This morning, Kate attended an athlete workshop at the Olympic Park in London. The workshop was held by charity SportsAid, of which Kate is patron.
For her first solo public engagement since the birth of Prince George three months ago, back in July, Kate re-wore (almost!) the same navy blue outfit from her visit to the 2012 London Olympics.
About Kate’s Outfit:
Kate wore her navy blue J Brand jeans along with the navy blue Smythe One Button Blazer, her white and blue Ralph Lauren Tori breton-striped top and her blue Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges from Russell and Bromley. I said she’s ‘almost’ re-wearing her Olympics outfit because, of course, she wore her Alexander McQueen striped top with the blazer, jeans and wedges back in 2012. Finally, Kate accessorised her outfit with her pair of Kiki McDonough Grace Earrings.
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Here’s a quick reminder of Kate at the Olympics in 2012:
Now back to the event itself, which was held at the Copper Box in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. During her time with the charity this morning, Kate watched as athletes took part in a number of activities, including wheelchair basketball, volleyball, fencing and badminton.
She also joined in with the volleyball, as you can see in the following video:
There’s also a few fabulous pictures of the Duchess getting involved in the Volleyball (how she stayed upright in those Corkswoons, I’ll never know?)
Kate met the charity’s young athletes (and their parents), plus some Olympian and Paralympian athletes too.
Kate also took part in a mock news conference and got to ask a question to the young athletes (details/footage for this seem to be sparse at the moment – but I’ll update later, once more details are available). BBC’s Peter Hunt notes that legendary interviewer Jeremy Paxman’s job is safe:
No threat to @JeremyPaman: Kate has asked a question at a mock news conference set up to train young athletes.
— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) October 18, 2013
Kate’s patronage with SportsAid was announced earlier this year, back in January. This is her first official visit to the charity as official patron.
On their website, SportsAid write that Kate is “helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.”
Established in 1976, SportsAid has helped many people, some of which are now regarded as the UK’s most successful sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
SportsAid help ‘future champions’ aged between 12-18 to realise their potential for, and they give financial support to help meet essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.