Can't rain on their parade: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent brave wet and windy weather to enjoy dinner at one of Pippa Middleton's favourite haunts
14:30 GMT, 23 November 2012
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent proved yesterday that torrential rain and high winds won't get in the way of a royal night out. The couple braved the wintry weather to visit Lou Lou's Restaurant in London's Mayfair last night.
The private members club is a popular haunt with Pippa Middleton who has visited the restaurant three times in the last month – including choosing the exclusive venue as the place to celebrate the recent launch of her party guide book, Celebrate.
Princess Michael of Kent, 67 – whose name is Marie Christine – and her husband seemed to have enjoyed their visit as they left the premises with big smiles on their faces, despite stepping out into the inclement conditions.
Royal outing: Princess and Prince Michael Of Kent leave Lou Lou's restaurant in Mayfair, London, in the pouring rain
Wind swept: The couple looked happy as they left the exclusive venue despite the inclement conditions
Umbrellas were held over their heads to protect them from the driving rain as they walked to a waiting car to be driven home.
The princess wrapped up with a fur style shrug over a long black coat and black trousers and when a gust of wind blew her hair high up off her face, it had the unfortunate effect of making her look reminiscent of 101 Dalmatian's villain Cruella De Vil, as portrayed by Glenn Close in the live action Disney film.
Dinner date: The prince, who is the grandson of George V, looked dapper in a pink shirt and patterned tie
Homeward bound: The couple had a short walk through the torrential rain to reach their car to be driven home
Unfortunate combination: A gust of wind sweeping up the princess's hair
meant she looked reminiscent of Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil thanks to
the fact she also wore a fur style shrug around her shoulders
Prince Michael, 70, who is the grandson of George V, had dressed much more brightly than his wife by wearing a navy pinstripe suit with a pink shirt and patterned tie.
Earlier this week, the couple welcomed author Leonie Frieda to Kensington Palace, where they live in a lavish rented apartment, to celebrate the launch of her latest historical novel The Deadly Sisterhood.
The occasion made the headlines after
the author, who is friends with the couple, made an impressively low
curtsy as she greeted the minor royals.
Perfect poise: Earlier this week the Princess was greeted at Kensington Palace with an impressive curtsy by the author Leonie Frieda
Pippa's place: The Duchess of Cambridge's sister has visited private members club Lou Lou's at least three times in the last month including after her book launch, left, and on an evening out with friends