Royal Family LIVE – Kate Middleton in HYTSERICS as she's mistaken for Prince William's assistant

KATE MIDDLETON has been labelled the "most down-to earth" royal after she was mistaken for Prince William's assistant, leaving her in hysterics.

During her visit to the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff in August 2021 The Duchess of Cambridge was with her husband when the comment was made by one of the residents.

Joan Drew-Smith, 87, pointed out the future Queen of England and asked William: “Is that your assistant?"

To which Kate replied with a laugh as she turned to the Duke: “Well, I am your assistant.

“I have been for a long time!”

The couple were visiting the care home in person after entertaining the residents virtually with a bingo game during the first lockdown.

Read our Royal Family blog below for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    I’m Kate Middleton’s hairstylist – the trick I do to take YEARS off her face instantly

    Achieving a youthful appearance isn't all about your skincare routine.

    Your hairstyle can also play a huge role in how old you look.

    One hairstyle, in particular, is used by royalty to look a decade younger.

    Richard Ward, Kate Middleton's hairstylist, revealed the style that takes years off the duchess' face.

    Instead of her signature bouncy blowout, Ward said sleek hair tucked behind the ears is the best style for Kate.

    He wrote for the Daily Mail: "Pulling the duchess's hair back like that opened up her face, showing off her gorgeous bone structure in a striking manner.

    Ward called the easy 'do "an instant facelift without letting a surgeon put their scalpel anywhere near you."

    Several celebrities have also taken notice of the youthful look, and have adopted the style for themselves.

    Celebs like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, and Gwyneth Paltrow, have all donned the simple look on the red carpet.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sussexes mocked over Netflix deal

    The Sussexes’ reported Netflix series has been mocked by claims that while it may bring attention to causes the couple “care deeply about” it could have a “more insidious consequence”.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly taking part in an “at-home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex-style” series according to Page Six.

    Royal commentator Daniela Elser commented on what she referred to as the “Duke and Duchess’ foray into what sounds awfully like reality TV territory.”

    In her column she wrote: “Now that all signs point to Harry and Meghan filming a ‘docuseries,’ can we believe what we see?

    “Having reportedly crossed over into what sounds a lot like reality TV world, can we ever take what we see them doing, saying or wearing at face value?”

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans all saying same thing about ’embarrassed’ Prince Harry

    HARRY & Meghan fans are saying the same thing after an "embarrassed" Prince Harry had his face wiped by Meghan in public.

    A new clip shows the Duchess, who is wearing an enormous black sunhat, congratulating her husband's team by kissing him on the cheek.

    Footage shows Meghan giving each player a continental-style kiss on each cheek before planting a smooch on Harry's lips as the prince leans in.

    She was wearing red lipstick at the time and appeared to notice that some of it had transferred during the kiss.

    But she gvave Harry's lips a wipe with her fingers in an intimate moment watched by the crowd of spectators – leaving Harry looking agitated.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin claimed the stunt was “embarrassing” for the Duke.

    Ms Levin tweeted: “Why did M wipe Harry's face when it's prize giving time? How embarrassing for him.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Inside Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall’s shock Albert Square appearance

    AMID all the drama, feuding and money woes, Albert Square residents are getting a visit from two special guests.

    Next week in EastEnders, The Prince of Wales and his wife The Duchess of Cornwall are invited for a special Jubilee visit in Walford.

    As dramatic storylines continue to unfold on-screen, the royal family will be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee next week.

    While Brits are undoubtedly eager to join in with an extended bank holiday weekend, celebrations will also be taken through to Albert Square.

    In April, 2022, the set of the iconic BBC One drama received a royal visit as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall took a trip to the fictional London borough.

    Although the visit became public knowledge, viewers were perhaps not expecting for the royal pair to make an appearance on their screens.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen attends Chelsea

    THE Queen attended the Chelsea Flower Show for a private view of this year's gardens.

    Her Majesty, 96, beamed as she looked at the stunning exhibits at the annual show in South West London.

    It was unclear whether she would make the event but Buckingham Palace confirmed she was attending at the eleventh hour.

    Members of the Royal Family  visited the show, ahead of the official opening on Tuesday.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra also attended.

    The Queen has attended the world-famous event more than 50 times in her 70-year reign as patron of the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen tipped to make SECOND Jubilee balcony appearance

    A royal historian has tipped that the Queen could make a second balcony appearance during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers predicts the monarch, 96, will make a second balcony appearance after the Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, June 5 – which is the finale of the extravaganza.

    Mr Vickers told 9Honey: "I suspect – I could be wrong, but I'm not always wrong – after the pageant… [the Queen will] almost certainly come out on the balcony and I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't a very, very small group indeed – it could possibly even just be Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

    "So you see the Queen with her next three successors."

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘End of an era’ for The Queen at Royal Ascot

    THE QUEEN is set to signal 'the end of an era' by breaking a decades-long tradition at Royal Ascot, according to reports.

    The Daily Mail says Her Majesty, 96, will not lead the famous Royal Procession that starts each day's racing at next month's Royal Ascot.

    Instead, plans have been drawn up for her to be driven the short distance from Windsor Castle to the Berkshire racecourse by car.

    The Queen first attended Royal Ascot in an open carriage in 1946, to mark the return to normal life after the end of World War II.

    Since then, she failed to do so only twice – when pregnant – right up until the pandemic took hold in 2020.

    A source told the Mail: "It's the end of an era.

    "Carriages are no longer possible for Her Majesty.

    "It's not the ride that's the problem, but the steep steps that are needed to get into and down from the landau.

    "The Queen hopes very much to attend Royal Ascot, each day if possible. She will arrive by car, though."

    A landau is the name for the luxury four-wheeled carriage distinguished guests arrive in at the June festival.

  • Louis Allwood

    Elizabeth line opens

    The new Elizabeth line has finally opened to Londoners as hundreds of people queued throughout the night to take the first trains from Paddington and Abbey Wood.

    The first train from Paddington through central London departed on time at 6.33am carrying hundreds of enthusiasts.

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hailed it as an “historic day”.

    He said: “This is a huge moment, not just for London, but the entire country – particularly in this special Jubilee year."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen is looking for a gardener to mow the lawns at Windsor

    Her Majesty is currently looking for a gardener to mow the lawns at Windsor Castle, and you’ll get paid £20,000 a year. 

    An advertisement was put out on the Royal Household website stating how they want someone to help care for “gardens that thousands will admire.”

    The successful candidate will be hired full-time, working five days a week on a permanent contract. 

    The ad states: “From regular mowing, edging and renovation, you’ll have a passion for lawn care. 

    “You will also maintain shrub, herbaceous and rose borders whilst monitoring and nurturing the health of plants, and young trees.

    “Helping to shape the future of the gardens, you'll plant new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays, ensuring that they continue to provide a spectacular setting for a historic building.”

    The Royal Household states that the job will be an opportunity to “make your mark.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: When is the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

    Brits can enjoy an extra bank holiday in 2022, scheduled for Friday, June 3.

    The late May Bank Holiday will move to June 2 to make it a four-day weekend running from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

    The additional holiday is to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

    It will be the first time a British monarch has reached a Platinum Jubilee.

    A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.

    “The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Duchess on tenterhooks over upcoming book, expert claims

    Royal author Tom Bower’s new biography “must be terrifying” for Meghan Markle, an expert has claimed. 

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Neil Sean claimed: “As he [Tom Bower] said, you know, a lot of people were willing to go on record and speak, many without being paid, we might point out as well.

    “This must be terrifying for Meghan Markle, herself because obviously, they’ve got an axe to grind, some may say, but on the other side of the coin, they definitely want to get their side of the story out”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate's 'calm and stabilising influence' won over royals

    A royal expert has said that Kate Middleton has succeeded in winning over her royal in-laws and the British public through her "calm and stabilising influence".

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, Marlene Koeng said: “Catherine came from a wealthy middle-class background, used to freedoms that she cannot enjoy now.

    “The family – from the Queen to Charles – were supportive, allowing Catherine the time and space to find her role, her voice, her passions for her growing number of patronages.

    “She is calm and a stabilising influence – especially with her husband.”

    She continued: “They have been given the privacy to be able to go about and be a family without the flash of a camera capturing every moment, and they are willing to share some family moments with the public.

    “There have been no real scandals for Catherine and William.

    “They go about their business representing the Queen, taking on more responsibilities. They focus on their issues, their patronages, and especially their family. This is important.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate & William photo ‘nightmare’ for Harry & Meg

    A royal commentator has claimed that Kate Middleton and Prince William stealing the show at the Top Gun premiere last week is a “nightmare” for “floundering” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Royal expert Daniela Elser has said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have transformed into “William and Kate 2.0”, and were now a “sleek and sophisticated double act” as they “transition to king and queen-in-waiting”.

    Writing for the New Zealand Herald, Ms Elser said: “And for Camp Sussex, could this transformation have come at a worse time?

    “In a perfect example of timing being everything, right as the Cambridges stock is soaring, the Sussexes’ is floundering and right now, the chasm-like gap between the two couples’ lives is Grand Canyon-sized.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Underground set for chaos day after Platinum Jubilee weekend

    TUBE staff will strike across the Underground as commuters return to work the day after the Queen's Jubilee weekend.

    Hardline union bosses will hold London hostage yet again as they demand a "modern 21st century Tube".

    The move will result in huge disruption across the capital as strikers hobble public transport after the long weekend.

    Some 4,000 workers are expected to down tools on Monday, June 6.

    The action will start a minute after midnight and last for 24 hours.

    It will likely force the closure of almost every station in zone 1.

    'Above ground' stations can remain open, meaning shuttle services could run.

    Elsewhere, union RMT has announced a ban on overtime from next Friday, June 3 – the second day of the celebrations – until July 10.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    William to appear on new £5 coin

    The Royal Mint has announced that Prince William will feature on a new £5 for his 40th birthday celebrations.

    The UK's official coin producer has unveiled the coin ahead of the future King's milestone birthday on June 21.

    It will feature a portrait of the Duke of Cambridge and is the first time he will appear alone on an official coin struck by the Royal Mint.

  • Milica Cosic

    Platinum Jubilee could see ‘hottest week of the YEAR’ 

    BRITS could swelter through the hottest day of the year before the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations – but there are fears the weekend may be a washout.

    Temperatures next week could exceed the current 2022 high of 27.5C, as Brits prepare to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at the start of June.

    British Weather Services senior meteorologist Jim Dale said the heat could "ramp up" in the days before Brits mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

    He said: “I think as we approach that weekend it might well ramp up… on the run into that weekend we might see something that’s a little bit warmer – maybe even very warm.

  • Milica Cosic

    Who will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony?

    Joining the Queen on the balcony will be the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Princess Royal.

    The momentous line-up also includes the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

    And they will stand alongside Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, for the historic occasion.

    The Sussexes and the Duke of York will, however, still attend other events, but it is not yet known which.

  • Milica Cosic

    Duchess on tenterhooks over upcoming book, expert claims

    Royal author Tom Bower's new biography "must be terrifying" for Meghan Markle, an expert has claimed. 

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Neil Sean claimed: "As he [Tom Bower] said, you know, a lot of people were willing to go on record and speak, many without being paid, we might point out as well.

    "This must be terrifying for Meghan Markle, herself because obviously, they've got an axe to grind, some may say, but on the other side of the coin, they definitely want to get their side of the story out".

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: When is the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

    Brits can enjoy an extra bank holiday in 2022, scheduled for Friday, June 3.

    The late May Bank Holiday will move to June 2 to make it a four-day weekend running from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

    The additional holiday is to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

    It will be the first time a British monarch has reached a Platinum Jubilee.

    A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.

    "The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen is looking for a gardener to mow the lawns at Windsor

    Her Majesty is currently looking for a gardener to mow the lawns at Windsor Castle, and you’ll get paid £20,000 a year. 

    An advertisement was put out on the Royal Household website stating how they want someone to help care for “gardens that thousands will admire.”

    The successful candidate will be hired full-time, working five days a week on a permanent contract. 

    The ad states: “From regular mowing, edging and renovation, you’ll have a passion for lawn care. 

    “You will also maintain shrub, herbaceous and rose borders whilst monitoring and nurturing the health of plants, and young trees.

    “Helping to shape the future of the gardens, you'll plant new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays, ensuring that they continue to provide a spectacular setting for a historic building.”

    The Royal Household states that the job will be an opportunity to “make your mark.”

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘End of an era’ for The Queen at Royal Ascot

    THE QUEEN is set to signal 'the end of an era' by breaking a decades-long tradition at Royal Ascot, according to reports.

    The Daily Mail says Her Majesty, 96, will not lead the famous Royal Procession that starts each day's racing at next month's Royal Ascot.

    Instead, plans have been drawn up for her to be driven the short distance from Windsor Castle to the Berkshire racecourse by car.

    The Queen first attended Royal Ascot in an open carriage in 1946, to mark the return to normal life after the end of World War II.

    Since then, she failed to do so only twice – when pregnant – right up until the pandemic took hold in 2020.

    A source told the Mail: "It's the end of an era.

    "Carriages are no longer possible for Her Majesty.

    "It's not the ride that's the problem, but the steep steps that are needed to get into and down from the landau.

    "The Queen hopes very much to attend Royal Ascot, each day if possible. She will arrive by car, though."

    A landau is the name for the luxury four-wheeled carriage distinguished guests arrive in at the June festival.

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew beams ahead of ‘return to public eye’

    PRINCE Andrew was spotted beaming at the wheel of a Range Rover today – as it was claimed he will return to the public eye within weeks.

    The disgraced duke, who settled his sex abuse case with a multi-million pound pay-out, will reportedly attend Garter Day alongside the Queen and other senior royals on June 13.

    His name will also appear in the next day's Court Circular, and will attend ceremonies as a Royal Knight.

    The event at Windsor, one of the highlights of the family's summer schedule, is set to take place next month for the first time in three years.

    Andrew was essentially banished from the family just four months ago after being sued by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen tipped to make SECOND Jubilee balcony appearance

    A royal historian has tipped that the Queen could make a second balcony appearance during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers predicts the monarch, 96, will make a second balcony appearance after the Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, June 5 – which is the finale of the extravaganza.

    Mr Vickers told 9Honey: "I suspect – I could be wrong, but I'm not always wrong – after the pageant… [the Queen will] almost certainly come out on the balcony and I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't a very, very small group indeed – it could possibly even just be Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

    "So you see the Queen with her next three successors."

  • Milica Cosic

    BREAKING: Queen visits Chelsea Flower Show 

    THE Queen looked blooming lovely today as she visited the Chelsea Flower Show.

    Her Majesty, 96, beamed as she looked at the stunning exhibits at the annual show in South West London.

    It was unclear whether she would make the event but Buckingham Palace confirmed she was attending at the eleventh hour.

    She has attended the world-famous event more than 50 times in her 70-year reign as patron of the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate's 'calm and stabilising influence' won over royals

    A royal expert has said that Kate Middleton has succeeded in winning over her royal in-laws and the British public through her "calm and stabilising influence".

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, Marlene Koeng said: “Catherine came from a wealthy middle-class background, used to freedoms that she cannot enjoy now.

    “The family – from the Queen to Charles – were supportive, allowing Catherine the time and space to find her role, her voice, her passions for her growing number of patronages.

    “She is calm and a stabilising influence – especially with her husband.”

    She continued: “They have been given the privacy to be able to go about and be a family without the flash of a camera capturing every moment, and they are willing to share some family moments with the public.

    “There have been no real scandals for Catherine and William.

    “They go about their business representing the Queen, taking on more responsibilities. They focus on their issues, their patronages, and especially their family. This is important.”

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