely in a long-sleeved, high-necked black dress and pearls, appeared to relish her role as her mother-in-law’s deputy hostess.

She and Camilla beamed at one another as they conferred before separating to attend to their guests.

Princess Kate with lunch guests at Buckingham Palace.
Kate was dressed in a long-sleeved, high-necked black dress and pearls at the lunch.

King Charles speaking with his lunch guests at Buckingham Palace.
King Charles spoke with lunch guests at Buckingham Palace.

A picture of Prince Williams talking with the Governor of St. Vincent and Grenadines, Dame Susan Dougan.
Prince William and Governor of St. Vincent and Grenadines, Dame Dougan at a lunch at Buckingham Palace.

A picture of Princess Kate and Queen Consort Camilla.
Princess Kate and Queen Consort Camilla are seen beaming at each other during lunch in Buckingham Palace.
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The Princess was seen placing a comforting hand on the arm of Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles, Governor of St. Lucia, and joining in lively conversations with other officials.

The Waleses are set to take a more prominent role in the day-to-day doings of “The Firm,” as the royal family is known, now that Charles has assumed the throne — as William’s brother Harry, who quit royal life in 2020, and his wife Meghan remain on the outs.



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