Prince William helps Kate's mum after she suffers unfortunate mishap at Royal Ascot

Carole and Michael Middleton

Prince William helps Kate's mum after she suffers wardrobe mishap at Royal Ascot

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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde


Published: 19/06/2024

- 18:30

Carole and Michael Middleton joined the Royal Family for the second day of Royal Ascot

Carole and Michael Middleton both dressed to the nines as they joined the Royal Family for a day out at Royal Ascot without their daughter Kate.

The Princess of Wales has not attended the event with her family as she continues with her cancer treatment.


Carole, 69, looked stunning as she donned a floral blue summer dress and a matching floral fascinator as she smiled for the cameras.

Her husband Michael, 74, looked equally as smart as he wore in a morning suit and top hat.

Carole and Michael Middleton

Carole and Michael Middleton joined the Royal Family at the races

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The couple were spotted mingling with guests in the parade ring and Carole shared a sweet moment with her son-in-law Prince William after he helped her when her heel got stuck in the grass.

Princess Kate did not attend the event alongside her parents as she continues her treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.

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William helped Carole Middleton when her heel got stuck in the grass

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It was revealed at the beginning of this year that Kate had been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo preventative chemotherapy.

She appeared at Trooping the Colour over the weekend for her first public appearance of 2024.

King Charles did not attend the event today as it was reported that he held audiences at Buckingham Palace in London.

The King was also diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year but has slowly begun to return to royal duties.

Carole and Michael Middleton

Carole and Michael Middleton mingled with the royals

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Despite the absence of The King and The Princess, there has been a strong royal turnout on the second day of the royal races.

Zara and Mike Tindall were spotted chatting to the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank also attended the event.

The King did appear on the first day of Royal Ascot yesterday alongside Camilla.

Last year, King Charles seemed very emotional when a horse bred by his mother the late Queen Elizabeth II, Desert Hero, clinched victory in the King George V Stakes.

King Charles, Queen Camilla

King Charles attended the races yesterday

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Desert Hero is set to return to Royal Ascot this year, alongside three other horses owned by the Royal Family.

The King, 75, reportedly told courtiers he wants to honour the memory of his late mother by attending this summer's Royal Ascot.

King Charles planned to spend "at least" one day at the racing festival and will host a lunch for a select "bubble" of friends and family.

Earlier in the year a source told The Mail: "Ascot is the perfect event for his current 'bubble'-style distancing preferences – there will be lots of fresh air and plenty of chances to be seen by royal fans who will be desperate to get a glimpse."

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