Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised fans with an unannounced appearance ahead of Sunday’s star-studded concert at Windsor Castle. The couple mingled with locals who had gathered for a Big Lunch along the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle as members of the royal family joined community events around the country on the second day of King Charles III’s coronation.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were mobbed by excited well-wishers, shaking hands with many, posing for selfies, and having lengthy conversations. They spent time meeting locals, including some wearing crown headpieces. A fan even gave William a can of beer featuring the King.
Britons were invited to gather with neighbors for the events, which are intended to “boost community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities and good causes.” Hundreds of street parties and Coronation Big Lunches were held across the UK throughout the day.
Kate dazzled in a dressed-down look, rocking a light blue blazer over a white top with black trousers and sneakers. William, 40, and Kate, 41, will join the royals again at the Coronation Concert, where Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and others will entertain fans. The Prince of Wales is set to give a speech honoring his father at the event.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared images of their first outing since King Charles’ coronation on their official Twitter account. The couple has been busy attending various events since Charles’ ascension to the throne, including a visit to a school in Wales and attending a virtual G7 summit with other world leaders.
The surprise appearance by the royal couple at the Big Lunch event was a testament to their commitment to the community and their willingness to engage with people on a personal level. It was a heartwarming moment for those in attendance and a reminder of the role that the royal family plays in bringing people together.