Kate Middleton and Prince Charles love going to the opera together

Happy family: Duchess Kate and Prince Charles get on like a house on fire
Happy family: Duchess Kate and Prince Charles get on like a house on fire©Tim Rooke/Rex Features

Kate Middleton and her father-in-law Prince Charles love nothing more than a night out at the opera together, it has been revealed.

Most people don't get on well with their in-laws, but the Duchess of Cambridge and Charles, her husband Prince William’s father, get on like a house on fire and love spending time in each other’s company.

They are both big lovers of the arts and have many interests in common that Prince William doesn't share, giving Catherine – better known as Kate – and Charles the perfect opportunity to bond.

“Catherine and the Prince spend a lot of time together. They get on very well,” a source told OK! magazine.

"Their trips are kept below the radar, with no on except the two of them and their protection officers knowing about them.”

Kate and Charles also enjoy spending time at art galleries together.

They are both big art lovers – Kate studied history of art at university after all – and it was clear for all to see back in February when the Duchess joined Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla, for an official Royal visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London.

That visit was organised to allow the Royals to view the important work carried out by the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at Dulwich first-hand.

But the Royals apparently love to sneak off for private visits regularly too, allowing them to really get lost in the historic and modern works.

It’s rather touching that Kate and Charles get on so well – but it’s no surprise. The Duchess has settled into Royal life seamlessly since marrying William last April.

The Queen is also said to be a big fan of Kate’s and is particularly impressed by the Duchess’s frugal side and her refusal to “spend, spend, spend”.

Yesterday Kate wowed crowds in Scotland as she attended a Thistle Service in Edinburgh’s St Giles’s Cathedral, where she watched as her husband was installed as a Knight of the Thistle.

Wearing a pretty primrose yellow coat dress by Emilia Wickstead and a mushroom coloured Whiteley hat, the Duchess – who is known as the Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland – delighted crowds by carrying a scarf of Strathearn tartan. 

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