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