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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for the second time in a week as she surprisingly joined husband Prince William and Prince Harry to hail the next generation of young sports coaches in London on Wednesday.
She was an unannounced addition to the event alongside the royal brothers as they saluted 150 apprentices who’ve graduated from the royals’ own mentoring programme.
It came just days after she danced with Paddington Bear at a special party for kids associated with some of the royals’ charities and after she and William, both 35, announced their third baby is expected to be born in April.
Kate has been suffering from severe morning sickness. A Royal source says ‘she’s better and is keen to do as much as she can. But she’s taking it day to day in deciding what she can do.’
Prince William and Kate were given two West Ham shirts for Prince George and Charlotte at the football club’s home in London.
But club captain Mark Noble is not sure the little royals will get to wear the shirts which were decorated with the children’s name and numbered with their respective ages of four and two as Dad William is an Aston Villa fan.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the London Stadium today for a coaching apprenticeship graduation event, which is part of a scheme founded by the Royal Foundation.
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Kate joined the royal brothers for the second time this week after attending a charity event with the cast and crew of Paddington 2 on Monday
Noble said: ‘We know that William’s an Aston Villa fan so whether it gets put on or not I don’t know. Whether they’ll let George do that I don’t know! It was a gesture from us as a welcome to the club really.
‘We were talking about the new stadium, football and what West Ham coming to the stadium has done for the area. It’s so nice to speak to the royals. For 99 per cent of the population they are figures from afar.
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William’s favorite team share the same claret and sky blue colors as West Ham and when he and Kate and Harry arrived to be welcomed by Karren Brady, vice chairman of the club, he quipped, ‘Right colors, wrong team!’
William’s devotion to Aston Villa The Duke previously admitted thatwhen he was younger all of his school friends supported Chelsea or Manchester United but he chose Aston Villa because he wanted to be different.
‘I didn’t really want to follow the run of the mill teams, and I wanted to have a team that was more middle of the table, that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments to be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea. I could have had an easier time.’
He added that he would be encouraging Prince George to support Villa, saying: ‘The responsible thing would be to say, to let him make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased,’ he said.
‘I haven’t quite worked out how to play that yet. But, of course he can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it’d be fantastic. I’d love to go to the odd match with him in the future.
‘It’ll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else!’
The royals caught up with newly graduated coaches and the next set of apprentices as they were put through their paces at various sports like tennis, gymnastics, rugby and football.
When Prince William met a young recently trained coach, he asked for some help teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte how to swim.
‘He offered me a job teaching his kids to swim,’ Alex Ferrier, 22, says. ‘I said I might take him up on that!’
Alex , who has qualified as an instructor in the pool, was among the group of apprentices who have graduated from the Glasgow Coach Core program. Other groups from Essex, South Wales and London were among the 150 young people meeting the royals as they celebrated ending their training.
Rhodri Jones, 23, from Pontyberem, South Wales, spoke with Harry as rugby, football and gymnastics drills took place on a training track below the main stand. ‘He was interested in what we were all doing. I’m now mentoring and helping the new cohort of apprentices.’
Coach Core has had a 98% success rate in getting its graduates into full time employment and Jones is now working at Scarlets professional rugby club in Llanelli, Wales. ‘I always knew that I wanted to get into this but I didn’t know how,’ he says. ‘It gave me the confidence and the pathway that I needed.’
After Harry’s speech, the groups of apprenticeships were lauded in short films that echoed around the largely empty stadium and then took their turns on the podium to be congratulated by and have photographs with the three royals.