Kate and William meet Queen and Charles in big Royal Family reunion after lockdown

Kate and William meet Queen and Charles in big Royal Family reunion after lockdown

 

The Royal family has been reunited after months apart during lockdown.

At the end of a two day long Royal Train tour of the country, Prince William and Kate stopped off at Windsor Castle.

There they were greeted by The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie, and Princess Anne.

The royal family has been separated for much of the pandemic, with the Queen spending most of her time in Windsor Castle while her husband remained in Sandringham.

The castle has come to be known as HMS Bubble during lockdown, with a skeleton crew of staff keeping exposure to the monarch to a minimum.

Today the royals gathered in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to meet local volunteers and key workers, who will be spreading festive cheer Christmas period.

They were serenaded by the The Salvation Army Band who performed a selection of Christmas carols, before meeting Commissioners Anthony and Gillian Cotterill – the Territorial leaders of The Salvation Army.

The monarch’s appearance was the first time she has been seen in public with the Prince of Wales and senior members of the monarchy en-masse since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of The Firm kept a distance from each other’s respective bubbles as they posed for a photo.

Windsor Castle was the final stop on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of England, Scotland and Wales by Royal Train.

Earlier today the couple admitted that they were still struggling over their plans for Christmas.

They told students in Cardiff that they didn’t know who to spend the festive season with as the Queen last week made the decision to cancel her annual family get together at Sandringham.

“It is so difficult, we are still trying to make plans,’ William said.

“It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”

Afterwards Lily Faulkner, 21, a second year Politics and International Studies student at Cardiff University said: “They were trying like the rest of us to make Christmas plans with their family and still weren’t 100 percent sure of what they were going to do or where they were going to be.”

Kate and William were speaking to the students in Cardiff Castle, which had been turned into a winter wonderland – albeit a socially-distanced one – with illuminations and a food market.

The couple grabbed sticks loaded with giant marshmallows to toast around a small bonfire with Lily and two fellow students, Azaria Anaman, 23, who is in her first year of accounting and finance, and Shahzeb Akhtar, 21, who is his third year of studying optometr.

Kate struggled with her marshmallows, which kept sliding on her stick, and at one point giggled as it got stuck on her gloves.

This afternoon they met with NHS workers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Graham Sims, chairman of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, told Kate “welcome back”.

The Duchess was born in the hospital, which is not far from her family home in Bucklebury.

On the day NHS began its mass vaccination programme across the UK, William told the medical staff: “Keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

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