Queen Wants to Get to Know Kate Better
Queen aims to 'get to know her better'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 3:22 AM CDT
The 50,000 acre Balmoral Castle, near Ballater in the Scottish Highlands, has been a royal retreat since Queen Victoria.   (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
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(Newser) – After starring in the biggest wedding in a generation and traveling the world with her new hubby, new royal Kate Middleton has a new challenge in store for her: summer holidays with the in-laws. Only in this case, one in-law includes Queen Elizabeth II, of course. The Queen has invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the royal retreat in Balmoral, Scotland, in part to "get to know" Kate better, reports the Telegraph. But with Prince William busy in the RAF, royal sources say the couple will likely visit for just a weekend—still enough time, though, to try out Prince Philip's personally barbecued steaks and sausages.