The Queen and members of The Royal Family attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday. There was, however, a noticeable absence amongst the family.
Instead of attending the service, the Duke of Cambridge was on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also absent from the service, instead opting to stay at home looking after young Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Over 2,000 guests flocked to Westminster Abbey to watch the service which celebrates the Commonwealth ‘family of nations’.
Alongside The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey was The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex.
The Countess of Wessex is currently undertaking engagements in Malawi, and the Princess Royal was also on a pre-arranged official engagement.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the service in previous years.
Some are questioning whether it was appropriate for Prince William to miss this event, especially being as he will likely become Head of the Commonwealth in the future.
The Cambridge Family are often criticised for being ‘workshy’. Every year to date, both The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have conducted more engagements than William, Catherine and Harry combined.
There was also controversy last year when the Duchess of Cambridge broke an 115-year old tradition after failing to present St Patrick’s Day shamrocks to the Irish Guards.
However, it is evident that both the Cambridges and Prince Harry are already undertaking more engagements in 2017 than they did in 2016.
Behind the scenes meetings and events are now being recorded as official engagements on the Court Circular.
What are your thoughts on this story? Should the Duke of Cambridge have attended the Commonwealth Day service, or is he entitled to have a holiday?