Kate Middleton is out and about today with the big boss: Queen Elizabeth II. And believe it or not, it’s actually the first time they’ve had an official royal engagement together where it’s just the two of them.
Back in March 2012—about a year after her wedding to Prince William—Middleton joined the queen on a visit to Leicester as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour. At the time, this was a really big deal because it marked the Duchess of Cambridge’s first time out with the queen, sans William. But Prince Philip was also there, making today’s outing a first.
So, what’s on tap for the queen and the future queen consort? “The Queen is Patron of @KingsCollegeLon – which is the 4th oldest university in England,” according to the queen’s official Twitter account. “Today The Duchess is accompanying Her Majesty to see Bush House, a set of buildings which have been converted to include lecture theatres, teaching rooms, and an auditorium.” People reports King’s College has played a major role in world-beating research, including the discovery of DNA and the work that led to the development of televisions and radar and mobile phones.
Middleton wore a gray coat dress from one of her favorite designers, Catherine Walker, and a Sylvia Fletcher hat, while the queen chose a Stewart Parvin Old Rose cashmere coat and coordinating hat, natch.
And, of course, they received beautiful bouquets of flowers as they left.
It appears the queen shares a sweet relationship with both her granddaughters-in-law. She and Meghan Markle made their first trip together last year, not long after Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry. The two took the royal train to Cheshire and seemed to have a jolly good time. Next up, I vote Markle, Middleton, and the queen take a joint girls’ trip together.