Kate’s great aunt – her oldest relative – dies aged 107

The Duchess of Cambridge's oldest relative has passed away aged 107.

Alice Tomlinson, formerly Goldsmith, is the older sister of Kate's grandfather Ronald Goldsmith, making her the Duchess's great aunt.

But Mrs Tomlinson never met her royal relative following a family rift many years ago.

According to the Independent , Ron and Alice had a falling out in 1978 which is said to have split the family.

Kate's mum Carole has reportedly had little contact with her dad's family after she married Michael Middleton in 1980.

None of the family were invited to the Royal Wedding.

Speaking in 2010, an anonymous family member said: "Alice will watch the wedding on television, I am sure.

"She thinks of how humble Ron was and is thrilled to think that someone who had absolutely nothing has a granddaughter who will be queen one day."

Mrs Tomlinson, a keen gardener, passed away at her home in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight on April 5.

She leaves behind two daughters, cousins of Kate Middleton, Patricia Charman and Linda Burman, and four grandchildren.

She would have been Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis's great, great aunt.

Kate and her sister Pippa and Brother James grew up in a village called Chapel Row near Newbury in Berkshire.

The all went to St. Andrews school before moving onto Marlborough College, which are both private schools.

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