Prince William and Kate are ending their royal train tour across the UK in the most regal setting of all. After two, long days the couple have finally reunited with the Queen for the Royal Family’s first public outing together in nine months.
The 94-year-old monarch was tonight joined by Charles, Camilla, Edward and Sophie and Princess Anne.
The Queen beamed a huge smile as she arrived at Windsor Castle’s quadrangle to lead tributes to key workers, care staff and volunteers who help the vulnerable in the community close to the castle.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne were also in attendance. Notably absent were Prince Andrew, who withdrew from the public eye Jeffrey Epstein’s scandal, and Prince Harry and Meghan.
The royals were serenaded some Christmas carols by the Salvation Army band, before meeting Commissioners Anthony and Gillian Cotterill – the Territorial leaders of The Salvation Army.
Four small Christmas trees, two each side of the steps, were decorated with white lights.
The Queen appeared well, dressed in a vibrant red coat, matching hat and a black Launer handbag. Duchess Kate had switched her red Alexander McQueen coat for a dark green coat with faux fur neckline.
The royal family remained socially distanced during the event.
Windsor Castle was the final stop on Prince William and Kate’s tour of England, Scotland and Wales by Royal Train.
Earlier in the day, Prince William and Kate visited Cardiff Castle, where they met with students at a festive market for hot chocolate and toasted treats. By the end of the visit, they took part in a Secret Santa gift swap.
William won a beer glass coaster set, decorated with Guinness designs. A student revealed that the Prince chuckled and said he enjoyed a glass.
“He said, ‘That speaks to me,’” the student says. “I was nervous about meeting them but once you get started talking the conversation just rolls on. They’re really down to earth.”