Princess Kate Was a no-show as the royals paraded at Windsor Castle in annual service of Order of the Garter
On Monday, Prince William donned the long velvet robe and ostrich-feathered hat of the Order of the Garter for an annual parade that’s a highlight of the royal calendar.
Coming two days after Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday celebrations, William, 32, joined the senior members of his family for the service marking the oldest, and most senior, order of chivalry in the United Kingdom.
Unlike past years, Princess Kate was not on hand to watch William walk down the hill at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, for the service at St. George’s Chapel. Royal sources explain that she’s yet to return to royal engagements while she’s still on maternity leave. (Her appearance at Trooping was because it is a family occasion.)
Kate, 33, had been among the smiling crowds in 2008 – three years before their wedding – when William became the 1,000th member of the Order. And she was there again last year alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they watched their husbands take part in the parade.
After the 30-minute service, William joined his father Prince Charles, 66, and stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 67, for the carriage ride back to the castle.
It follows a heady weekend of activities for the family, including the traditional Trooping the Colour where a certain young prince stole the show.
On Sunday, while the Queen headed to Windsor’s Guards Polo club to watch polo, her younger relatives did the same, watching the same sport around 100 miles west near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. There, as dad William and uncle Prince Harry played polo, Prince George played with his royal cousins and had a run-around with mom Kate.
Earlier Monday, William, the Queen and other members of the royal family were feted by 80 flag-waving schoolchildren as he walked through a guard of honor at the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
The day’s event started with William unveiling of The Jurors, an artwork commissioned for the occasion that came in in the form of 12 bronze chairs representing the jury system, which grew out of Magna Carta.
The chairs feature 24 stories of justice, including those of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Oscar Wilde’s “Ballad of Reading Gaol.”
Artist Hew Locke, told reporters, “[William] was quite fascinated by it. My impression was when we started talking about the Mandela chair he got interested in that. He was the easiest guy I have talked to all day.”
The latest statue of the Queen was also unveiled at in the Thameside village as part of the celebrations.
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