The Duke and Duchess made their first appearance at Ascot Racecourse today as they took their seats in the first carriage forming part of the royal procession
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Kate Middleton and Prince William were praised for their kind gesture to the Queen as they introduced members of the company to Royal Ascot.
The Duke and Duchess were the senior royals at Ascot Racecourse today as they took their seats in the first carriage forming part of the royal procession. Express.co.uk reported.
It’s Kate and William’s first appearance at the highly anticipated races this year.
Kate and William shared the carriage with the Honorable Arthur George Vestey, whose elder brother is a close friend of the Duke and also an Old Etonian, and his wife Martha.
Arthur is also the son of the Queen’s friend and former Master of the Horse, Baron Samuel Vestey.
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The decision to ride in the carriage with the Vesteys was described as a “beautiful gesture” by royal commentator Richard Eden.
He wrote on Twitter: “Nice gesture by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to invite Arthur and his wife Martha to travel in their carriage.
“Arthur lost both of his parents during the pandemic.
“His father, Lord Vestey, often rode in the Queen’s carriage.”
En route to the racecourse, Kate and William were spotted chatting and engaging in intense conversations with their guests.
The couple had to deal with the blustery weather as Kate and William were forced to make sure their hats stayed in place as they were nearly evicted.
As her carriage entered the racecourse and passed the pens, Kate smiled widely and waved to the fans who had gathered for the past few hours.
The only other member of the company taking part in the procession today is Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne.
He was accompanied by his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace, who was also spotted in the royal box during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5.
They shared the carriage with the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.
Another notable guest spotted at Ascot today was Carrie Johnson, wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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