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Queen Elizabeth meets Kate Middleton's parents; bride-to-be goes shopping

April 20, 2011 |  9:48 am

Kate Middleton shopped this week, perhaps for royal honeymoon dresses With nine days left until the royal wedding day, tons of exciting tidbits are pouring forth from Buckingham Palace to London's Kings Road. 

For starters. Queen Elizabeth II hosted a private luncheon Wednesday to introduce herself to Prince William's future in-laws, Michael and Carole Middleton.

At storied Windsor Castle in south England's Berkshire County, the queen surrounded Kate Middleton's mom and dad with a "warm atmosphere," bringing along her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Middletons reside in the same county, albeit in more modest accommodations. 

While the merging families took time to get to know one other, Kate hit a London boutique to gather some items suitable for her royal honeymoon.

At middle-of-the-road women's chain Warehouse, the bride-to-be and a girlfriend caused major excitement while doing a quick browse Tuesday, scoring three summer dresses and a blouse, People said.

Kate Middleton's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton "It was very exciting, and everyone said how lovely and down-to-earth she was," said a rep for the store. 

Wills will presumably see Kate's purchases soon enough, but not before some last-minute male bonding. Reports this week confirmed the future king will spend his last night of bachelorhood with his father, Prince Charles, at St. James Palace.


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Photos, from top: Kate Middleton (credit: AFP / Getty Images); her parents Michael and Carole Middleton (credit: Stefan Rousseau / AFP / Getty Images).