On May 7, Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised well-wishers who gathered along the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle ahead of Sunday evening’s Coronation Concert.
A day after attending King Charles III’s coronation ceremony in traditional dresses and an intricate floral crown, the Princess of Wales dressed in a blue Reiss blazer over a white t-shirt and black trousers. She accessorized the simple summer ensemble with one of her favorite pairs of pearl earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which was previously worn by Princess Diana.
“It was a nice family atmosphere,” a source said. People of the Big Lunch event. “William and Kate were really relaxed from the start. They were posting for selfies and talking to kids wearing crowns.” The source added: ‘As soon as it became known they were there, people descended on the area around the long march.
Ahead of the May 6 coronation, the royal couple traveled to Wales, where they took an equally low-key approach to their encounter with Welsh locals. On April 27, the pair surprised fans with a quick chat while stopping to pick up pizza for the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team. Dressed for the rain in gray skinny jeans, a comfy green turtleneck, chunky hiking boots and her favorite Barbour x Alexa Chung wax jacket, the princess took time to chat with fans, even chatting about the engagement 12 carat Princess Diana ring with a local.
“Same ring,” Kate Middleton said of the piece, per People. “And exactly the same – the same size.” She also told the fan that she felt “honoured” to wear her late mother-in-law’s ring, adding, “We miss her every day.”