Kate Middleton hasn’t been spotted out in public much since the birth of her second child, Princess Charlotte, on May 2.
The utterly devoted mom has been frequently forgoing invitations to fancy, high-profile parties — she even passed on attending a society wedding in August with her husband, Prince William, 33, when one of his pals got married — in favor of low-key afternoons spent playing with Charlotte and
Prince George, 2, in the park. (“Monster” is a current favorite game.)
The royal family at Charlotte's christening in July 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But there’s one event that she wouldn’t dream of missing: Queen Elizabeth II’s private celebration of becoming the nation’s longest-reigning monarch at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept. 9. Reports a source, “They will attend a family dinner that Her Majesty will give that evening.”
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It’s especially fitting that Kate, 33, will come out of her self-imposed exile for this occasion: After all, she and her 89-year-old grandmother-in-law have grown closer of late, forming a bond based on deep mutual respect and affection.
Kate and the Queen in March 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“The queen admires Kate,” a Buckingham Palace insider tells Closer. “She likes the fact that Kate isn’t attracted to the fame and money and lifestyle, but has married into the family simply because she fell in love with William.”
That glowing approval is extra welcome considering that Her Majesty is hardly known for being the warm and fuzzy type — something that appears to be changing in her later years.
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