The royal couple manned the phones to close deals with traders around the globe – with all the funds going to charity

By Phil Boucher
December 09, 2015 09:00 AM
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Let’s make a royal deal!

Prince William and Princess Kate took to the phones on the trading floor Wednesday morning at brokerage firm ICAP’s annual Christmas Charity Day held in the heart of London’s financial district.

Kate, 33, looked the part in a chic teal LK Bennett peplum suit and dark heels (and a shorter hairstyle!), as she and William, 33, were met at the doors by Lord Mayor of London Jeffery Evans and ICAP Chief Executive Michael Spencer, before moving inside to “close” deals with traders from across the globe.

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The event, which is held at more than 60 of ICAP’s offices around the world, sees traders don crazy outfits as they donate their entire day’s revenue and commissions to an array of good causes.

Since its start in 1993, the event has generated $190 million for charities and has become a regular pre-holiday outing for the royals, with William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles, all manning the fundraising phones over the years. But this is the first time that Kate has taken part in the festivities – and she didn’t hold back!

The royal mom of two showed off her competitive side in a rousing game of ping pong against her equally sporty husband.

She then showed off her basketball skills with a perfect slam dunk, which made the entire office go wild.

It wasn’t all fun and games for the royals – they proved successful in their new roles, bringing in a staggering $540 million in deals.

Among those selected to benefit in 2015 are the Kate-supported children’s mental health charity Place2be and Sportsaid as well as youth and education cause Skillforce, of which William is patron.

William and Kate have made mental health a focus of their pre-holiday charity work. On Monday, William turned his attention to the subject of child bullying during an anti-bullying workshop run by the charity named after his late mother, the Diana Award.

Tomorrow, Kate will visit Action On Addiction in Warminster, Wiltshire, to discover more about how the centre provides training, education and professional development for people working with addiction and related fields.