Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William leaving lunch with the Queen (Credit: Mark Stewart)
Today was a very big day for Kate Middleton. She had lunch at Buckingham Palace for the first time as Prince William’s fianceé with the entire royal family: approximately 40 of them, including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, most of the Queen’s grandchildren…and, of course, the Queen herself.
Honestly, for me, this is what the entire wedding frenzy is all about. It’s not so much the fact that Kate Middleton is marrying Prince William, adorable little royal pumpkin that he is, and gets to wear ancient jewels and sleep at places like Windsor Castle and have the world’s eyes on her; that’s all well and good. For me, it’s the fact that she’s a commoner marrying into The Firm and will, for better or for worse, be hangin’ semi-regularly with Her Majesty.
I mean, really–Queen Elizabeth as your fiancé’s grandmother? Honestly.
Side note: when I, for 2 seconds, worked for Sarah, Duchess of York, I met her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie. (Sorry, Her Royal Highnesses Princesses Beatrice of York and Eugenie of York.) They were super-sweet and quite normal, and one of the other assistants had just told me a story about being with one of the daughters, talking about cell-phones, and the girl saying, “Oh, yes, actually, my granny has a cell-phone now!”
You know. Her granny. The Queen.
Despite the fact that Kate has met the Queen at least once–at Peter and Autumn Phillips’ wedding in 2008–and despite her longtime relationship with William and reportedly good relationship with Prince Charles, every encounter with the Queen is no doubt still an unfathomably big deal.
Indeed, royal writer Judy Wade tells People, who garnered the lunch exclusive: “It’s a momentous day for her.”