Saturday 3 December 2016

Kate shines at queen's rain-hit birthday bash

Tony Jones

Published 13/06/2016 | 02:30

Kate Middleton at the Patron's Lunch street party in London, in honour of the queen's 90th birthday. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Kate Middleton at the Patron's Lunch street party in London, in honour of the queen's 90th birthday. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Kate Middleton joined rain-soaked revellers to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, as her husband Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother "for everything you've done for your family''.

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With typical British stoicism, 10,000 well-wishers enjoyed the Patron's Lunch street party as they braved heavy downpours in The Mall, London, that left them sodden.

William thanked guests attending the £150 (€190) ticket event for not letting "a little rain spoil a good day out" and praised his "granny" as someone "we all look up to in good times and in challenging moments to set an example''.

Well-wisher Ella Hunter-Gibbs (19) from Surrey, who was attending with her grandparents and mother, chatted to Kate.

Bedraggled "She was saying that George opened the door today and said, 'it's not very nice out today Mummy, is it'? She said 'No, it isn't George'.

"She said she felt sorry for us in the rain. It has been a fantastic day. She was so nice."

William told people in the crowd who looked wet: "Was it really bad? Oh, I'm so sorry."

One woman apologised for looking so bedraggled, with wet hair, and he said: "It still looks lovely. You've got more hair than I have."

He told another group: "It wouldn't be a proper street party without a bit of rain. I'm glad you've got a bit of alcohol and some chocolate."

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