Kate Middleton steps up to host world leaders with King Charles and Camilla

Kate Middletonjoined the Royal Family to host Commonwealth leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace on Saturday 17 September afternoon.

The Princess of Wales, 40, was part of the members of the Royal Family greeting the dignitaries alongsidePrince William, 40,  King Charles, 73, andCamilla, 75.

Kate, 40, looked elegant as she wore a black dress and long three-strand pearl necklace and matching bracelet, while meeting the leaders of the nations that have the United Kingdom’s monarchy as their head of state.

Princess Anne, 72,and the Earl of Wessex, 58, also attended this afternoon's lunch for the governors-general of the Commonwealth nations at Buckingham Palace.

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The governors-general of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu were among those present.

The Princess of Wales was photographed talking with His Excellency Mr. Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles, Governor of St Lucia.

Elsewhere Prince William was pictured speaking with Governor of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dame Susan Dougan.

It’s been a busy day so far forPrince William who joined the King to greet mourners queuing to pay their respects to the Queenthis morning.

The pair seemed to boost the spirits of queuers as several also shouted “God Save the King” and “God Save the Prince of Wales” as each passed by. Prince William told one member of the public: "Sorry you got so cold last night".

On Friday afternoonhe and his wife discussed how “strange” it wasgoing from celebrating the Queen’s jubilee to her death in a few short months.

William and Katewere speaking with troops from the Commonwealth, who are taking part in the late monarch’s funeral, at Army Training Centre Pirbright in Surrey.

William, talking with troops from Australia, was heard saying the difference between the celebrations in June and the funeral preparations shows “the highs and lows of it all”.

Meanwhile, Kate, who was speaking with Canadian military personnel, said: “Going from that (the Jubilee) to this in a few months is very strange.”

The Prince of Wales added that the Queen will be “looking down” on her funeral service.

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There were 64 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 28 members of the Australian Defence Force at the centre.

The troops are in the UK because they are involved in the procession during Monday’s service, alongside British soldiers.

They are being accommodated at Pirbright until the funeral and are rehearsing their roles in the ceremony, with practice marches occurring across the site.


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