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Kate Middleton And The Queen Step Out For First-Ever Joint Appearance

It only took about eight years for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge to make it happen.

Kate Middleton has been a part of the royal family since 2011, but on Tuesday she finally crossed off a major royal first. 

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out alongside Queen Elizabeth II for their first joint appearance without another member of the royal family present, according to People

Queen Elizabeth and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to open Bush House at King's College in London on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to open Bush House at King's College in London on Tuesday.

They went to King’s College’s London Strand campus to see Bush House, a recently renovated part of the campus, and meet with people who took part in the project. 

“The Queen is Patron of @KingsCollegeLon – which is the 4th oldest university in England,” read a tweet from the Royal Family’s account. 

This is the first time the Duchess of Cambridge, and the queen have made a joint appearance together at a royal engagement.
This is the first time the Duchess of Cambridge, and the queen have made a joint appearance together at a royal engagement.

They also got to see some pretty spectacular views of London during the visit: 

It took the Duchess of Cambridge nearly eight years to make her first joint appearance with the queen, but Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out solo with Her Majesty just two months after marrying Prince Harry. 

William Hanson, a British etiquette expert and coach, told HuffPost there’s no “sinister” explanation for why the Duchess of Sussex had her first solo outing so early. 

“Royal diaries are booked months, if not years, in advance and both Her Majesty and The Duchess of Cambridge have chronically busy schedules and sometimes different interests,” he said. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a visit to the Catalyst Museum in Widnes, England, on June 14, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a visit to the Catalyst Museum in Widnes, England, on June 14, 2018. 

“There will be no sinister reason that a joint, double-headed engagement has not happened until now,” Hanson added. “The two have appeared many times in public together at various engagements, including the ‘three Queens’ visit to Fortnum and Mason in 2012, together with The Duchess of Cornwall.” 

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