Sunday 19 November 2017

Prince William enjoys solo ski holiday with pals in Switzerland while Kate stays at home with the kids

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laugh after the Duchess threw a snowball at Prince William during a private break skiing at an undisclosed location in the French Alps on March 3, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laugh after the Duchess threw a snowball at Prince William during a private break skiing at an undisclosed location in the French Alps on March 3, 2016.
Prince William skies in the Swiss village of Klosters at the start of their annual skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps on March 28, 2004 in Switzerland. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the dedication and unveiling of The Iraq and Afghanistan memorial on March 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
FROM BOY TO MAN: William and Kate with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in the French Alps
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II leaves following the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London. Photo: PA
(Left to right) Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Queen Elizabeth II leaves following the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Prince Harry walks through Dean's Yard after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Kate Middleton and Prince William skiing during the early days of their relationship
The Princess of Wales with her sons William and Harry on the chair lift during a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria, April 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton vacation in the French Alps in 2010
William in 1991
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Prince William has been pictured enjoying a boys ski holiday in Switzerland, enjoying some rare downtime away from his family.

The 34-year-old royal enjoyed a weekend on the slopes in Verbier with his close knit group of pals, including Guy Pelly, who is godfather to his son Prince George (three).

The Duke of Cambridge was notably absent from Britain's Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday and reportedly jetted home from his weekend away on Sunday, which Kensington Palace cited as part of his "private schedule" and would not comment on.

The father-of-two was pictured in the exclusive ski region, favoured by the royal family, enjoying drinks with friends until the early hours of the morning at the après-ski Farinet nightclub.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laugh after the Duchess threw a snowball at Prince William during a private break skiing at an undisclosed location in the French Alps on March 3, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laugh after the Duchess threw a snowball at Prince William during a private break skiing at an undisclosed location in the French Alps on March 3, 2016.

Earlier in the day, he was pictured with his group making some new friends including Australian model Sophie Taylor (24), who joined the crew later that evening at the exclusive Mouton Noir restaurant and wrapping up the night at Farinet, where her boyfriend Aaron Goodfellow also works.

Meanwhile, William's wife of six years Kate Middleton was also conspicuously missing from the occasion yesterday, while Prince Harry represented the young generation of Britain's royal family alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall alongside Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

William and Kate are currently based in Norfolk, where they live in the palatial Amner Hall estate with little George and Princess Charlotte (one), but the royal couple are planning a full-time move to London this August and are already planning an extension at Kensington Palace, where they live in apartment 1A.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to visit to Paris this weekend and will arrive in the City of Light this Friday and the trip is particularly poignant for William as it takes place five months before the 20-year anniversary of his mother's death.

Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.

It is the first time he's visited the city since the late Princess Diana died there on August 31, 1997.

During their two-day stay, the couple will attend eight engagements as they begin to take a more hands-on role within their royal duties.

"Their Royal Highness' visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office," a statement issued by Kensington Palace confirmed.

"Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France."

Prince William and Kate Middleton vacation in the French Alps in 2010
Prince William and Kate Middleton vacation in the French Alps in 2010

Their trip to France comes weeks after Kate made her first solo trip to the Netherlands in October and is believed to be part of Britain's post-Brexit charm offensive.

They are believed to be staying at the new British ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn's home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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