Why Duchess Kate and the queen both look so gloomy in the royal carriage

Any keen-eyed royal observer will have noticed that Kate Middleton is hardly beaming from ear-to-ear when she finds herself seated in a royal carriage.

While many suspected the Duchess of Cambridge was simply not overly fond of huge public engagements, it turns out she suffers from the same debilitating illness as the Queen herself.

A royal source revealed to The Sunday Mirror that Kate’s visible unease is really an attempt to conceal the extreme discomfort she suffers every time she takes a jostling turn in the royal wheels.

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(Steve Parsons/PA via AP)The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Duchess of Cornwall during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) speaks to Zara Tindall whilst attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge looks out from a carriage in Windsor Great Park on her way to Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Cambridge (left to right) during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.CORRECTING TITLE FROM PRINCESS TO DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE- Britain’s Prince William, center, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)From left, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince Charles Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William talk with Netherlands’ Queen Maxima, second from left, and Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander as they arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)CORRECTING TITLE FROM PRINCESS TO DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE- From left, Britain’s Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain’s Prince Charles arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)CORRECTING TITLE FROM PRINCESS TO DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE- Britain’s Prince William, center, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)The Duchess of Cambridge attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) speaks to Zara Tindall whilst attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left), Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)The Duchess of Cambridge arriving during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) attend on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 18, 2019. – The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)(Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving by carriage on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Zara Phillips (R) attend on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 18, 2019. – The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)(Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)The Duke of Cambridge (left), Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left), Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left), Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) attend on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 18, 2019. – The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)(Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. 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The Duchess suffers from crippling motion sickness, which is no doubt exacerbated by the movement of the carriage.

“The truth is the Duchess of Cambridge gets very seasick and doesn’t enjoy the rocking motion of carriages,” the source said, adding the stress of trying to control the illness adds to her pallid expression.

“Worrying she may be ill on such an important occasion as Trooping the Colour added to her stress,” they said.

Unfortunately for Kate, there’s no way around the horrible journeys, the royal carriage ride is an age old tradition that can’t be done away with.

20 PHOTOSRoyal family at the Royal AscotSee GalleryRoyal family at the Royal AscotThe Duke of Cambridge (left), the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Princess Eugenie of York (left) and Princess Beatrice of York during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)Queen Elizabeth II (left), King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (centre), Johnny Weatherby (right) and Zara Tindall (left) attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)The Princess Royal (left) and the Countess of Wessex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Emma Weymouth and Lady Kitty Spencer attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)The Princess Royal, Anne (fourth left), The Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Queen Elizabeth II during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R) rise with Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) and Queen Maxima (R) and Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (2L) as they arrive on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 18, 2019. – The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)(Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)Princess Eugenie in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.The Princess Royal in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Cornwall in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Great Park where members of the Royal family swap from cars to horse-drawn carriages on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.Queen Elizabeth II during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cornwall (centre), the Prince of Wales (third left) and the Duke of Cambridge during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duke of Cambridge (left), the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duke of Cambridge (centre) arriving by carriage during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.The Duchess of Cornwall (centre), the Prince of Wales (third left) and the Duke of Cambridge during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Up Next

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“Protocol meant she had no choice but to go by state carriage,” they explained.

The illness is not unique to Kate however, the Queen is also a sufferer and opened up last year about her own harrowing experiences in the uncomfortable vehicle describing a two hour procession on her coronation day as ‘horrible’.

The illness is so powerful it’s reported that the Queen has even suggested Kate take medication, but the well-known side effect of drowsiness means its an unlikely solution.

Turns out even royalty gets a bit car sick.

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