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She shoots, she scores: Kate plays hockey at the Olympic Park

In March 2012, Duchess Kate visited the Olympic Park to visit the British hockey team ahead of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, in her capacity as ambassador for Team GB.

She wore refreshingly bright patriotic colours and a smart-casual outfit during her visit.

Kate Middleton Olympic Park Visit

Left and Bottom Right: Kate playing hockey with Team GB. Top right: Kate in blazer as she tours the Olympic Park.

Kate got the chance to play a little hockey with the team, a sport we know she used to play competitively back in school – in fact, while at Marlborough Collage, Kate was the team’s captain!

Kate didn’t sound very confident in her skills, speaking nervously she said:

“I was really looking forward to coming here but now I am here and have discovered I have to play I am not feeling so confident.

“The colour of the pitch is, well, eye-catching. My trousers really clash.”

“Oh please don’t tell me I have to do it in front of all these people! I don’t want anyone to watch!”

“The last time I played was 2005, maybe. It feels like I haven’t held a stick for ten years.

“This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn’t play ball.”

“I was striker so you had to get the timing exactly right, well that was the idea. I played on the left wing. I really enjoyed it and it is great to be here.”

“I haven’t played since I stopped so I am really nervous now.”

The Duchess needn’t have worried though, after missing two goals from the left hand side, she repositioned and then scored with her first shot from in front of the goal.  After, she declared:

“Wow, that was no pressure then! I was determined to keep on going until I scored.”

After, Kate was presented with a personalised hockey vest and she even got to keep the Adidas hockey stick she played with!

Kate Middleton with her new 'Cambridge' hockey vest from Team GB

Kate Middleton with her new ‘Cambridge’ hockey vest from Team GB

For more details on the sporty visit to Olympic Park today, click here to read the Telegraph’s news story.

Kate’s outfit:

During both the tour of Olympic Park and the hockey demonstration, Kate wore a pair of coral pink jeans, thought to be the Pop Slim Fit style from high street retailer Zara.

Zara Pop Slim Fit Jeans, As Seen On The Duchess of Cambridge

Zara Pop Slim Fit Jeans, as Seen on The Duchess of Cambridge.  Picture via What Kate Wore

Susan from What Kate Wore describes the process behind the ID:

“Originally we [the Kate community] thought these might be J Brand’s 811 style, but that was not the case. Identifying the exact make of jeans was a challenge for the intrepid fashion experts on the WKW Facebook page, they refused to give up until the proper pair was located. Many pair were perused and rejected, photos of details examined, color comparisons made; the conclusion is that Kate was in a pair by Zara.”

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For the tour of Olympic Park, Kate wore an Emilio Pucci jacket in the ‘Punto Milano’ style:

Kate Middleton in her Emilio Pucci blazer

Over a white t-shirt, Kate wore an official Team GB supporter’s scarf, specifically, the scarf supporting the Paralympic team.  I purchased my own Team GB scarf a couple of days later, and I wore it throughout the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics!  (Please don’t mind my wet hair!)

Team GB Scarf

While touring the grounds, Kate wore the L.K. Bennett ‘Art’ pumps, which she has worn on a number of occasions previously too.  You can see the shoe clearly in this picture, kindly snapped by Sky News’ Olympic Twitter account.

Kate Middleton plays Hockey and meets Team GB

Kate Middleton plays Hockey and meets Team GB

Finally, Kate finished her outfit off with a pair of simple earrings, the white topaz ‘Grace‘ stud by Kiki McDonough.  Kate frequently wears these sparkling beauties.

kate middleton kiki grace earrings

Kiki Mcdonough Grace Earnings

Here we show them in several dazzling colours, available at Neiman Marcus:

For the hockey demonstration, Kate changed into an official Team GB sweatshirt and a pair of Adidas trainers.   We do not know the official style name or colourway.

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Kate's Outfit for Olympic Park visit

Kate Middleton wears the Kiki McDonough Grace

Kiki McDonough Grace Earrings

Topaz & diamond stud earrings

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  1. Sara Wong says:
  2. she looks lovely except for the pumps with those pants why would she wear those with those pink pants looks terrible

    • Agreed. Her ballet flats would have looked much better. It’s a casual event. Pumps don’t fit the occasion.

  3. Love the scarf – anybody know how to tie this scarf?

  4. This would be a perfect outfit if the pants fit better. The skin-tight look is not flattering on anyone! I love the blazer and scarf, though. Very preppy!

  5. I think these are from levi’s?

  6. Where can I get the grey track top?!

  7. Those jeans look so tacky and they are an awful colour. As for her high-heeled shoes they do not suit the outfit at all.


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