Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry official ambassadors to Olympics
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will promote Britain's athletes in the run-up to and during the London 2012 Games as official ambassadors, St James's Palace announced today.
William, Kate and Harry said they were "honoured" to become ambassadors for Team GB and ParalympicsGB, and will play an active role encouraging the public to support the sportsmen and women.
In the run-up to the Games next year they will visit Olympic venues and visit athletes' training camps. They will also attend the Olympics in July and the Paralympics a month later, and are expected to carry out other engagements encouraging children to take part in sport.
A spokesman for St James's Palace said the Olympic programme for the three young members of the Royal family had not yet been decided, but it would be likely to focus on "helping young people reach their full potential".
One of the venues the trio might visit is the Team GB Preparation Camp in Loughborough, Leics., where athletes will spend much of their time in the weeks before the Games.
They began their ambassadorial role with a message of support for the Team GB Ambition Programme, announced today, which offers aspiring athletes and coaches a first-hand understanding of the Olympic environment during the Games.
The Duke said: "Catherine, Harry and I are honoured to be ambassadors for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
"London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people - particularly the young - to be the best they can be.
"We are hugely looking forward to this incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer's Games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence.
"The athletes and coaches taking part in the Team GB Ambition Programme are part of that future success - potential medal-winners and sources of inspiration to come.
"We hope they enjoy the experience of London 2012 to the full, and learn from it how to become successful British Olympians of the future."
Earlier this year the British Olympic Association announced the appointment of 27 other ambassadors, drawn from the ranks of the country's sporting legends.
Such famous names as Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis, Tim Henman and Colin Jackson will work alongside the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry in promoting Team GB next year.