The Duchess of Cambridge inadvertently gave audiences a sneak peek into her living room during a video call with families of members of the British Armed Forces.
Remembrance Week is a time when the British Royal Family thanks the men and women of the Military Forces, and the families who love and support them.
On November 10, Duchess Kate of Cambridge spoke to the families of British servicemen and women on a video call, which let keen-eyed fans catch a glimpse of something they'd never seen before: their private quarters in Kensington Palace.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at St Andrew's Cathedral in 2014 in Sydney, Australia | Source: Getty Images
THE DUCHESS' PARLOUR
Duchess Kate addressed the families of fallen servicemen and women from her own lounge in Kensington Palace, and not from the public areas of the Royal residence.
The Duchess wore a lovely yet sober satiny white blouse with a scalloped black satin Peter Pan collar which she accented with one single red Remembrance Day poppy.
The room the Duchess used for her conference with the family members of the fallen veterans seems to be one of the family's private areas.
The Duchess usually meets with the families in person, but the COVID-19 pandemic mandated a new approach. Duchess Kate spoke to the spouses and children of soldiers fallen in combat virtually. She said:
"I think I speak for the whole Nation when I say how proud you should be of your loved ones."
Throughout the brief address, the Duchess was seated on a beige sofa, with several red decorative throw pillows. Behind her could be seen a sideboard with a flower arrangement and a pretty blue China vase.
The sideboard is filled with photos of the three Royal Children, and on the wall over the sofa hang two oil landscapes, flanked by light fixtures with matching beige lampshades.
The Dukes of Cambridge and their three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, occupy a 20-room apartment in Kensington Palace, which includes five formal reception rooms.
The reception rooms have been featured in photoshoots and newscast before, but the room the Duchess used for her conference with the family members of the fallen veterans seems to be one of the family's private areas.
In the fullness of time, of course, Prince William will become King, and the family will then move on to even grander lodgings, one of which will be Buckingham Place with its incredible 775 rooms.
Nevertheless, we are sure that somewhere in the middle of the splendid staterooms and lavish reception rooms there will be a quiet place where the family can hang their favorite holiday snaps and put up their feet.