The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Scotland as part of the COP26 climate change event, representing the Queen while she takes a doctor prescribed two-week break. They’ve completed two engagements so far during their short tour, including an evening reception where Catherine offered her husband some dead larvae in a tub.
Needless to say, Prince William is not as interested in insects as his wife and young daughter, who famously “likes spiders.” Apparently, the Cambridge women have nerves of steel and are unafraid of creepy crawlies.
The royal couple started off their day at a Scouting event. Catherine, who is joint president with The Duke of Kent, and her husband participated in several activities, including making vegetarian burgers, bicycle maintenance and threw wildflower seedbombs against a hillside in hopes of rebuilding it.
Celebrating ten years of marriage this year, Catherine and her husband were relaxed and clearly enjoyed spending time with the young charges under their care.
The Duchess looked fantastic in her sporty outfit, which included black jeans, her Chloe See boots, black long-sleeved shirt and a forest green vest (I knew buying a similar vest recently was a worthwhile investment).
Both of the royals were also spotted wearing poppies, which are commonly worn throughout the United Kingdom as the country gears up for Remembrance Sunday in a couple of weeks.
Next came an evening reception attended by the Earthshot Prize finalists, where The Duchess looked stunning in a bright blue dress by Eponine. The price tag was most likely around £2,400, which is rather expensive but something she may have purchased a while ago during or before the pandemic. Some were hoping that the royal would repeat as an expression of sustainability.
She did repeat her Rupert Sanderson heels and wore a bejeweled poppy with the outfit.
During the reception, she was apparently shown or given a tub of larvae, which she promptly used to try and gross out her husband. The funny moment is perhaps a sign that the Duchess of Cambridge is the one who ushers bugs and other insects out of the house, and not Prince William.
Last year, their daughter Princess Charlotte famously declared that she “likes spiders,” so perhaps the Cambridge women are whisperers of the six or eight legged.
The royals then moved onto the COP26 reception, which was also attended by Charles, The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
Her Majesty The Queen was also expected to attend, but due to a recent bout of ill-health she was advised to stay home and gave a recorded address to the crowd.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge charmed the foreign dignitaries who had come for the event, putting on the unique charms of royalty and schmoozing with the world’s movers and shakers.
About 18 months ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have likely been asked to attend this event as well, especially with the Queen’s late-minute cancellation. They moved to the United States for fame, fortune and influence, but, as it turns out, that resides within the royal family and not outside it.
At the end of the way, the future of the monarchy looks secure in Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Catherine.