Chatting casually about their children in the pews of St
Paul's Cathedral, the Duchess of Cambridge and Robyn Madden
had much to talk about.
Mrs Madden and Clemency Wright, wife of the Bishop, the Rt
Rev Dr Kelvin Wright, were privileged to sit next to the
Royal couple during the Palm Sunday service at St Paul's
''We chatted a little about George and jet lag,'' Mrs Madden
Apparently, it took three days for Prince George to recover
from jet lag.
Mrs Wright said the duchess told them how she had been able
to have breakfast with Prince George every morning during the
trip and put him down for a sleep.
She had also been back in time to bath him and put him to bed
at night, except for last night, which was their first away
from the prince during this tour.
The Royal couple had asked to meet Mrs Madden and husband
Richard, who conducted the Cathedral Choir for the service,
because of a link with their two children.
The Maddens' daughter Clara (27) worked for the duke and
duchess for two years (and now works for Prince Harry) and
son Nicholas (32) is a lay clerk at the College of St
George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and
Prince Phillip spend most of their time.
''Never in our wildest of dreams did we ever think our
children would work for the Royals,'' Mrs Madden said.
Mrs Madden found the duchess to be ''very elegant and very
''She's so normal and down to earth. They're the loveliest of
Her children had described them as being very appreciative of
staff and the duke reinforced that, she said.
''William said to me Clara is the star of the office.''
After one of the hymns, the duchess commented she missed
''She had a very nice voice.''
The duchess was very interested in the children's roles in
the St Paul's service and asked if Miss Madden had gone to
the same school, St Hilda's Collegiate, as they attended.
''Clara is getting married next year, so she asked if she had
picked out a dress yet. Then she asked what I was wearing,''
Mrs Madden said.