So I guess they’re not on vacation? Prince William attended a carol service at St. Lukes Church in Chelsea for the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund last night. Both Carole Middleton and Pippa Middleton came out for the carol service but Kate Middleton sat this one out.
William and Prince Harry have been Joint Patrons of the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund since 2009. The Memorial Fund was set up in memory of their friend, Henry van Straubenzee, who died in a car crash in 2002 and “aim[s] to improve the quality of education in impoverished rural Ugandan schools by investing in buildings and providing hygienic and educational resources. [They] form partnerships with schools to ensure that even the poorest children have access to high quality education.”
William and Harry attend this carol service every year (when in the UK; obviously Harry is busy in Africa right now and William has missed this event in the past).
The Middletons are regulars at this event, too – though by the looks of last night’s pictures William didn’t actually attend with the Middletons, or at least didn’t arrive/leave with them. In previous years, Pippa went in 2014 and Carole went in 2013. By the way, if you look at Carole’s shoes, she’s totally wearing Kate’s Aquatalia booties. I don’t know if Carole is borrowing the booties from Kate or if Carole has a pair of her own, but either way mother and daughter are bootie twinsies.
I thought for sure William and Kate would sneak away for a vacation in the almost two weeks they have off between their last engagements and their next ones – especially after they released those Charlotte pics – but I guess not. William is clearly in the UK and Kate wouldn’t go without at least her mother and sister so she must be in the UK, too.
I don’t know why Kate keeps skipping this event. In 2012 I get, since this event would have taken place right around when she announced her pregnancy with George, but why not the other years? Did William tell her to keep away or did she decide to skip it on her own? Hm…
In a programming note, we’ll catch up with Harry tomorrow, I wanted to post this today since it disproves our theory that William and Kate flew off on vacation.
PS. Kate continued the trend of dressing Princess Charlotte in Spanish-branded clothing (Charlotte wore Spanish brand Irulea leaving the hospital and for her first pictures with Prince George), Charlotte’s floral dress in the newly released photos came from Spanish brand M&H Tiendas.
Photos: Twitter / Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace