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Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton Shared a Blanket During Their First-Ever Joint Engagement

The family that stays warm together, sticks together.
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This morning, Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton stopped by King's College London for their first dual engagement—and they arrived in an unexpectedly sweet way.

The Queen and her granddaughter-in-law drove in the same car, and when royal fans peeked in, they could see the pair sharing the same blue blanket across their laps. It was a particularly poignant show of unity given that, while the Queen and Kate have appeared together countless times, they've never done so without other members of the royal family.


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The Queen and Kate share a blanket.

As blogger Gert's Royals pointed out on Twitter, Queen Elizabeth also displayed a bit of pop culture royal etiquette. In The Princess Diaries, Julie Andrews declares that "a Queen never slides," and refused to take the far seat in the car. Indeed, today the Queen got in the car first, and chose the closer seat.


Kate usually forgoes a hat during events such as this, but today, she completed her outfit with one of her favorite headpieces. The Daily Mail pointed out that this is likely a sign of respect for the Queen.

It certainly paired well with the rest of Kate's look: a gray Catherine Walker coat, Gianvito Rossi heels, and a Mulberry clutch. For her part, Queen Elizabeth went her typical monochrome route, matching a pink Stewart Parvin coat with a similarly-colored Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat. A pearl necklace and a rose-colored brooch finished off the monarch's outfit.

This is the last we expect to see of the Queen today—but Kate has more work to do yet. She's set to appear at the Foundling Museum, which was announced as her newest patronage this morning.

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Kate and the Queen arrive at King's College London

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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