Kate Middleton once broke this major royal rule at the Easter church service

Kate Middleton Prince William and The Queen
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Kate Middleton once broke a major royal rule at the Easter church service by arriving AFTER her Majesty the Queen.

Kate Middleton once broke a major royal rule at the Easter church service when she arrived later than the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both turned up to the 2018 service late after their chauffeur driven car got caught in traffic on the M4 on the way to Windsor. It's understood the Cambridges had spent a few days with Kate's family alongside Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and Kate was pregnant with son Louis at the time.

They were so late that they were forced to enter the chapel quietly after the service had started - instead of gathering outside the chapel to welcome the Queen as she arrived which is a tradition that all members of the royal family must adhere to as Queen Elizabeth II should always be the last person to arrive to royal engagements such as this.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by the Dean of Windsor The Right Reverend David Conner as they attended.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by the Dean of Windsor The Right Reverend David Conner as they attend the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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The Queen, who celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, was thought to be understanding about their lateness, as she was pictured smiling after the service.

The incident won't happen again this year as the Queen has been forced to pull out of the annual Maundy Day church service for the first time ever following her mobility health issues which reportedly has her a wheel-chair friendly lift fitted at Balmoral.

And with reports Prince William and Kate are looking to move to Windsor, being late for church services there could be a thing of the past.

You can watch the royal family members arrive at the church for the service in 2018, with the Queen arriving before Kate Middleton and Prince William in the clip below...


The Queen recently made the decision to be permanently based at Windsor Castle following her Covid health scare recovery.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)