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Kate Middleton's Parents Meet the Queen for the First Time

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images; Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Oh no! Which one's the salad fork?

After nearly a decade since Prince William and Kate Middleton met—and with just nine days to go until the Royal Wedding—the bride-to-be's parents have finally met Queen Elizabeth II. The queen hosted a lunch for Wills' future in-laws, reports People.

So what took so long for them to unite?

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Hard to say.

As much as the families appear to get on with each other just fine, the prince and his betrothed met all the way back in 2001, so it does seem funny that their families have never met face-to-face before now. Both families attended Kate and Wills' graduation from St. Andrews University in 2005, as well as were at Sandhurst when William left in 2006, but never met up.

Still, whatever the reason, the queen decided to set things right before the big day, and invited the 'rents over for some lunch. The 85-year-old monarch and her 89-year-old hubby, Prince Philip dined with Michael, 61, and Carole Middleton, 56, at Windsor Castle before the families merged into one.

A good time was had by all, with a royal source telling the mag that there was a "warm atmosphere" at the lunch, which also included members of the royal household (though no word on whether William's father Prince Charles was in attendance).

Glad they did it. We imagine they probably had lots to talk about.

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