It is 7 days to go for the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Missdleton. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have hosted a lunch with Kate Middleton's parents ahead of next week's Royal Wedding at Last !
Kate's parents, self-made millionaires thanks to their mail order business, were invited to Windsor Castle to have lunch with the royal couple.
A source described the gathering of the Middletons and the Queen and Duke as having a "warm atmosphere".
It is thought the lunch was a long-standing engagement in the diary of both the monarch and Kate's parents.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed the meeting, saying: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton at a private lunch at Windsor Castle today."
Miss Middleton herself met the Queen for the first time three years ago at the wedding of William's cousin Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.
"It was in amongst a lot of other guests and she was very friendly," the bride-to-be said in an interview to mark her engagement last November.
William added: "She had wanted to meet Kate for a while, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello. We had a little chat and got on very well."