Kate and Prince William battle rain as they step up duties for frail Queen – PICTURES

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the third and final garden party held at Buckingham Palace, alongside her husband, Prince William.

The couple battled the elements on Wednesday, May 25 to attend the event in the run-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Joined by other senior royals, they huddled underneath umbrellas to persevere with the celebration, despite the unfavourable weather conditions.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, donned a pale blue dress created by her private dressmaker, which she previously wore to attend Prince Charles’ 50th anniversary of his investiture.

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The Duke and Duchess battled unpredictable weather in the capital for the garden party (Image: PA)

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The Duchess held a complementary umbrella to fend off the London rain (Image: PA)

She debuted the chic outfit back in 2019.

The three garden parties, hosted at Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, are traditionally held by the Queen to reward exceptional acts of public service.

Speaking on the Queen’s absence from the parties, royal expert Angela Levin said it was a “shame” the monarch did not host the events, as she did previously, but a decision made in Her Majesty’s interests.

She said: “It’s a good decision for the Queen not to attend garden parties as there would be too much standing.

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The Duke and Duchess attended the event alongside Princess Beatrice and the Wessexes (Image: PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Image: PA)

“What a shame though.”

The Queen has attended a number of official royal engagements in recent weeks, including touring the 10 gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday.

Her Majesty arrived at the annual event, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, in a buggy for her enhanced “comfort”.

A Palace statement said the “adjustments” had been made “for the Queen’s comfort”, the monarch using the buggy for the first time in almost a decade.

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The Duchess welcomed guests on the grounds of Buckingham Palace (Image: PA)

Joe Little, of Majesty Magazine, called the use of a buggy an “extremely practical arrangement that will allow the Queen to take part in as many engagements as she is able to do”.

The Queen has attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show more than 50 times over her reign, and many elements of this year’s show had been crafted in her honour.

The director-general of the Royal Horticultural Society called the Queen “the most special person” to the organisation.

SOURCE: EXPRESS CO UK

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