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Princess Kate’s Sporty Side: Six Games She Has Aced in Pictures

Princess Kate plays netball

Kate, Princess of Wales, showed off her impressive netball skills on a royal visit today – but it appears the sport isn’t the only one she’s good at.

The royal has shown her athletic ability various times over the past 12 years, trying her hand at several different sports from cricket to volleyball.

Kate, 41, is proving her sporting ability once again as she played touch rugby on Wednesday at Maidenhead Rugby Club, where she discussed her “Shaping Us” campaign.

The mother of three, who was made the figurehead of the Rugby Football Union and Football League last year, adores playing sports and cheering on the teams and athletes she is passionate about, as she said herself.

In 2016, at the 40th-anniversary dinner for SportsAid, of which Kate became Patron 10 years ago, she said: “Some of you may know that I love sport. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about.

“I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team.”

Netball

Princess Kate showed off her skills while participating in a mental fitness workshop run by SportsAid at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

Both Kate and William were put under pressure as they attempted to shoot hoops, with Kate appearing overjoyed as she managed to score one through the net on just her second attempt.

The princess is no stranger to the sport, having played in Goal Defence for her school team.

Kate holding a rugby ball

Kate playing touch rugby during a visit to Maidenhead Rugby Club on June 7 (Image: Getty)

Kate running with a hockey stick

Hockey

Kate’s passion for sports began at a young age. She was a talented hockey player in her youth, playing for her school, Malbrough College’s, team. Although, a source told the Daily Mail that Pippa was actually a better player than her older sister.

Since officially becoming a royal in 2011, Kate has had the chance to show off her hockey skills on various occasions. As an ambassador for the London Olympics in 2012, she met with the Team GB hockey team and had a go.

Although, ABC News reported that she was nervous about playing as she said: “This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things, but my body just doesn’t play ball.”

Kate smiling while running

Kate running at the London Marathon Training Day in 2017 (Image: Getty)

Kate laughing holding a tennis racket

Kate laughing with Emma Raducanu in 2021 (Image: Getty)

Tennis

As part of her duties, which sees her taken around the world, Kate has had the opportunity to play various different sports and participate in games.

She is a big tennis fan, having watched several matches at Wimbledon, and serving as the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In 2021, she played with Grand Slam singles title holder Emma Raducanu.

Although the Princess seemed nervous to play alongside world-class tennis players, match official Sam Richardson said she “held her own” and was “brilliant”. He told People: “I think she hit two shots that landed plum on the line. That’s a pretty good shot. She looked like she was having a good time, and was playing well.”

She and Emma seemed to hit it off, too, as the 20-year-old star player also told People playing alongside her was “surreal” but said Kate was “really down to earth and normal”.

Kate sitting on a boat

Kate took part in the King’s Cup Regatta in 2019 (Image: Getty)

Kate playing cricket

Kate and William played cricket with children in Mumbai, India, in 2016 (Image: Getty)

Sailing

Her love of sports has occasionally seen her go head-to-head with Prince William. She famously raced against him in the King’s Cup Regatta held in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Unfortunately, the Princess and her team came in last and she was presented with the wooden spoon as a result.

Paddle tennis

Although the couple frequently take each other on in public, they do so behind closed doors too as they are both “fiercely competitive”.

According to the Sun, Kate regularly plays paddle tennis and partakes in doubles matches with friends — although William is always on the opposite team.

But she and William are not always competing. During a visit to Mumbai, India, in 2016, the couple took turns playing cricket with international cricketer and former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar along with local children.

Kate showed that she could turn her hand to anything as she bravely faced Sachin who bowled a delivery to her.

Kate jumping to hit a volleyball

Kate got stuck playing volleyball shortly after giving birth to Prince George (Image: Getty)

Volleyball

Her love of sport knows no bounds as just three months after giving birth to the future King, Prince George, Kate made a solo appearance playing volleyball while donning platform wedges as part of a charity match put on by SportsAid in 2013.

Kate also enjoys keeping active when she’s not doing royal engagements.

When hosting a reception for England’s Wheelchair Rugby League team earlier this year, she said she tries to do as much as possible around her busy schedule.

She said: “I do it all: whenever I can squeeze in exercise I do, even jumping on the trampoline with the children before school.”

The Princess is reportedly a fan of CrossFit and yoga, goes for a run most days, cycles frequently and does workouts with a personal trainer, according to the Daily Mail.

 

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