The Princess of Wales swapped her business suit for a tracksuit as she tried out wheelchair rugby today – and also had two of her fingers wrapped in a fresh bandage.
Kate travelled to Hull FC to take part in a Rugby League Inclusivity Day in her royal role as patron of the Rugby Football League. The princess is using the visit to highlight the importance of Disability Rugby League and why it is so important to those who play it.
During the engagement, Kate, who wore a Rugby League tracksuit and trainers, tried her hand at wheelchair rugby, scoring a conversion, as well as having a go at Physical Disability Rugby League, which is a running version of the game designed for those who have physical disabilities.
As she arrived at the venue, two fingers on Kate’s right hand could be seen strapped up yet again. Last month, the same two fingers were bandaged as she made a visit to a prison in Surrey after it was revealed she sustained an injury while trampolining with her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
However, it is believed the strapping today was merely a precaution as the princess knew she would be throwing the ball and pushing the wheelchair – and hasn’t aggravated her previous injury further.
Kate revealed last year that she had taken on the two royal rugby patron roles with the English Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League, which were previously held by Prince Harry. He had to give them up when he and wife Meghan Markle stepped down as working royals. The princess is a long-time supporter of rugby and a known lover of a number of sports, a passion represented by her patronages of sports charities.
England hosted the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup last November and beat their old rivals and reigning champions France 28-24 in a closely fought final. Their efforts helped to elevate the standing of the sport, the most inclusive format across rugby league allowing players, regardless of gender or disability, to compete together.
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The princess celebrated their success by inviting the squad to Hampton Court Palace for a reception in January and said at the time she, William and their three children had watched the final on television – and youngest son Louis was a keen rugby player.
It’s been a busy week for Kate, who has had engagements three days in a row. On Tuesday, she and Prince William headed to Cardiff to celebrate the Windrush elders, who came from the Caribbean to help rebuild postwar Britain. The couple received a boisterous welcome from their host and dished out hugs to those they met.
The sporty Princess of Wales in action playing rugby today.— Belle (@RoyallyBelle_) October 5, 2023
Can we talk about catch though!?🤩 pic.twitter.com/h2pQpWdBPk
Meanwhile, yesterday Kate surprised shoppers at a shopping centre in Bracknell when she dropped into a hub providing services for Ukrainian families settled in the area.
Her tour of the Vsi Razom – Ukrainian for all together – Community Hub saw her pack boxes full of aid that were being sent to Ukraine and on one of the boxes, she wrote a poignant message of support to Ukraine saying “we are all thinking of you”.