On the first day of Royal Ascot, neither the Prince nor the Princess of Wales attended.
The Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Mike and Zara Tindall, and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the races alongside King Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75.
But William and Catherine’s absence had a valid excuse because of their Tuesday engagements.
The National Portrait Gallery in London was extensively renovated for three years before being reopened by the Princess, age 41.
As Catherine learned about the Gallery’s new Under 5’s Program, she joined nursery children in a workshop with a Beatrix Potter theme. Catherine was dressed in a Self Portrait blazer dress for the occasion.
The royal princess also went to see the brand-new Yevonde: Life and Color exhibition. In 2012, Catherine, a student of art history at the University of St. Andrews, was appointed patron of the National Portrait Gallery.
Ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in July, Prince William, who turns 41 on Wednesday, met with the England Women’s team at St. George’s Park, England’s national football stadium.
William met with Sarina Wigeman, England’s head coach, to discuss the Lionesses’ tournament preparations in his capacity as FA President. During his visit, the Prince also pleasantly surprised the England manager by awarding her with her CBE.
Fans will have to keep an eye out this week for any announcements regarding the royals’ attendance at Royal Ascot, as this is not customary.
The Princess chose an elegant white and brown polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich and paired it with Princess Diana’s diamond and South Sea pearl earrings when William and Catherine attended the fourth day of the races last year.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have had a busy few days since they attended the Trooping the Colour celebration of the King’s birthday parade in the heart of London on Saturday.
During the parade, William rode alongside his father Charles and the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh on horseback.
Catherine rode in a carriage with the Princess’ three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, and looked stunning in a green Andrew Gn ensemble for the event.
William and Catherine took part in the Order of the Garter service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday along with other members of the royal family.
The Prince, who had been invested as a Knight of the Garter in 2008, joined the King and Queen in the procession while donning ceremonial garb.
The Princess, who attended the event with the Duchess of Edinburgh, wore a monochromatic polka-dot Alessandra Rich dress and a Philip Treacy hat.