Princess Kate's mom and sister were the first to visit the family at Kensington Palace

By Joanne Fowler
May 03, 2015 09:20 AM

She’s not a royal, but Carole Middleton nabbed the VIP grandparent spot on Sunday.

She was one of the first people to meet the newborn princess – even before Prince Charles.

Dressed in a white patterned blouse, the proud grandmother drive into Kensington Palace around 11:30 a.m. BST on Sunday morning in a black Range Rover with her daughter, Pippa Middleton, 31, past a throng of photographers.

An hour and a half later, Prince Charles, 66, arrived at the palace with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 67, to meet his granddaughter for the first time driving a light green Audi. They later drove out of the palace at 2:25 p.m. BST, waving to the crowd, after spending an hour and a half at the palace.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
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The mood outside Kensington Palace was peaceful with only a few dozen photographers and a handful of curious tourists, a stark contrast to the circus outside St. Mary’s Hospital when the media and hundreds of well-wishers waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the new princess.

Michael Middleton was also seen driving into the palace alone at 1:35 pm BST, also driving a dark Range Rover.

Michael Middleton

When Prince George was born in July 2013, Carole also had the honor of meeting her grandson before the Prince of Wales.

Other friends have appeared at the palace to welcome the new princess and visit with new parents Princess Kate and Prince William. Close friend Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who is a godmother to Prince George, is also thought to have arrived with her husband.

It is not clear when Queen Elizabeth II will meet the new princess, her fifth great grandchild. She was reportedly spotted in Sandringham on Sunday and was seen wearing pink at a royal event in Yorkshire on Saturday.

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