Catherine among the other royals attended the Buckingham Palace Reception earlier today, hosted for all Head of States attending the Olympics opening ceremony. She looked great in her outfit. More photos will be added once they surface
If you haven’t yet gotten into the Olympic spirit, this should help: Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry are kicking off the games today with some sporting events of their own.
The royal threesome is at Bacon’s College, a secondary school in East London, playing sports with the kids and launching a new initiative called Coach Core. The project, aimed at London’s most impoverished areas, will provide training to talented young athletes, ages 16 through 19, who wish to become coaches.
To kick it off, the duke, duchess and the third-wheeling prince showed off their own sports skills with a slew of British kids. Prince Harry tried his hand at basketball, failing miserably (Richard Palmer of the Daily Express tweeted, “Harry missed four out of four shots. Grits his teeth”). He then joined Prince William on the soccer (er, football) field with a gang of kids, one of whom asked, “Are you two brothers?” Harry jokingly replied, “We’re not sure,” according to Palmer. (If not brothers, than at least identical fashion twins: the brothers matched to a tee.)
But the highlight was Kate, who showed off her athletic prowess even in a dress and heels. Wearing a “sporty and casual” dress from Hobbs (an old item that’s since sold out) and wedges, Kate played some table tennis (ping-pong, to us non-Olympians) and also refereed some judo.
Later, in his speech to the crowd, Prince William praised her skillz: “Catherine, on the other hand, with a tennis racquet or a hockey stick is something to behold and be aware of.”
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2012 > Visiting Bacon’s College – July 26, 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge came face to face with her own sporting performance today as she opened an exhibition of images from the 2012 Games at the National Portrait Gallery.
In an electric blue Stella McCartney dress and a gold Cartier Olympic-themed necklace featuring five rings, Kate was amused to see a photo of herself among the exhibits.
The black-and-white image taken by Jillian Edelstein shows a smiling Duchess in a Team GB “hoodie” when she visited the women’s hockey team at the Olympic Park in March.
Kate and Princes William and Harry are to throw themselves into supporting Team GB, visiting training camps and appearing at Olympic events where Britain has a chance of striking gold, including cheering on the princes’ cousin Zara Phillips in the equestrian events in Greenwich Park.
As Team GB ambassadors, they will also shine a light on workers behind the scenes, including volunteers, torch bearers and catering staff. They will also link up with future Olympic stars to ensure the long-term sporting legacy of the London Games.
Gallery director Sandy Nairne said: “We know she [the Duchess] loves taking photographs. She was very intrigued about how things got taken and why they got taken. She was on very good form and she was asking lovely questions. I think she was very pleased to see some of the torchbearers. We have only got 10 out of the 8,000.”