The Princess of Wales Hosts Rugby Reception at Hampton Court Palace

The Princess of Wales hosted a reception this afternoon for England’s World Champion Wheelchair Rugby Team.

The reception was at Hampton Court Palace

In this picture, you see the Princess with Simon Johnson, chair of the Rugby Football League. Many readers will recall the Princess is the league’s patron, a place she has held since February 2022. 

Below, the Princess as she greeted workforce members in the present day.

We be taught extra in regards to the workforce’s success in this People story

The festive occasion was held in honor of the workforce’s win on the Rugby League World Cup Final in November 2022, the place they defeated France 28-24 to change into world champions. The victory was particularly candy for Team England, as their first World Cup win because the first Wheelchair match was held in 2008.

And further perspective comes through this Sky Sports piece

Victory for the host nation over their outdated rivals and reigning champions France in a tightly fought remaining introduced a becoming finish to the World Cup, which has succeeded in elevating wheelchair rugby league to beforehand unheard-of heights.

As nicely as delivering a long-awaited second triumph for England, the match launched a brand new viewers to the game, noticed the USA make their debut, and has led to semi-finalists Wales being set to embark on a ground-breaking tour of Brazil in February.

A video from in the present day’s occasion.

Below, the Princess shakes fingers with James Simpson. 

We be taught extra about Mr. Simpson’s dialog with the Princess on this Town and Country article by Victoria Murphy. 

“It’s been unbelievable, it’s been wonderful,” he informed Town & Country. “I’ve been enjoying this recreation for 10 years and we began off six groups within the shadows in sports activities halls, no one actually knew about us. The world cup we had final yr, we had 1.5 million watching the ultimate, 4,500 there watching. And to know that we had members of the royal household watching the sport, to know that they took an curiosity in watching us play, it sort of offers you that feeling the place you’re on this new degree that we’ve by no means been on earlier than the place the nation is watching at each degree, watching us carry out and backing us as a global aspect. It makes you’re feeling good that each one the work you’ve put in since day one has paid off.”

The Belfast Telegraph has more about in the present day’s reception.

Kate stated she, William and their three youngsters had watched the ultimate on tv, during which England narrowly defeated France 28-24. 

Asked whether or not her youngsters have been all in favour of rugby, she stated: “We’re all the time barely aggressive with one another. They all love sport and Louis is mad about rugby. They are at an age the place they only love working round.”

The princess added: “I do all of it: every time I can squeeze in train, I do, even leaping on the trampoline with the kids earlier than faculty.”

The Princess with Josie Hill (left), James Simpson, and coach Tom Coyd (proper) with the Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup trophy.

We return to The Belfast Telegraph piece

Head coach Tom Coyd stated Kate informed him that Louis specifically was a fan of the game.

He informed the PA information company: “She stated Louis is doing tag rugby in school. She was saying that it’s fairly fundamental on the minute, that he’s simply attending to grips with the passing and the working round.

Coyd added: “She stated it could be nice for us to go and do an engagement session on the faculty the place her youngsters attend.”

Rebecca English of The Daily Mail reports, “The Princess is eager to point out her help and shine a lightweight on the elevated curiosity within the sport.”

And from the Town and Country story

Player Sebastien Bechara described how the win has given them a “large platform” to assist develop the game and be a part of occasions akin to in the present day’s. “It’s simply wonderful,” he stated.

“It’s nice to see how she knew what she was speaking about,” he stated of Kate. “She had watched the sport together with her youngsters. She was actually pleased and concerned with it and she or he was actually eager on making an attempt it sooner or later together with her youngsters. It simply crammed me with pleasure to see how she was actually all in favour of it.”

A proper picture to commemorate the day. 

Now for our take a look at what Kate wore.

She was within the Roland Mouret separates first seen throughout the December visit to Boston

Beneath the blazer, the Princess wore an ivory knit high or sweater that’s not but recognized. I’ll have a look for it this afternoon however could be stunned whether it is identifiable from the accessible images. UPDATE: With due to Antonelle for her remark, this seems to be just like the UFO sweater worn in December 2020 on day two of the royal prepare journey. 

Today’s pumps appear to be the Gianvito Rossi 105 in Bordeaux suede. 

The Princess wore a brand new (to us) Daniella Draper necklace, the Gold Citrine Baby Treasure Necklace ($1050).

The necklace is made of 100% recycled strong 9-carat yellow gold, set with a citrine stone. Thank you to Data Duchess for her speedy ID of the stone used within the piece. 

The Princess additionally wore her Mini Cupid Hoop Earrings ($255) by Daniella Draper.



Learn extra about James Simpson on this video.

  Sky News affords about one minute of video.

Princess of Wales hosts England’s World Cup wheelchair winners

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See highlights from the championship match in opposition to France on this video.  

France v England in the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup 2021 final | Cazoo Match Highlights

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