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Just the two of us! Kate shares a blanket with the Queen during a rare joint engagement at King's College London

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/19/2019 Stephanie Linning For Mailonline and Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail
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The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have stepped out for a rare joint engagement. 

Kate, 37, and the Queen, 92, shared a blanket in the back of the car as they pulled up at King's College London, where they will reopen Grade II-listed Bush House.

a group of people sitting around a car: The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge shared a blanket as they arrived at King's College London in the back of a car © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge shared a blanket as they arrived at King's College London in the back of a car

The Duchess was elegant in a grey Catherine Walker coat, believed to be a new bespoke addition to her wardrobe, which she teamed with her new favorite Gianvito Rossi block heels and a black Mulberry clutch. 

In a rare move for such an outing, Kate, 37, completed her outfit with a hat, which is likely to be a sign of respect to the monarch.  

Meanwhile the Queen, 92, plumped for a rose pink coat by Stewart Parvin and matching Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat with beautiful floral detailing at the brim.

While the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have attended dozens of events together, it is their first without any other member of the royal family.

In 2012 the pair visited Leicester as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour but were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh. However they did make individual stops on the schedule without him, including watching a student fashion show. 

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at King's College London for a joint engagement

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at King's College London for a joint engagement
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The outing took place in March, shortly before William and Kate's first wedding anniversary. 

Later that year the Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen at Fortnum & Mason for an event launching a military initiative, where they were joined by the Duchess of Cornwall. 

Today the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at Bush House, which previously served as the headquarters for BBC World Service but is being leased by King's College London.

It marks the newest building as part of the university's Strand Campus. 

Kate and the Queen could be seen sitting with a blue blanket over their laps as they arrived in the back of a car. 

There was much fanfare, with well-wishers crowding outside the gates to the building and some even standing on bollards in the hope of getting a better glimpse of the royals. 

Following royal protocol, Kate waited for the Queen to leave the car before exiting the vehicle herself. She continued to walk behind the monarch as they made their way into the building.  

a couple of people standing next to a window: The Duchess of Cambridge followed royal protocol by waiting for the Queen to leave the car before exiting herself

The Duchess of Cambridge followed royal protocol by waiting for the Queen to leave the car before exiting herself
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The Queen, who is patron of King's College and visited in 2002 and 2012, will tour the facilities with Kate and meet supporters of the development.

They will view a robotics demonstration, including robotic surgery, and a demo showing how sensors made from textiles can measure useful information about the body.

They will also visit a virtual trading floor and meet students from the Entrepreneurship Institute, which supports entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King's students, staff and alumni. 

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Bushy House, King's College London, on Tuesday morning

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Bushy House, King's College London, on Tuesday morning
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The Queen is expected to unveil a plaque to formally open Bush House.

Later, Kate will visit the Foundling Museum to understand how it uses art to make a positive contribution to society by engaging with vulnerable and marginalized young people.

The museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and public art gallery.

Kate, who visited the museum in 2017, is expected to view Bedrooms of London, a photography exhibition that documents the living conditions of London's most disadvantaged children.


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