Saturday, July 21, 2012

William, Kate and Harry Launch Sports Programme in South London

William, Kate and Harry visited St Beacons College in Rotherhithe, South London this morning to to launch the Coach Core programme and encourage young people to become sports coaches.

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The Royal trio joined one hundred young people taking part in a sports festival and met trainee coaches

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The Royals were all smiles upon arrival and looking very stylish, I might add :)

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 All three royals have a keen interest in sport. Kate excelled at hockey, netball and tennis during her time in Marlborough College so this was an ideal engagement for the young royals.

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Coach Core is a new sports coaching initiative which aims to train 16-19 year olds to become qualified sports coaches and mentors for their schools and communities. The programme is a partnership between The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and charity Greenhouse.

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

The Greenhouse charity puts inspirational coaches into schools and community clubs to work with 8-18 year olds. Football, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, judo, swimming, dance and drama are just some of the programmes offered by the coaches who target young people most in need of support in the hopes of achieving improved engagement within the community, improved health and wellbeing and improved effort with education. If you wish to get involved or donate please click here.

Greenhouse volleyball and England star Jordan Dalrymple carrying the Olympic torch in Wandsworth.

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Each of the royals participated in a different sport.

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The Duchess slipped off her wedges to referee a judo match.

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Kate played table tennis with the students. Beacon's College is home to six of the top players in the UK but the Duchess held her own missing only a few points.

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The Duchess then joined the Princes outside to watch the football. One of the boys asked the Princes 'Are you two brothers?' to which Harry jokingly replied 'We're not sure'.

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The couple share a romantic moment.

Prince William gave a very entertaining speech.

'Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight  - the expression giraffe on ice springs to mind. However it is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet'.

Speaking about Kate's sporting talents :)

'Catherine on the other hand, with a tennis racquet or a hockey stick is something to behold and be aware of'.

It was an incredibly fun event and one the royals appeared to enjoy immensely.

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Now onto Kate's style. Upon arrival the colour of her dress was the topic of much debate among the press :)

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Kate wore the Hobbs Check Wessex Dress (With thanks to Irene) At first glance I thought it was a designer piece, possibly Burberry. It's a very pretty summer dress and quite reminiscent of Kate's pre engagement style. It was originally £119 then reduced to £35 on sale but is unfortunately now sold out. It is described as

'Our bestselling Wessex dress returns for Spring/Summer 2012 in a new grey and white checked print. It features a flattering 50's inspired silhouette with a full skirt and nipped in waist'.


A look at the back of the dress.

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Kate teamed her dress with the white Hobbs Neston belt (With many thanks to the wonderful Michelle) which emphasised her waist and showed off the full skirt. The €11 basic leather belt is sold out.

Kate wore the Pied a Terre Imperia Wedges in taupe (With thanks to Fiona and Ashley) The Duchess has a pair of the Imperia's in black and wore them during the Canada tour. The simple slingback espadrille wedges have a round toe and are available in several colours for £80.

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Kate accessorized with her double pearl earrings. 

You can watch a video of William's speech here and a general video covering the visit at ITN Source.


In other (very exciting) news.

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The couple's schedule is below.

  • Tuesday 11th September - Singapore
  • Thursday 13th September - Malaysia/Borneo
  • Sunday 16th September - Solomon Islands
  • Tuesday 18th-19th September - Tuvalu

The couple will be representing the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee and they will be the first members of the Royal family to visit the Pacific Island of Tuvalu, an area of just ten square miles since the Queen and Prince Philip sailed there in 1982. 

'St James's Palace announced that the couple will arrive in Singapore on September 11, moving on to Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian province of Sabah, Borneo and flying to Tuvalu via the Solomon Islands, finishing the tour on the Polynesian Island on September 19'.

More details and the itinerary are expected to be released in a month or so but we do know the couple plan to visit a rainforest 

'During their stay in Borneo they will visit a rainforest where they could come face to face with orangutans, and where they are likely to learn about efforts to preserve the world's oldest rainforest, which dates back 130 million years'. 

As always, a huge thank you to royal correspondents, Rebecca English, Richard Palmer, Georgina Brewer and Paul Harrison for sharing photos and information from the event with us. William, Kate and Harry will welcome the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace at approximately 18.35 today. I'll see you all then :)


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