Why Kate Will Be Attending The NATO Reception Alone

On Tuesday, December 3, the Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace, which will be hosted by the Queen.  It is part of a string of events designed to mark 70 years since the founding of the alliance.

However, Kate will attend the event solo, as Prince William is going to be away on an official visit to the Middle East.

Still she will be joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

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A statement released by the palace reads: “Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, will host a reception for NATO leaders, spouses or partners, and delegations, at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years of the NATO alliance.

“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will formally receive the NATO leaders and their partners.“This will be followed by a group photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness with the Heads of State and Government.”

It continues: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra will welcome the guests in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace.”

The last time we saw Kate was last Monday, when she and William attended the Royal Variety Performance.

The Duchess wowed in a full-length gown with black lace overlay by her favourite designer Alexander McQueen as they arrived at The London Palladium theatre.

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Then, Kate was due to attend the Tusk Conservation Awards with William too, but she pulled out of it last minute due to the children.

Still, the couple hosted a tea party for the finalists at Kensington Palace earlier that afternoon. The Duchess appeared in good spirits as she chatted to their guests in a video released on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.

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