Kate stuns tourists as she makes surprise appearance at Buckingham Palace

Tourists outside Buckingham Palace yesterday were given an incredible surprise when the Duchess of Cambridge dropped by for a visit.

Kate Middleton headed through the palace gates in a Range Rover, raising a hand to wave at onlookers as she passed by.

But what was really interesting about the moment, was that Kate, 36, was seen driving herself to the home of her grandmother-in-law, The Queen.

This is because members of the royal family are very rarely seen out and about driving their own cars, and instead are often chauffeured to official engagements.

However royal etiquette expert, William Hanson, recently told The Express that "modern royalty tend to drive themselves to private parties and events".

So it’s very likely that Kate was just dropping by for a casual visit.

And according to HELLO! the Duchess "often visits Buckingham to use the Queen’s swimming pool, which is where her children have been learning how to swim".

The publication went on to suggest that her children, Princess Charlotte and baby Prince Louis may have been accompanying her on the visit, as the car’s rear windows were blacked-out.

Footage of the mum-of-three behind the wheel was shared on Instagram by a user called melissagrflx, who was out exploring London for the day.

She shared it along with several shots of herself and captioned the post: "At Buckingham Palace. When you’re so lucky to get a shot of Kate Middleton right when she gets to the palace."

So far over 900 people have liked her clip.

In the video, Kate looks stunning as ever, dressed in a cream top, with her long dark hair down.

This isn’t the first time this year a member of the Royal Family has hit the headlines because of a car.

Back in September Meghan Markle sent royal fans into a frenzy when she was filmed closing her own car door – something The Queen never does.

The Duchess of Sussex was attending her first solo engagement at the time – the opening of the Oceania exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts.

People on social media were quick to praise Meghan for doing something so ‘normal’.

One person said: "A princess who still takes the time to shut her car door. Well done Meghan!"

Another commented: "I don’t think Meghan Markle sees herself as better than anyone else. She knows that she and Prince Harry are blessed to have found each other. I’m proud of her. Life is good."

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