The Queen invites the Middletons to take part in Jubilee Pageant

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  • Kate Middleton will be joined by her family at the Diamond Jubilee celebration

    The Middletons have bagged themselves invitation of the year!

    Kate Middleton’s family have been invited personally by the Queen to join the royal party at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

    Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will sail with the Queen on the official royal barge, Carole, Michael, James and Pippa Middleton will travel on the Elizabethan, a replica 1890s Mississippi paddle steamer, at the event on June 3.

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    ‘Michael and Carole’s inclusion on Elizabethan has only just emerged and has taken a lot of people by surprise, but the Queen is incredibly supportive of the duchess and her family,’ a palace source told the Daily Mail.

    ‘Boats travelling in the Royal Squadron are solely reserved for special guests of the Queen, which demonstrates just how far the Middletons have come.’

    Other lucky guests on the Elizabethan will include Lord Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee, and his wife, Lady Carole.

    We’ll just stick to watching it on the TV…

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