‘American Idol’ Star Reveals What Meeting Kate Middleton Was Really Like

A brush with royalty

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Let’s be honest: Most of us will never get close to meeting any of the royal family members. We’d have to be, say, Adam Lambert.

Case in point: A few weeks back, the former American Idol contestant and season 8 runner-up, 41, met the Duchess of Wales, Kate Middleton, for the first time. He also performed at her third annual Royal Carols: Together at Christmas carol service, NBD.

In an interview with People, Lambert revealed the deets about his visit to Westminster Abbey and his time with Princess Kate.

“I had the honor of meeting Catherine, Princess of Wales,” he told People. “She invited the performers she wanted to see at the service, and it was lovely to visit with her before we performed.”

“I’ve always loved history and old architecture, and [Westminster Abbey] is sort of my sweet spot,” he said of the historic setting. “I was able to walk around a little bit after my rehearsal and just kind of take a little self-guided tour of some of the areas inside at the Abbey and it’s just breathtaking, and the amount of history in here is nuts.”

True, the church itself is more than 900 years old and has been the site of 40 coronations, the most recent being King Charles III in May 2023. “You know you have the tombs of monarchs and poets and other iconic historical figures, so it’s pretty wild,” Lambert said. (Yep, imagine singing “The Christmas Song” for Charles Dickens, Stephen Hawking and Sir Isaac Newton.)

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen performing at Buckingham Palace
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Notably, this wasn’t Lambert’s first brush with royalty. In June 2022, he performed alongside Queen as part of the BBC’s “Platinum Party at the Palace” concert celebrating the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.


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