These Photos Show Just How Close Kate Middleton Is to Her Mom, Carole Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has always been close with her mom, Carole Middleton. Carole prefers to be out of the royal spotlight but she and Catherine maintain a close relationship. Ahead, check out photos of the Duchess of Cambridge and her mom through the years.

Carole Middleton attends royal events with Kate Middleton

Carole Middleton and Kate Middleton attend 2017 Royal Ascot
Carole Middleton and Kate Middleton attend 2017 Royal Ascot | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

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Carole has been known to attend big events on the British royal family’s calendar. She’s been present for the christenings of her grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. And she of course attended Catherine and William’s royal wedding in 2011. 

The night before Catherine walked down the aisle she spent the night at the Goring Hotel with her mom and younger sister, Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton, Carole Middleton, and Kate Middleton arrive at Goring Hotel ahead of 2011 royal wedding
Pippa Middleton, Carole Middleton, and Kate Middleton arrive at Goring Hotel ahead of 2011 royal wedding | George Pimentel / Contributor

wWhile all eyes were on the bride and groom Carole could be seen in the background lending support to her daughter. 

Here she is walking behind the newlyweds with her husband, Michael Middleton, as well as Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton at their royal wedding followed by family
Prince William and Kate Middleton at their royal wedding followed by family | CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

And here Carole and Michael are standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after William and Catherine’s royal wedding ceremony.

Kate Middleton and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at their royal wedding with royal family and Middleton family
Kate Middleton and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at their royal wedding with royals and Middleton family | Samir Hussein / Contributor

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In 2018, Carole arrived at the christening of Prince Louis alongside her husband. Following closely behind them are Pippa and her husband. Then there’s Catherine’s youngest sibling, her brother James Middleton. Catherine’s family also posed for official photos from Louis’ christening.

Middleton family arrives at the christening of Prince Louis, 2018
Middleton family arrives at the christening of Prince Louis | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Remember when Charlotte stuck her tongue out at crowds during the King’s Cup Regatta in 2019? The hilarious moment got lots of attention and there to witness it had been Carole. She stood on one side of Charlotte holding her hand while Catherine stood on the other. 

Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton, and Princess Charlotte at The King's Cup Regatta
Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton, and Princess Charlotte at The King’s Cup Regatta | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Christmas Day for the royal family means going to church. Senior members of the family are part of a photo opp that happens on their walk to church. But Catherine’s family has also been present for the holiday festivities. Below see Carole and Michael standing behind the Duchess of Cambridge and Charlotte in 2016.

Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, the Middleton family, and the royal family attend church on Christmas Day 2016
Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, the Middleton family, and the royal family attend church on Christmas Day, 2016 | Danny Martindale/GC Images

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Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton before royalty

Before Catherine became the Duchess of Cambridge, she and her mom were spotted out together on a few occasions.

Attending a festival in 2005, Carole and Catherine sported more casual looks.

Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole Middleton, at a festival in 2005
Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole Middleton, at a festival in 2005 | Indigo/Getty Images

This happened less than two months after Catherine and William graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. 

November of the same year, Carole and Catherine stepped out together again. This time they visited the Spirit of Christmas Fair held in London, England. By the looks on their faces, the mother-daughter duo were enjoying themselves.

Carole Middleton and Kate Middleton shopping in 2005
Carole Middleton and Kate Middleton shopping in 2005 | Antony Jones/Brendan Bierne/UK Press via Getty Images

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Despite once being worried about her daughter’s relationship with William, Carole supported Catherine. In 2006, she went with her daughter to William’s graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton at Prince William's graduation from the Sandhurst Military Academy, 2006
Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton at Prince William’s graduation from the Sandhurst Military Academy | © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

So, while Carole prefers to stay largely out of the public eye — she’s never accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a royal tour or official trip abroad — that doesn’t mean she’s not close with her daughter.

We’ll have to wait and see when the mother and daughter make their next public appearance together!