Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Kate shows William the ropes

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party today

The Duchess of Cambridge gave her husband a royal lesson today as he became a regal pupil. For while Kate has attended several garden parties in her time, this was William's debut at the Buckingham Palace royal regular which signals the start of summer. And he was shown the ropes by his wife.

William and Kate joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at this garden party. The royal group appeared on the steps of Buckingham Palace as the event got under way and then it was time for William to get his royal lessons as he and Kate dived into the crowd and started to meet and greet.

To be fair, it wasn't really all that different from many of the royal engagements he is used to carrying out and a line up of selected guests waiting to shake hands and have a chat is all in a day's work for William. That's how his first Buckingham Palace garden party began and then it was on to the trickier task of balancing cake while chatting.

William waited until the end of the garden party season in London to make his official Buckingham Palace debut debut. This is the final event of 2016 in England although there will be one at Holyrood in Edinburgh in July - William popped along to a similar event there in 2002 while at university where his dad, the Prince of Wales, was hosting.

It's been a case of two days, two firsts for William as he made his Chelsea Flower Show debut yesterday. The visit to the famous RHS event was also a notable one for Kate who had never attended before. There, they were given a lesson in royal tradition by Prince Harry who has been on several occasions and even exhibited there with his charity, Sentebale.

While Chelsea saw Kate rewear one of her lesser known outfits, a green Catherine Walker coat chosen for the 2014 Australia tour, today's repeat was about as well known as they get. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the cream Alexander McQueen outfit from Prince George's christening and rather good it looked too. 

All in all, the garden party debut was a roaring success with not a drop of tea spilled or a cake dropped and William seemed to enjoy his first foray into this royal tradition at Buckingham Palace.

Of course, one day these parties will be his domain - when he is head of the House of Windsor the event will circulate around him. But for today this future king was content to take a back seat and learn from a garden party expert as Kate showed him the ropes.

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