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The Cambridges spotted at Balmoral Castle visiting The Queen this weekend

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their young family were spotted on the grounds at Balmoral Castle on Friday afternoon.

Photos published in the Daily Mail showed William and Kate standing beside a Range Rover and heading to a lunch hosted by The Queen and Prince Philip. Not pictured were Prince George, Princess Charlotte, or Prince Louis, though they’d been spotted on Thursday at the airport on the way to Aberdeen.

The Royal Family often schedules when they visit The Queen up at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish hideaway where she spends the majority of her summer before heading back to London for her usual engagements.

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, were at Balmoral earlier in August but flew off to Spain for a vacation before Prince Philip joined The Queen.

Harry and Meghan and baby Archie are expected to pay a visit to The Queen in the next few weeks, as Harry’s engagement at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final on Saturday at Wembley Stadium prevented them from joining the Cambridges and the Phillips this weekend.

Also spotted in the photos on Friday were Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter and Autumn Phillips, and their daughters Savannah and Isla.

Kate was pictured with a bunch of sticks and twigs in her hands, leading some on Twitter to wonder if this was for an upcoming garden. Her Back to Nature Garden will appear in the RHS Garden Wisley at the beginning of September.

The Cambridges flew in to Aberdeen on Thursday morning, having been videotaped walking along the tarmac following a flight on the budget airline FlyBe. Accompanying the Cambridges in the clip is Nanny Maria, and other passengers reported that Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton, was also on the flight.

The Cambridges usually take an end-of-the-summer holiday up to visit The Queen before school starts. In recent years, it has been coordinated with the Phillips family.

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