The Duchess of Cambridge has kept a low-profile in recent months, but the royal was happy to make a public appearance to attend her friend’s wedding last weekend.
Kate, 36, took a rare break from maternity leave as she joined Prince William, 36, at the wedding of her close friend Sophie Carter to Robert Snuggs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk on Saturday.
Their eldest children, Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three, served as page boy and bridesmaid at the nuptials, but five-month-old son Prince Louis stayed at home.
It is the latest signal that the mother-of-three might soon be ramping up her public appearances.
Kate, 36, took a rare break from maternity leave as she joined Prince William, 36, at the wedding of her close friend Sophie Carter to Robert Snuggs in Norfolk on Saturday. Pictured, the proud mother with Charlotte, three, in her arms. George smiles second from left
Prince William, pictured, looked dapper in a morning coat as he arrived for the nuptials. The royal, 36, has been attending engagements solo while his wife has been on maternity leave
The couple looked delighted to make a rare family outing to celebrate the nuptials of Kate’s childhood friend Sophie Carter, pictured arriving at the church with her father
The Duchess of Cambridge announced ahead of Prince Louis’ birth in April that she would be stepping back from the spotlight to focus on spending time with her young children.
She has attended a handful of high-profile engagements, including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May, but has largely left William to continue with his royal duties solo.
It is believed Kate’s schedule will begin to pick up again next month when she could attend a World Mental Health Day event on 10 October.
Earlier this month it emerged Kate attended a private farewell meeting with Miguel Head, Prince William’s private secretary, to mark his departure.
Some royal watchers have speculated Kate might have sought Mr Head’s advice during the meeting.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who coordinated with page boy Prince George’s knickerbockers in a vibrant shade of periwinkle blue, is seen holding flower girl Princess Charlotte in her arms at the wedding of her old school friend Sophie Carter to Robert Suggs in Norfolk over the weekend
Left, Princess Charlotte is seen in Kate’s arms, while her big brother Prince George flashes a cheeky smile, and right, the radiant bride and groom Sophie Carter and Robert Suggs on their big day at St Andrew’s Church in Letheringsett, Norfolk. Kate and Sophie were schoolgirls together at Marlborough College
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pageboy and flower girl respectively at the wedding of their mother Kate’s close friend Sophie Carter to Robert Suggs in Norfolk on Saturday. All the children wore bespoke outfits from Amaia Kids. Kate, 36, wore a periwinkle blue suit by Catherine Walker with a floral headpiece believed to be by Jane Taylor
The Cambridges are reported to have arrived at the ceremony in a farmer’s truck, decorated with flowers and ribbons.
Five-year-old George – in a collarless white shirt, sky-blue knickerbockers, white stockings and white loafers – seemed in particularly playful mood.
A source told People magazine that George was ‘the leader of the pack’ and said that the five-year-old was ‘having a great time’.
He laughed and giggled – and even led his fellow pageboys in a game of soldiers, marching around the church drive after the ceremony. Earlier he had poked his head out of the church porch several times as he waited for the bride to arrive.
The prince as a pageboy: George wore a collarless white shirt, sky-blue knickerbockers, white stockings and white loafers as a member of the bridal party on Saturday at the quintessentially English country wedding
Playful pageboy Prince George – seen clutching his mother the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand – looked adorable at the ceremony on Saturday, dressed to impress in vibrant blue knickerbockers, a white collarless shirt, white stockings and white loafers
Prince George, dressed in a white shirt, sky blue knickerbockers, white stockings and white loafers, appeared to take charge of the games outside the church – much to the amusement of his mother Kate, who was snapped smiling fondly as she kept an eye on the bride’s pint-sized attendants
Charlotte, three, in a white dress with blue piping and circlet of flowers, seemed unimpressed with his antics, frowning as she clutched a posy and a blue bag.
Other members of the Middleton clan were also in attendance including Kate’s parents Michael and Carole as well as her brother James.
Heavily pregnant Pippa, who is expecting her first child with James Matthews next month, was not in attendance.
Kate’s brother James and their parents Michael and Carole Middleton, who have all known Sophie since she was a schoolgirl, were also there, but sister Pippa, whose first baby is due imminently, was absent.
All the children wore bespoke outfits from Amaia Kids. Kate, 36, wore a periwinkle blue suit by Catherine Walker with a floral headpiece believed to be by Juliette Botterill Millinery – the same designer behind the piece the Duchess wore for Prince Louis’ christening.
Her hairstylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, is thought to have styled the bride’s hair.
The bride, holding her goddaughter – and flower girl – Princess Charlotte in her arms, smiles radiantly as she emerges from the church accompanied by her adorable bridal party – including Prince George, who flashed a cheeky grin for the cameras
Bride Sophie looked radiant in her delicate lace gown, accompanied by a gaggle of gorgeous flower girls and page boys – including Prince George and her goddaughter, Princess Charlotte
The bride and groom posed for photographs beneath a flower arch that decorated the church door, with their adorable young attendants gathered around them – and flower girl Princess Charlotte in her godmother Sophie’s arms
The Duchess of Cambridge’s hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, was also a guest at the wedding on Saturday, attended by Kate, William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and her younger brother James Middleton
The bride Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess’s side at various parties and events.
While in their younger days the girls used to party the nights away, they now mainly watch tennis (they play together and hang out at Wimbledon), though they were pictured cheering exuberantly at Cirque du Soleil for Kate’s 31st birthday.
The daughter of Norfolk construction tycoon Robert Carter, Sophie is also, helpfully, an expert in early years’ learning, having been a nursery and prep school teacher.
The Durham University graduate has developed a phonics educational app, ‘Hip Hop Hen’.