Kate throws a rugby ball in a video marking her new sponsorships

A new video shows the Duchess of Cambridge passing a rugby ball to players to mark her new Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Football League (RFL) sponsorships.

Kate has taken over the Duke of Sussex’s former roles as patroness of the RFU and RFL.

In the clip, posted on Kensington Palace’s social media, the Duchess wears training gear and throws a rugby ball off-screen.

In the following image, the ball lands in the hands of Thea Northcott, a community rugby union player, who passes it to Harry Newman of the England men’s Rugby League team.

Kate has received royal patronages from the Queen, and Kensington Palace said the high-level sporting nominations “closely align with Her Royal Highness’s long-standing passion for sport and the benefits it can bring throughout life. lifelong”.

It makes the Duchess the first member of the Royal Family to officially receive one of the Sussexes’ former sponsorships, and the confirmation comes ahead of the start of the Guinness Six Nations tournament this weekend.

The caption of the video on Twitter reads: “I am delighted to become the boss of @TheRFL and @EnglandRugby.

“Two fantastic organizations committed to harnessing the power sport can have to bring communities together and help individuals thrive.”

“I look forward to working with them at all levels of the Games and cheering on England in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports! C”

The video also features Jodie Cunningham of the English Rugby League women’s team, Maro Itoje of the English Rugby League men’s team, James Simpson of the English Rugby League men’s wheelchair team and Poppy Cleall of the English Women’s Rugby League team.

The Duchess of Cambridge kicks a rugby ball during a visit to Derry City Rugby Club in September (Tim Rooke/PA)

Kate’s new affiliation with England Rugby puts her in direct competition with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, who is the boss of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Duchess herself is expected to become the Princess of Wales one day, and she has supported Wales in matches with William in the past.

In 2015, the Cambridges supported Wales when they joined thousands of fans to watch the team’s 2015 Rugby World Cup clash against England at Twickenham.

Kate and William proudly wore the Welsh colors and sang the Welsh national anthem, while Harry wore an England rugby shirt with the message ‘Carry Them Home’ on the back.

The Cambridges are already known for their friendly rivalry with each other, especially during sporting engagements on the pitch.

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Harry, William and Kate during the England v Wales Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium in 2015 (Mike Egerton/PA)

Kate, 40, grew up watching England rugby matches with the Middletons.

A source said: “The Duchess has fond memories of watching rugby games with her family as a child.”

The Duchess’ sister, Pippa Matthews, spoke about the family’s love of rugby for Vanity Fair in 2014, writing: ‘Rugby was a big thing in our family, and the focal point was the international games, which were often played on Saturday afternoons and were both social and sporting occasions.

“We plan our weekends around matches.”

She added: “If we lost, my father would be in a state of despair for the rest of the afternoon, as if he had lost the match himself.”

It has long been reported that the Duchess, considered a pair of safe hands by the Queen, would fill the void left by Harry when he was stripped of the roles in February last year.

The Duke, a keen rugby player who celebrated with England winning the Rugby League World Cup in 2003, had been RFU patron since 2016 and RFL boss since 2017, taking over the roles of his grandfather. mother.

Prince Harry visits the rugby program
Harry taking part in an RFU-supported rugby program in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 2016 (Peter Byrne/PA)

After the Megxit, he first kept the positions and wanted to keep them.

But he was later stripped of all royal patronages, as well as honorary military appointments, after talks with the Queen and senior royals as part of the 12-month review of the Sussexes’ decision to step down as members of the royal family and to move. WE.

A source at the time said Harry had “absolutely, definitely” wanted to keep the roles he had lost.

Both the RFU and RFL welcomed Kate’s appointment on Wednesday.

RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney said: “It is a great honor to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge as Patron.

“Our aim is to enrich lives, bring rugby to more people, develop the sport for future generations and create a successful and successful game across the country.

“As rugby clubs have reopened across the country, players, officials and volunteers are celebrating their return to the game together, and we know the Duchess’s support will be greatly appreciated by our grassroots clubs and the game. fast-growing women and girls. , to our elite England men’s and women’s teams.

The Royal Family at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Kate has become known for her love of sport and the promotion of spending time outdoors (John Stillwell/PA)

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the organization was “truly honoured” by the Duchess’ appointment.

“We are delighted to welcome him as we prepare to host the Men’s, Women’s, Wheelchair and Physical Disability Rugby World Cups in England this autumn.

“The history of our sport has been built on a commitment to tackling inequality and we honor that by focusing on positive social impact far beyond the pitch.

“We look forward to working with the Duchess in the years to come, and I know that all levels of our sport will welcome her into the rugby league family.”

Kate is known for her love of sport and is already Royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the Lawn Tennis Association, SportsAid and the 1851 Trust.

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