The three Stooges! William, Kate and Harry are as thick as thieves as they make merry during Queen's Jubilee celebrations
20:47 GMT, 5 June 2012
If there is one thing that this Jubilee weekend has proved apart from the nation's renewed passion for the Monarchy it has been how warmly Kate has been welcomed into the heart of the Royal Family.
And nowhere is that warmth more evident than in the relationship between the Duchess of Cambridge and her new brother-in-law, Prince Harry.
The three young Royals are all utterly at ease in each other's company.
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon, with Kate's role as a senior royal cemented thanks to the depth of her involvement in the Jubilee weekend celebrations, the affection the two share was more evident than ever, as they cracked jokes and shared asides during the fly past.
Modern face of the family: The royals have been careful to welcome Kate
into the heart of the family to avoid her suffering the isolation felt
Good friends: William and Kate spend lots of time socialising with Harry, and the three are firm friends
Lifting the mood: Prince William chuckles along as his fun-loving brother Prince Harry shares a joke with his sister-in-law
in thought: With his duties as future King perhaps weighing on his
mind, Prince William looks pensive as he surveys the awe-inspiring scene
from the balcony
To their right, despite joining in the
revelry throughout the weekend, now a more serious William had one eye
on his duties. Standing next to his grandmother on this auspicious
occasion there can be no doubt the Duke of Cambridge's mind would have strayed to the
prospect that he would, one day, be standing on this very spot as King.
Still, William found the time to set
the gravitas aside from time to time, sidling over to his brother and
wife to join in the fun.
the way back to Buckingham Palace the three had shared a carriage and
looked to be having a whale of a time as they waved to the throngs
lining the streets.
morning, the three had sat in silent solidarity in St Paul's, looking
rather worse for wear after the previous night's revelry at the
Buckingham Palace Jubilee concert, where they had sung along and waved
Union flags from the royal box.
affection for Kate, and the ease in which all of the Royals have
accepted their newest member into their ranks, made her path from
newlywed to senior royal all the more smooth.
Diana, Princess of Wales' sense of isolation and difficulty in
adjusting to her new role as a Royal and the fallout which ensued, the
Queen and William were said to be adamant that Kate's trajectory would
be very different.
has been thus. Not only has Kate received the Queen's royal seal of
approval, but she has enjoyed private suppers and opera visits with
Prince Charles, and been privy to personal advice doled out to her by a
supportive Camilla in meetings the two have had together.
public engagements, Kate is frequently seen laughing uproariously with
Camilla, or chatting earnestly with Charles. She has proved to be an
asset to the royals – and has been largely behind the world's renewed
interest in, and fondness for, the royal family.
has found her niche in the royal family with ease, thanks to her
natural warmth and the support offered to her by her new in-laws. And if
the images from this weekend's celebrations are anything to go by, it
looks as though they are as pleased to have her as she is to have them.
Deep in conversation: The Duke of Cambridge watches the fly past as the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry share a conversation
merry: The strength of the relationship shared by the three young
royals has been more evident than ever over the Jubilee weekend
Enjoying the moment: Fun-loving Prince Harry
kept up a running commentary as he entertained the Duchess of Cambridge
with jokes and observations
Road trip! The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry make the most of the carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace after the lunch at Westminster today
All smiles: The young royals beam and wave, clearly enjoying the ride
Composed: Kate, sat between a rather tired-looking William and Harry after last night's revelry, looked the epitome of ladylike elegance at this morning's service in her Alexander McQueen dress
Close: Kate leans in to chat to Harry, who looked to be suffering slightly from the effects of a later night during the service
The Stooges suffer! A more formal setting for the prince and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the fun of the Jubilee concert last night
It's party time! After a weekend of duties, the young royals let loose
at last night's Jubilee concert, where they waved flags and sang along
to performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Jessie J and Kylie
Minogue (l-r) Princess Beatrice, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of
Cambridge, Prince Harry
Great show: Kate and William looked delighted to be part of the electric atmosphere and William, who must have felt the weight of the future on his shoulders over this auspicious weekend, appeared to truly relax during the show
a joke: Not for the first time, William and Harry were in high spirits at the concert, which
saw the senior Royals and younger members of the family come together in
a jubilant celebration