Prince William and Catherine “hosted a party for military families at Kensington Palace” today. Here they are arriving at the event, passing along a lane with a fake snow-blower setting the scene for a winter wonderland effect.
William and Kate take the short walk from their Kensington Palce home to the Christmas party for military families @people #royal #dukeandduchessofcambridge #princewilliam #kateMiddleton #princesskate pic.twitter.com/Zg3OEPD2Yz— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) December 4, 2018
The kids were probably really into it. Games and crafts stations were set up for the children, Santa came to hang out too, and Kate spoke at the reception, sharing her personal experience about when William was serving in the RAF and what it was like when he was away from home. I like this shot of her here at the podium. Cute smile, right?
"It’s really lovely to see you all here. Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation."— The Duchess of Cambridge @RAFCGY @RAFMarhamMedia pic.twitter.com/J1Z3fCTps0— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 4, 2018
I also like this outfit. It’s a really good outfit by Kate’s standards. That is a great tartan skirt. It fits perfectly, falls perfectly, and it’s a perfect length, not too low so as to cover too much of the boots and not too high to end up at that in-between area that she’s not trendy enough to pull off. If I could make any improvement, I would have swapped out that black top with the buttons for a fitted black turtleneck, no embellishments but that might have been a step too far.
Will and Kate are scheduled to travel to Cyprus tomorrow to host another holiday party for military service personnel and open the Oasis Centre at RAF Akrotiri where service members can relax and enjoy downtime when they aren’t on shift. Both of these events were announced a few weeks ago to the royal schedule. What was not previously announced was Meghan Markle’s meeting with Michelle Obama.
Mrs Obama was in London last night on her book tour and met with Royal Meghan:
Kensington Palace confirm that Duchess Meghan attended @MichelleObama’s #IamBecoming memoir discussion with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at @southbankcentre last night.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 4, 2018
Meghan attended “privately” and, as @theroyaleditor first reported, met the former First Lady backstage afterwards.
In other words, not an “official” engagement and therefore no press present to photograph the moment. Probably a picture was taken for their own personal collections but no photos have been released to the public. If and when that photo does come out there, you know it would be a big ass f-cking deal. Which is why the timing has to be sensitively considered. Will and Kate were out doing something very important today so the photo focus SHOULD be on their holiday party with the military families. Same will likely apply tomorrow in Cyprus. Maybe it’ll show up, eventually, on Michelle Obama’s Instagram account? Consider this though:
If there was any inclination though on Meghan’s part to upstage the Cambridges, and Kate in particular, as has been rumoured or suggested, she could have found a way to blow this wide open, and be seen at the event instead of having it reported through words and no visuals. This was deliberately kept low-key.