Princess Kate put her best foot forward during a solo engagement at the Maidenhead Rugby Club today.
As the royal patron of the Rugby Football Union, the Princess of Wales joined local and professional players on the pitch. She completed a number of drills while wearing a bright-blue athletic shirt, navy blue tapered trousers, and white sneakers.
The visit also marked a continuation of Kate’s Shaping Us campaign, with the royal afterward leading a conversation about early-childhood experiences and fatherhood with the rugby players. Participating in the discussion were former England pro rugby player Ugo Monye; Si Trower, former rugby player and founder of mental health charity Brave Mind; and other representatives from Maidenhead RFC.
During the visit, Kate told Nigel Gillingham OBE, president of the RFU, that she regularly enjoys games of rugby with her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
“She was telling me that she regularly plays rugby with her children in the back garden—and lots of other sport,” Gillingham said, Town & Country reported. “Apparently, Charlotte is very much in her mold, very competitive as well, apparently.”
Of the royal’s enthusiastic participation in today’s drills, Gillingham added, “You could tell by the smile on her face that she was enjoying it.”
Kate launched her landmark Shaping Us campaign through the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood earlier this year.
“As a society, we currently spend much more of our time and energy on later life,” she announced in a letter this past January. “I am absolutely determined that this long-term campaign is going to change that.”
She added that the campaign will include “a remarkable group of experts spanning science, research, policymaking, and frontline practice as well as an exciting group of well-known faces from music, sport, and television to show all of us why it is in all of our interests to care about this.”
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