Kate, who wore a floral print Alexander McQueen dress, told equestrian triple gold medalist Natasha Baker that her 3-year-old son Prince George has a favorite sport — and teased that 17-month-old Princess Charlotte is a handful.
“George is fascinated by fencing, but I think that’s because of the face shields,” Kate said. “Charlotte would have loved to be here but she’d be running riot!”
“I asked her how the children were, and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding — which is great to hear,” said Baker. “I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years time. She emphasized that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.”
For her part, the Queen stopped for a long chat with gold medal-winning show jumper Nick Skelton.
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“The Queen was asking about [my horse] Big Star, and we were talking about her horse Dartmouth,” he said. “You don’t need to give the Queen any advice, she’s very knowledgable about all equestrian sports. She can tell me a thing or two!
Gold medal-winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds received a huge hug from Prince Harry, saying, “It was the first time I’d met Harry and he gave me a hug. I must have mentioned to someone I was really looking forward to meeting him and he just hugged me! The duchess was telling me how George likes swimming and Charlotte loves horses.”
Harry also charmed member’s of the women’s hockey team, with goalkeeper Maddie Hinch in giggles at his impression of her goal-tending skills.
“Prince Harry described me as a crab and was impersonating me!” she said. “He’d definitely fit into our team and in the locker room!”
Hinch’s teammate Alex Danson said, “Kate and William both said they played hockey at university. [Kate] said George has picked up a polo stick and she’s trying to
show him to use it as a hockey stick.”
The royal mom is patron of SportsAid, a charity that helped many of the British team get a start as young people.The palace reception follows two days of celebrations in the country for Team Great Britain. There was a parade in the northern city of Manchester on Monday and then a party in London’s Trafalgar Square on Tuesday.
William, Kate and Harry were active supporters of the Olympians four years ago in London and have all supported the burgeoning careers of some of the stars as they trained for Rio.
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