The Important Reason Kate Middleton Couldn’t Travel to Scotland with Her Husband to See the Queen Yesterday

Upon learning of Queen Elizabeth's declining health, members of the royal family rushed to be by the monarch’s bedside in her final moments. The monarch was receiving medical treatment at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. However, one royal couldn’t join the rest of the family and chose to stay behind (for a good reason, of course).

According to Elle magazine, Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge) didn’t accompany her husband, Prince William, to the royal residence because she had to care for their three children. In a new photograph (obtained by The Telegraph), she was seen leaving their new Adelaide Cottage in Windsor.

Kate Middleton at the Somme Centenary Commemorations in France.
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In the snapshot, Middleton wore her hair completely straight and could be seen wearing a plain black shirt while seated behind the wheel. When the picture was taken, she appeared to be alone in the car. As it turns out, the duchess was driving to pick up her three children—Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte—from school.

Middleton and William were photographed escorting their children to school earlier this week, where all three children have started the new school year at Lambrook School. In one photo, the duchess was smiling while holding hands with her young sons. Meanwhile, the duke walked hand-and-hand with Princess Charlotte, who wore a school uniform dress.

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Yesterday, William traveled to Balmoral Castle to be by the queen’s side, along with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie (Countess of Wessex). All four members of the royal family were photographed entering the residence in a car and William appeared to be driving the vehicle. It was speculated that King Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were already at the royal residence before their arrival. Prince Harry joined the family as well.

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As the old saying goes, “A mother’s work is never done.”

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