The Duchess of Cambridge was back on royal duties this weekend after a period of self-isolation, and presented the Wimbledon women’s trophy to winner Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Czech finalist Karolina Pliskova. She attended both the Wimbledon men and women’s final as well as England’s penalty defeat to Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley. Meanwhile the Queen also showed her support to Gareth Southgate’s England side before Sunday’s final by penning a letter offering her “good wishes”.
She wrote on Saturday night: “I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Yet, despite the united front shown by Queen and Kate this weekend, the pair have had their own disagreements in the past.
In 2011 the Duchess of Cambridge was put in charge of overseeing the public display of her wedding dress after her marriage to the Queen’s grandson, William.
Months of planning went into the royal wedding exhibit at Buckingham Palace, and the centre of which was the famous Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen dress worn by Kate Middleton.
But footage from July 22, 2011 showed that when the Queen Elizabeth saw the display, she told the Duchess of Cambridge “It’s horrid, isn’t it? Horrible, it’s dreadful.
“It’s made to look very creepy.”
Kate responded with her own view and said it had a ”3D effect”.
Speaking on 2012 documentary William and Kate: A First Anniversary Celebration author of William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding, Andrew Morton explained: “When you went to the exhibition of Catherine’s wedding dress at Buckingham palace it seemed creepy because you had this halo of light surrounding the tiara and wedding dress.
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“The dress is an exquisitely modern example of a personal collaboration between a bride and her designer.”
On April 29 Prince William and Kate celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary just two weeks after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, the Queens husband of 73 years, at Windsor Castle.
The Queen paid tribute to the couple in a statement: “Wishing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary.
“Today marks 10 years since Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey.”
The couple enjoyed a quiet and private celebration and visited a family-run farm in the English countryside.
Local business The Key was featured as part of an initiative funded by one of the 26 charities chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 to benefit from donations made to their royal wedding charitable gift fund.
The business received £33,000 from the gift fund and allowed the organisation to hire an extra member of staff and expand their projects.