The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was spotted in the most random of places this week.
The 40-year-old mother-of-three was taking a trip to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham yesterday (August 2), and seemingly went via the train.
And that's where the Royal – apparently without security – bumped into author Matthew Syed who had tickets to see the table tennis.
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But the meeting was quite where you'd expect.
He wrote, in a piece for The Times, that five minutes before pulling into Birmingham International for the NEC, he decided to use the toilet, and asked son Ted to stand outside.
He wrote: “As I am doing my thing, I hear him talking to a woman in the vestibule.
“'Are you here alone?' she asks. "No, my dad is in there' – he says, pointing to the lavatory.
“They continue chatting as I use the soap, then tap, then dryer.
“Judging by the laughter, they are having a whale of a time.
“I hear my son telling the lady that his father once won Commonwealth gold and sense that he is brandishing the medal he has brought along for the occasion.
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“I hear more laughter. By the time I am finished, we are only a couple of minutes from the station.
“'Come on Ted,' I say, 'we have to get off!'
“'Oh, and thanks for keeping him company . . . ,' I say turning to the woman waiting her turn when I am stopped in my tracks.”
It was at that moment that the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner – in table tennis – realised who had actually been keeping his son company.
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For while he was “doing his business”, the Duchess of Cambridge was outside with his son.
He recalled: ”My brow furrows, my face works – 'Kate?', I blurt out.
“There are no security guards in the vestibule; no armed guards, but here is the Duchess of Cambridge, chatting merrily with my son.”
After getting off, Syed asked his son if he knew who he was talking to – he did not, but claimed she was “really nice”.
Syed added: “The Duchess had no idea she was chatting to the son of a journalist so I take this to reflect her character and sense of duty.
“The monarchy is in consummate hands.”
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