Rugby is a very popular sport in the UK. Duchess Kate has now taken over the patronage of the English associations.
Duchess Kate becomes the new Patron of the English Rugby Associations. Queen Elizabeth II (95) has transferred the offices to the wife of her grandson, Prince William, Kensington Palace in London said on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old follows her brother-in-law, Prince Harry (37), who had to give up the honor due to his retirement from royal duties a year ago. Kate attended a training session at Rugby Stadium in the Twickenham area of London on Wednesday. The Duchess herself wore a black national jersey and shorts and blue trainers.
The sport of rugby is extremely popular in Great Britain. Kate’s husband, William (39), is a patron of the Welsh Association. The sponsorship would be a great fit for the Duchess of Cambridge, palace sources said. Kate has a long-standing passion for the sport and the lifelong benefits it offers both individually and collectively. The associations were honored.
Harry took over the patronage of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union from the Queen in 2016. When he finally retired as an active member of the Royal Family in 2021, he too had to give up his honorary positions. (dpa)
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