Kate Middleton’s parents today (April 20) met Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip for the first time. It is just nine days until Kate (who now prefers to be addressed publicly as Catherine) will marry Prince William.
Michael and Carole Middleton were invited to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, her residence which is west of London. They shared a private lunch with just the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Middleton and possibly the private secretaries to the queen and Prince Philip.
The Queen is grandmother to Prince William but as head of the country, it was considered important that she should meet the Middletons before William and Kate are married on April 29.
Kate is the eldest child of Michael and Carole Middleton, who met while they both worked for an airline. They later left to start up a mail order party supplies business, which has made them millionaires. They have two other children: Pippa and James.
Kate, 29, has already met Queen Elizabeth a few times. The first time was when she attended the wedding of William’s cousin, Peter Phillips, to Canadian, Autumn Kelly, in May 2008. Kate has gone on record as saying rather graciously that the queen “was very friendly.” William backed up Kate, saying the two ladies had got on very well.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the Middletons’ lunch date with the queen today. On the face of it, Queen Elizabeth has very little in common with the self-made millionaire commoners. But perhaps their shared wish to see William and Kate happy drew them together and oiled the wheels of conversation.