I hope these are the first of many photos that we will get of the younger royals at Olympic events in the next two weeks. Are you excited? I’m excited. I can’t wait to see the swimming. And the beach volleyball! And the gymnastics, which is my favorite event. Prince Harry, Prince William and The DOC (the Duchess of Cambridge, I’m trying out a new nickname for Kate) were photographed earlier today “on the football pitch at Bacons College.” They were surrounded by kids, and while I’m not sure what the goal (ha!) was, it was a cute photo-op and I’m sure it had something to do with the Olympics. Let’s see… they were attending the launch of a new sports center. There you go.
The DOC was wearing the “Wessex” dress from Hobbs and LK Bennett wedges. The cost of the dress? £35 or roughly $55 – but you can no longer buy it. It’s already sold out. I’m not in love with this – it looks like what it is, basically – a mass-manufactured housedress. I’m guessing Kate got it tailored and she jazzed it up with a white belt, but at the end of the day, she’s just wearing a housedress. I’m surprised the DOC didn’t do a repeat for this event.
Meanwhile, CB sent me this story about The DOC that made me giggle, mostly because it’s so obviously written by Kate’s publicist. It’s nice and everything, and what Kate is trying to do is sweet. But a lot of “WAITY IS AMAZING” tidbits are dropped in:
For months now, the Duchess of Cambridge has been working with the Scout Association near her home in Anglesey, North Wales. The low-key role has proved to be one of her most rewarding and frequent commitments – with Kate often volunteering up to one evening a week.
So when the Olympic authorities invited their royal ambassador to nominate an inspirational torchbearer from amongst her patronages, she put fellow Scout volunteer Jon Sayer, 33 at the top of her list. To understand what it is about this unassuming Yorkshire man that caught her attention is to go back to the night of his birthday in August 2011.
On the beat as a volunteer Police Constable, Jon ended the evening rescuing a drowning man from the chilly waters of the River Calder, sacrificing a night of celebrations – not to mention his own life – to help someone else.
The reluctant hero told HELLO! Online: “Once you put on that uniform,as a paid policeman or a volunteer, you have been bestowed an honour and I was just acting on that” and added that he “didn’t really do anything”.
The Duchess of Cambridge disagreed.
And now, she’ll meet Jon as he carries the Olympic torch into Buckingham Palace on the eve of the London 2012 games.
This is one experience he isn’t playing down.
“To get to carry the Olympic torch is fantastic. That, and meeting the Duchess of Cambridge, who is a volunteer in Scouting herself, will be absolutely incredible – something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
He sounds like a lovely man, and he should get to be part of the Olympics. But I’m still stuck on this whole “the Duchess of Cambridge has been working with the Scout Association near her home in Anglesey, North Wales…The low-key role has proved to be one of her most rewarding and frequent commitments – with Kate often volunteering up to one evening a week.” O RLY?!!? I’m sorry, I need proof of that, please.
More pics from today… how f—king cute is Prince Harry with those kids? Oh, and Will and Kate definitely look more engaged with each other. Somebody must have handed them a memo! “Try to look like you don’t hate each other, PLS.” The DOC even touched William briefly!
Photos courtesy of WENN.