Kate and Camilla display new royal partnership as pair mingle with Commonwealth leaders

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The Prince and Princess of Wales have joined the King and Queen Consort for a Buckingham Palace lunch with governors-general from the Commonwealth realms as the world continues to mourn the Queen. Princess Kate was seen deep in conversation with Camilla.

Kate, who wore her hair down, was pictured smiling at the Queen Consort, who was holding a drink with a slice of lemon in it, as the pair chatted.

At one stage, Kate, who was wearing a long three-strand pearl necklace, placed her hand on the arm of Saint Lucia governor-general Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles as they spoke.

The princess also stood next to the King as he spoke to the dignitaries, with William also mingling in the busy room.

The governors-general of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu were among those present.

The Commonwealth, a club of 56 countries that evolved out of the British Empire after World War Two and which presents itself as a partnership of equals, mattered hugely to the late Queen, who as its head made numerous visits to member states and cultivated friendly ties with their leaders.

In her departure, the baton passes to her son King Charles, as she had hoped and as was agreed by Commonwealth leaders in 2018. 

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