KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William reportedly arrived at Balmoral Castle yesterday to join other members of the Royal Family. What will they do? Why aren’t Meghan Markle and Prince Harry there?
Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 37, have headed to Scotland and are thought to be visiting the Queen at Balmoral Castle. Although Kate and William are reportedly spending the weekend there, Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 34, could be skipping the trip. The castle is a popular summer holiday destination for members of the Royal Family and Kate and William were accompanied by their three children. What will they do there?
Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.
Queen Elizabeth II is believed to enjoy spending the summer in Balmoral and will stay from around mid-July until September each year.
During this time, members of the Royal Family usually visit for shorter stays during the summer.
Although Kate and William are thought to be there, it is unlikely they will see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, a source said: “Harry and Meghan won’t be going up at the same time as William and the cousins. They plan to go next month.”
This is apparently due to Prince Harry’s work commitments and he is scheduled to attend the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final on Saturday as a Patron of the Rugby Football League.
Kate Middleton The Duchess and William are thought to be visiting the Queen at Balmoral Castle (Image GETTY)
The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, 29, is a big fan of the area and has opened up about how they tend to spend their time.
Speaking on ITV’s Our Queen At Ninety, Eugenie described the royal’s schedule when they are at Balmoral.
She said: “Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.
“It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there where you just have room to breathe and run.”
Balmoral housekeeper, Sheena Stuart, also gave a glimpse into the royals lives there speaking on BBC’s Countryfile.
Kate Middleton The castle is a popular summer holiday destination for members of the Royal Family (Image GETTY)
Kate Middleton She has been part of the Royal Family since marrying Prince William (Image EXPRESS)
Kate Middleton She arrived in Scotland with Prince William and their three children (Image GETTY)
Kate Middleton Balmoral Castle is one of the residences of the Royal Family (Image EXPRESS)
She said: “The Duke, he cooks, the Queen sets up the table. There are no staff that come out to serve.”
The castle has been part of the royal estate since 1852 and is often visited by the royals.
It covers around 50,000 acres and is a working estate with grouse moors, forestry and farmland.
Most details of royal properties are kept quiet but the Queen has previously given a glimpse inside the grand castle.
Inside, the property is decorated with green furniture and large bookcases in the drawing room.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK