Kate Middleton Grabs a Puppet and Joins in on a Sing-A-Long

After learning of Nelson Mandela’s death, members of the royal family took on engagements in the United Kingdom today.

Queen Elizabeth, who was at Westminster Abbey to view her Diamond Jubilee Window, talked about last night’s screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

It was extraordinary because William and Catherine were at a film last night, which was the film about his life,” the Queen said, according to the Daily Mail.

“They (William and Kate) were clapping like mad and somebody came on and said (waves arms), can you just listen please, we have just heard he has died.”

Catherine visited Shooting Star Children’s Hospice today, where she took part in a music therapy sing-a-long.  HRH wore a grey Reiss “Delaney” jacket ($520) with Russell & Bromley fur-trimmed booties, according to Grazia.

It was exactly a year ago today that a pregnant Catherine left hospital after suffering from acute morning sickness.

Meanwhile, Prince William handed out medals to the Irish Guards in Aldershot, England.

A source at last night’s screening elaborated on last night to OK! Magazine.

When the film was over and the screen went black, we all gave the film a standing ovation,” the source said.  “But as silence descended as the closing credits rolled, the film’s producer Anant Singh walked on stage, along with a tearful Idris Elba, to announce Mandela’s death to gasps and wails. There was then a one-minute silence called and we were all left in a state of shock.”

Mandela’s funeral will take place on December 15th.  It is a state occasion that will be attended by heads of state, most likely including the Prince of Wales, who will represent Her Majesty.