Will, Kate And Queen Elizabeth Do A Bit Of Hosting At Balmoral

Queen Elizabeth hosted New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland this past weekend, with the help of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During their two-day stay, John and his wife, Bronagh were driven around the estate by Her Majesty, according to the New Zealand Herald.  Their son, Max went on a grouse shoot with Prince William, while daughter Stephanie joined Catherine on a hike through the woodlands with others.

The Prime Minister gave a brief interview to the Herald about his stay at the royal family's Scottish retreat, making sure to keep certain details under wraps (one wants an invite back, after all).

The Keys had a chance to meet Prince George, whomwas described as a "very bonny baby."  They also took part in the famous Mountbatten-Windsor bbq, helmed by the Queen (who does the washing up afterwards) and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Despite still being on the mend from abdominal surgery, Prince Philip took charge of cooking.

"They all pitched in," Keys told the paper while on a flight to France.  "We helped lay the table, all the guests helped. It must be the only bit of informality they really have in their lives. It's definitely an informal gathering."

Keys had an audience with the Queen in her Balmoral sitting room, where the Cambridge's official photo (taken by Michael Middleton) took pride of place on a table by one of the chairs.

Despite Balmoral being the Queen's annual holiday, she invites prime ministers and other leaders from the Commonwealth realms to visit the historic castle, as well as set aside time to speak about business affairs.

 

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