Kate Middleton’s parents join The Queen at Royal Ascot

Right Royal day out: Carole Middleton (in red) laughs with Prince Philip (far right). Michael Middleton sits far left
Right Royal day out: Carole Middleton (in red) laughs with Prince Philip (far right). Michael Middleton sits far left©Tim Rooke/Rex Features

Kate Middleton has become increasingly close to the Queen in the last year, and now it seems the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents are also settling into the Royal Family fold too.

The Duchess’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were spotted enjoying Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot yesterday, appearing alongside Her Majesty the Queen, who wore an elegant mint green ensemble, and Prince Philip, who looked well following a short stay in hospital.

Carole, who was dressed in an eye-catching red dress and matching coat and hat, looked as if she’d been taking fashion tips from her 30-year-old daughter, who wowed in a similar coloured outfit during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Kate’s mother was also spotted laughing and joking with the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, as the pair enjoyed the festivities of the day, and they also mingled with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

It’s a clear sign that the Royals are embracing their new relations, who earlier this month were invited to attend the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant. The family were honoured to attend, along with their children James and Pippa, travelling on a replica 1890s Mississippi paddle steamer.

At the time a source told the Daily Mail that the invitation was a rather big deal for the Middletons. "Boats travelling in the Royal Squadron are solely reserved for special guests of the Queen, which demonstrates just how far the Middletons have come," the insider said.

It’s not hard to see why the Queen and other Royals are making a big effort to welcome Kate’s parents into the family. It’s been clear for some time now that the Queen is incredibly fond of Duchess Kate, who has impressed will the ease and grace she’s shown in the last year.

Since marrying Prince William in April 2011, Kate has seamlessly carved out her own role in the Royal Family, attending engagement after engagement, creating favourable press at every turn.

Kate marked history as she made her first official solo engagement as a working Royal in February this year, while her husband Prince William was on a six-month tour of duty in the Falkland Islands with the RAF.

She was applauded for the successful visit, but nevertheless the Royals made sure not to leave Kate alone during this testing time. Making sure she wasn't lonely without her beloved Wills, the Duchess also spotted carrying out engagements and visits with other members of the family, including a trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London with William’s father Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

A clear cut sign that the Queen has embraced Kate as one of the clan came earlier this year, when she invited the Duchess to accompany her on the first official Diamond Jubilee engagement to De Montfort university in Leicester in March.

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