Kate Middleton's family watch Royal Variety Performance

A Middleton family night out! Duchess is joined by parents Carole and Michael, brother James and his glamorous new wife Alizée Thevenet for a glittering night at the Royal Variety Performance

  • Kate Middleton’s parents joined Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for rare outing 
  • Carole and Michael sat in Royal Albert Hall to watch Royal Variety Performance
  • Were accompanied by her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet
  • Marked rare family appearance for the Middletons in their first outing since James married Alizée this summer in their French Riveria wedding

Kate Middleton’s family made a rare public appearance last night as they joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Royal Variety Performance.

Kate, 39, looked sensational in a green sequinned gown by Jenny Packham that she first wore on a 2019 tour of Pakistan for the event in London, while Prince William opted for a smart velvet suit.

As the pair stood to sing the national anthem, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael, as well as her brother James and his new wife  Alizée Thevenet could be seen standing alongside her in the box to the left of the Royal Box.

It marks the first public appearance for the family since James and  Alizée married in the French Riveria earlier this summer.

Kate Middleton’s family made a rare public appearance last night as they joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, at the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Royal Variety Performance (pictured left to right Carole and Michael Middleton, James Middleton and Alizée Thevenet) 

Carole looked elegant at the event, opting for a v-neck black gown with three-quarter length sleeves and belt detailing.

The mother-of-three wore her brunette bob in a bouncy blow dry and appeared to keep her makeup natural for the occasion.

Meanwhile  Alizée cut a chic figure, donning a black sleeveless dress with a plunging neckline.

The newlywed opted to wear her blonde locks in loose waves across her shoulders.

Kate looked sensational in a green sequinned gown by Jenny Packham that she first wore on a 2019 tour of Pakistan for the event in London, while Prince William opted for a smart velvet suit

Michael and son James looked typically dapper for the occasion, both wearing matching black tuxedos with bow ties. 

It marks the second public appearance for James and Alizée since they married. 

James, who got engaged to Alizée, 32, in September 2019 but had to delay the ceremony twice in the last year due to Covid, finally tied the knot in Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence in September. 

The newlyweds appeared more in love than ever as they arrived at the switch on of Bulgari’s Serpenti Christmas lights at its flagship boutique last week, before attending a star studded party in conjunction with Save The Children.  

The duo posed for pictures alongside Bulgari Europe Managing Direcotr Vincenzo Puji and UK Managing Director Joyce Weng at the star-studded party. 

It comes days after, James took to Instagram and posted a snap of one of his Cocker Spaniels, believed to be Ella, breaking his ‘unintentional’ social media detox following his September wedding.

As the pair stood to sing the national anthem, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael, as well as her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet could be seen standing alongside her

Alongside the photo, he penned: ‘I’ve been so immersed in embracing and enjoying the first few months of being with my new wife. I’ve realised I have unintentionally taken a social detox… which I suppose is no bad thing…BUT we are back – hope you don’t mind.’

James, who occasionally goes weeks without posting on social media, urged his follows to take the odd break from being online. 

‘I highly recommend taking a social media detox from time to time – in fact I believe the saying is disconnect to reconnect,’ he wrote. ‘Over the last few months many of you have reached out…and thank you for checking up on me it means a lot.’

Prior to this, James’ last post was on September 12, when he announced his marriage with a picture of him and bride Alizée on Instagram and penned: ‘Words cannot describe how happy I am.’ 

Announcing his marriage with a picture of him and bride Alizée on Instagram, James said: ‘Words cannot describe how happy I am’

Alizee, who swept her hair into a half-up do for the event, with two tendrils down each side of her face, opted for an off-the-shoulder gown which featured pretty lace detailing across the bodice.

Meanwhile, James looked every piece the proud groom, donning a white linen suit for the laid back event.

The newlyweds were joined by 50 guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children at the Chateau Leoube, an exclusive vineyard in the village that produces some of France’s finest rose wine.  

Chateau Leoube is owned by British billionaire JCB chairman Anthony Bamford and his wife Carole.

Carole is quoted on the vineyard’s website about how the couple fell in love with the place when they set eyes upon it in 1997.

She says: ‘Anthony and I had been looking for a house in Provence for a while when we eventually found Léoube, our sleeping beauty.

‘Set back from a quiet bay on the coastline, the house had been owned by the same family for years but hadn’t really been touched – we fell in love with it.’ 

This is the luxury chateau where James Middleton and his bride Alizee celebrated their secret wedding at the weekend

Mr Middleton and Miss Thevenet, a trilingual French financial analyst, met in 2018 when his cocker spaniel, Ella, approached her at a private members’ club in London.

The couple, who announced their engagement in 2019, had originally planned to get married in May last year.

But they were twice forced to push back the date. He said in a post on Instagram in September last year: ‘It’s a year since I asked Alizée to marry me… what a year it’s been!

‘Two homes, lockdown, two attempts at a wedding, a litter of [dog emoji], launching of new company @ella.co, a beard shave and much more but the best part is that I get to share it with you @alizeethevenet and I can’t wait to take on whatever the future holds for us.’

Chateau Leoube is an exclusive vineyard in the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence that produces some of France’s finest rose wine

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