Kate Middleton Welcomed As She Takes Over Prince Harry’s Former Royal Roles

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Kate Middleton Welcomed As She Takes Over Prince Harry's Former Royal Roles

The Duchess of Cambridge has today been
announced as the new patron of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football
Union, taking over the roles of her brother-in-law, 
Prince Harry

In a statement on Wednesday, Kensington Palace said: “These new
patronages, which have been given to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen, closely align with Her Royal Highness’
longstanding passion for sport and the lifelong benefits it can provide, both
within our communities and on an individual level.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to give up their patronages
following their decision to step back as senior royals in March 2020.

Kate is a known sports enthusiast and has attended rugby matches in the
UK, as well as the Six Nations tournament in Paris in 2017. And in a piece
for Vanity Fair in 2014, the Duchess’
younger sister, Pippa Middleton, wrote about her family’s love for the sport: “Rugby
was a big thing for our family, and the focal point was international matches,
which were often played on Saturday afternoons and were as much social as
sporting occasions. We’d plan our weekends around the big matches, a quick bite
to eat at halftime or lunch on our laps, typically a chicken potpie or
something equally cosy and English. If we lost, my dad would be in a state of
despair for the rest of the afternoon, as if he’d actually lost the game
himself.”

In a statement, Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football
League said: “We are truly honoured by the appointment of The Duchess
of Cambridge as the Rugby Football League’s Royal Patron. We are delighted to
welcome her as we prepare to host Men’s, Women’s, Wheelchair and Physical
Disability Rugby League World Cups in England this autumn. Our sport’s history
has been built on a commitment to tackling inequalities and we honour that
through our focus on having a positive social impact well beyond the pitch. We
look forward to working with The Duchess in the years to come, and I know all
levels of our sport will welcome her to the Rugby League family.”

Kate Middleton Welcomed As She Takes Over Prince Harry's Former Royal Roles

Harry, William and Kate at a Six Nations match in 2007

Meanwhile, Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football Union
said: “It is a great honour to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge as
our Patron. Our aim is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby
union, develop the sport for future generations and create a successful
thriving game across the country. As rugby clubs have re-opened across the
country, players, officials, and volunteers are celebrating being back in the
game together, and we know the support of The Duchess will be greatly
valued from our grassroots clubs and fast-growing women and girls’ game, right
up to our elite Men’s and Women’s England teams.”

Kate Middleton Welcomed As She Takes Over Prince Harry's Former Royal Roles

The Cambridges at a Six Nations match in Paris in 2017

Established in 1895, The Rugby Football League is the national governing
body for the Rugby League in the UK – covering all forms of grassroots and professional games, including women’s and wheelchair rugby.  

The Rugby Football Union, founded in 1871, is the national governing
body for grassroots and elite rugby union in England and with 1,900 member
clubs is one of the largest sports organisations in the country.

There’s a chance we could see Kate and her husband, Prince William, get competitive later this month. The Duke is
patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales will take on England at Twickenham on
Saturday 26 February in the Guinness Six Nations 2022. 

 

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