The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by their eldest son Prince George – who cheekily poked his tongue out – when attending England’s Six Nations match against Wales this evening. The eight-year-old appeared in great spirits as he stood in the stands alongside his parents, dressed in a red and navy jacket, while his mother Kate, 40, oozed elegance in a houndstooth £449 Knightsbridge Coat from Holland Cooper, and his father Prince William, 39, appeared dapper in a red tie and black jumper combo.
Today’s match at Twickenham Stadium will be the first Kate has attended since becoming patron of Rugby Football Union (RFU) after she took over the role from her brother-in-law Prince Harry, who used to enjoy cheering on England before he was forced to give up the patronage as part of the Megxit agreement.
Prince William, who has been patron of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) since 2016, and Kate are known for their rivalry during sporting engagements, with the duchess, who grew up watching rugby with her family, having gamely taken on her husband in everything from dragon boating to wind buggy racing.
Their appearance comes after they today tweeted their support for Ukraine in a rare political comment – insisting they ‘stand’ with the people of the war-torn nation, who ‘bravely fight’ for their future. Showing her support for her English side, Kate wore a scarf with the team’s logo on it, while also sporting a black high neck jumper to match with her designer coat. She added a pair of £5 Accessorize earrings to complete the look.
George, who has previously attended football matches with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stood between his parents for the game and wore a padded jacket from Ralph Lauren.
The royal couple met Jeff Blackett, president of the RFU, and Gerald Davies, president of the WRU, prior to kick-off and chatted with volunteers and council members of the RFU. ‘[The Duke and Duchess] are famously competitive with each other and this will be no different – probably even more so now that they have an invested interest in the outcome of the game,’ a source said when Kate’s patronage was announced.
The Duchess of Cambridge has played tennis and hockey from a young age. She is already royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and is a frequent visitor to the Wimbledon Championships.
Less well known is her love of rugby. Her sister, Pippa, wrote in Vanity Fair magazine in 2014: ‘Rugby was a big thing for our family, we’d plan our weekends around the big matches.’ The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her rugby skills at an event at Twickenham earlier this month to mark her appointment. Sporty Kate donned official England Rugby £50 pants and £50 zip-up top as she joined England players for a training session at Twickenham, hours after she was confirmed as the Duke of Sussex’s replacement.
Competitive Kate looked delighted to be stepping into her brother-in-law’s shoes and giggled, laughed and smiled her way through the drills, led by head coach Eddie Jones. Earlier today, in a personal tweet signed by the royal couple, William and Kate wrote: ‘In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future.
‘Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.’ William and Kate welcomed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena in the opulent Throne Room at Buckingham Palace in October 2020 – their first audience after the first Covid lockdown.