Kate Middleton & Prince William Just Joined Queen Elizabeth for a 171-Year-Old Tradition

First, Kate Middleton, Prince William and their children celebrated the arrival of summer in Mustique. Then they took a brief break from vacay and appeared at the King’s Cup Regatta looking tan as ever. Now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally arrived at Balmoral Castle for their annual visit to Gan Gan Queen Elizabeth’s country home.

The 37-year-old prince and the 37-year-old duchess were spotted yesterday on their way to Crathie Kirk Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, aka the same city where Balmoral is located. They rode alongside the 93-year-old queen in one of her chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantoms.

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As you’ll notice, a very bronzed Prince William sat up front, while Duchess Catherine relaxed in the back with Queen Elizabeth.

The queen dressed in her summer best and wore a hot pink coat and hat combo with an ice blue trim and feather flourish. She of course accessorized the look with a three-strand pearl necklace. Middleton wore a demure military style navy blue Guinea London coat with large gold buttons and velvet cuffs. She completed the look with a fascinator paired with her gold and diamond Asprey Oak Leaf earrings and a low bun for their church outing.

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The Cambridges’ visit to Balmoral is a long-held family tradition. So is, as it turns out, worshipping at Crathie Church. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to attend Sunday service there in 1848 and every British monarch has followed suit while staying at Balmoral Castle since (that’s a 171-year tradition!). Queen Elizabeth even brought Prince Andrew and Prince Charles along for the ride earlier this month.

This wasn’t the first time we caught a glimpse of Prince William and Middleton on their summer trip to Scotland. The couple and their children, Prince George (6), Princess Charlotte (4) and Prince Louis (1), were seen and subsequently praised for flying commercial on a budget airline to visit the queen.

Guess royal life isn’t all chauffeurs and Rolls-Royces all the time. 


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