Ouch! Kate and William enthralled by Commonwealth Games
Published 28/07/2014 | 21:13
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge took in the action at the Commonwealth Games today and were visibly enthralled by the sporting action.
The Royal couple were also joined by Prince Harry as they watched the latest action from Glasgow 2014 as they joined thousands of spectators at the Hydro for the gymnastics.
The trio arrived to take their seats in the Games family section of the arena shortly before 3pm as gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men's and women's team finals, and individual qualifying rounds.
The artistic gymnastics is the first of several sessions that William, Kate and Harry are due to attend as competition on day five of the Commonwealth Games continues.
Kate, dressed in a navy blazer, dark blue jeans and wedges, sat between William and Harry as they chatted while the crowd sang and clapped along to the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) between the rotations.
Their arrival at the Hydro went almost unnoticed by the crowds until cameras showed them on the arena's big screens.
Spectators broke into applause as a close-up of the Duke and Duchess and Harry flashed up.
Among the gymnasts competing were the Welsh women's and men's teams.
Today's action also includes athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis and weightlifting.
The royal trio later walked to the nearby SECC arena where they watched the boxing action.
Spectators sitting near them turned their attention from the ring to point their cameras at the royal visitors.
But it was not until their arrival was announced and their faces were shown on the giant screens that the crowds started cheering and waving flags.
All three smiled as the announcer welcomed them to the stadium.
William sat in between Harry and Kate, who removed her blazer after arriving, as they waited for English boxer Scott Fitzgerald to enter the ring.
They watched the action intently, joining in the applause as he won his welterweight clash with Azumah Mohammed of Ghana.
William, wearing an open-necked white shirt, Kate and Harry stayed for around 45 minutes before leaving for another venue.
The royal group later visited the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, where they met members of the Australian and English teams.
Prince Harry met two Australian players who were "photo-bombed" by his grandmother last week.
Jayde Taylor was posing for a photo with team-mate Brooke Peris when the Queen appeared in the background smiling over her shoulder.
The hockey player then posted the picture on Twitter, writing: ''Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!''
Taylor said: "We asked him if he would do a selfie with us so we could add it to our collection, but he said 'I hate selfies but I will definitely do a photo with you'."
He then posed for a photo with some of the Australian and English teams.
The photo featuring the Queen swept Twitter, being retweeted thousands of times within just an hour complete with the hashtag #queenselfie.
Peris said: "It was pretty crazy how viral it has gone."
Taylor said: "We're just happy that we have put a smile on people's faces by the sound of it."
They also joined the Earl of Wessex to watch Scotland take on Wales in the women's hockey.
They took their seats at the beginning of the second half of the match, with the home nation 2-0 ahead.
Alison Bell scored the first goal nine minutes into the action and captain Linda Clement hit in a follow-up towards the end of the second half.
Kate, who played hockey as a student at St Andrews University, chatted to Edward as hundreds of spectators cheered on their teams.
The Welsh failed to score and the royals applauded as the match ended in victory for Scotland.