The Duchess of Cambridge has been invited to holiday at Balmoral so the Queen and Prince Philip can “get to know her”.
Kate, who married Prince William in April, is expected to join the royals during their annual trip to Scotland which always falls in either August or September.
The invitation proves that the former Miss Middleton is being fully welcomed into royal life; and it will no doubt be one of her most important roles she has undertaken yet as an official member of the most famous family in the world.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: “This is quite an important visit for Kate because the Queen does not really know her very well at all.
“Kate has never had an invitation before to stay at Balmoral – but she is family now and the Queen wants to get to know her.
"It is an important visit in many ways, not least because the Queen will want Kate to meet all the staff. One day she will be responsible for them. The Queen needs to present Kate to Scotland. The time has come.”
Apparently Kate and Wills can look forward to various activities during their stay, expected to fall at the end of August, including picnics, home cinema evenings with the Queen and family barbecues – where Prince Philip insists on cooking the food himself.
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, often spend part of the summer at Balmoral with the Queen and Prince Philip, with the foursome frequently seen together at the Braemar Highland Games. Whether their trip will coincide with Kate and William’s this year is not yet known.
The newly married couple broke with tradition earlier in the year when they chose not to spend part of their honeymoon at Balmoral. The Queen, Princess Anne and Prince Charles have all chosen to do so in the past.
However Kate and Wills were no strangers while students at St Andrews University, using a cottage on the estate called Tam-na-Ghar during their breaks from university.
It is thought that the Queen and Prince Philip may travel to Balmoral after their granddaughter Zara Phillips’ wedding in Edinburgh on July 30.
Balmoral closes its doors to tourists to July 31, so it is likely the Queen and Prince Philip would stay in Craigowan Lodge on the estate while the main house is made ready for their summer break.