KATE’S DOUBLE DUTY: The Duchess of Cambridge ramped up her royal presence Thursday, when she attended two official engagements in London. Kate’s first appearance saw her visit the British Olympic hockey team at the London 2012 Olympic park. And making the most of her experience as a former school hockey captain, Kate took to the pitch herself — clad in red skinny jeans, a gray Team GB sweatshirt and Adidas sneakers — where she scored a goal. The engagement was part of the duchess’ role as a Team GB and Paralympics GB 2012 ambassador. During the visit she chatted to the team: “I was really looking forward to coming here but now I am here and have discovered I have to play, I am not feeling so confident,” she confided to the players, and afterwards described the experience as “nerve wracking but great,” according to Press Association reports.
Later in the day, Kate joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a more sedate engagement at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery. The royals were there to see the work of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, a foundation that Prince Charles created to introduce children to the arts. Kate wore an Orla Kiely gray dress with pleated skirts and black flower appliqués to the gallery, while Camilla wore a navy dress by Anna Valentine. The royals all took part in a class with school children at the gallery, where they made collage self-portraits. They later watched children’s drama performances inspired by different artworks.