Kate Middleton thrill for Radlett woman

KATE Middleton’s first solo engagement proved an unforgettable occasion for one local woman who was a special guest at the event last Wednesday.

Rebecca Binstock, 40, who lives in Radlett, was invited to the charity dinner at Clarence House as a guest of her father Lionel Wernick, who is on the Charity Council.

The Duchess of Cambridge filled in for Prince Charles at the last minute as he had to travel to Riyadh following the death of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Rebecca said: “I was very excited when I was told Kate would be coming. She looked nervous at first, but soon settled.”

Kate made time to chat to all 30 guests throughout the evening and was entertained by Lionel, who recalled a story from William and Harry’s younger days at Highgrove.

Rebecca said: “We also spoke about her wedding dress and Kate said she was overwhelmed that so many people had been to see it.

“She was very sweet and elegant and wowed everyone; she even let my dad give her a peck on the cheek!”

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The event was held in aid of In Kind Direct, a charity which takes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers in the UK and gives them to various charities.

Reflecting on the experience, Rebecca said: “I’m honoured to have met her and felt completely humbled; she’s a great asset to our country.”