Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Were Absent From Royal Ascot Today?

The Royal Ascot is an annual event, a highlight on the British social calendar. It has arrived again. And it has brought lots of hats, horses, and of course, lots of glamour. The Queen is passionate about horses so this is said to be her favorite event of the year.

And just like every year, the Royals have gathered in the small town of Ascot, England for the Royal Ascot races. The event has been a tradition since 1768. They are joining about 300,000 others for the event.

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We noticed the newly wedded couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and many. However, one of our favorite couples was absent: Prince William and Kate Middleton.

But, they have good excuses to skip the horse race. That’s because the two have prior engagements. Prince William had an engagement at the International Business Festival in Liverpool. And Duchess Kate was taking care for little Prince Louis.

He’s the event’s patron for 2018, and congratulated the thousands of delegates there for bringing together businesspeople “ to build networks and to share knowledge.”

He was also spotted shaking a robotic hand made by a 3D printer at as he was presented with the invention in front of the Industrial Strategy booth at the world’s largest business festival.

William met with delegates and exhibitors at the event, which is hosted every two years in the city of Liverpool.

The Duke was also in Liverpool to officially open UK’s first center, James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund, or James’ Place, to tackle male suicide. The center is dedicated to helping men who struggle with mental health issues.

Mental health has long been a priority for Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. The trio started Heads Together to tackle the stigma around getting help for mental illness.

When it comes to Kate, she’s still on maternity leave. Still, we were lucky to see her on  Trooping the Colour. Considering her previous two pregnancies, she is expected to return to her royal engagements six months after giving birth. So, you should expect to see her more often starting this autumn.

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