Best foot forward . . . Kate shows she's game for a laugh
In her wedge heels and high-street dress, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton looked better dressed for a Royal Garden Party than a day of sport.
But yesterday, on the eve of the opening ceremony, she demonstrated both her Olympic spirit and sporting prowess as she joined teenagers at a school in South-East London.
Ms Middleton tried her hand at table-tennis, judo and football with her husband, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry.
Her opponents at Bacon's College in Rotherhithe were impressed. She managed to win two points against Hiba Feredj, the current girls under-13 champion, who said: "I never thought she would be that good."
She also displayed a deft touch on the football pitch. Her skills even appeared to outmatch those of her husband, who was just as enthusiastic.
After managing to miss two shots at goal, he opted to blame his loafers. "Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight," he said.
He said his performance was better than his brother's on a recent visit to Jamaica, when he won a race against Usain Bolt after giving himself a head start.
"It is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet," he said.
The teenagers proved far from shy, with one of them asking: "Are you two brothers?" Prince Harry replied in jest: "We're not sure."
Prince Harry, wearing casual black trousers, an open-collared white shirt and loafers, was also persuaded to join in the fun, although he seemed to have markedly little confidence in his own basketball abilities.
"You think I should play with you? Dressed like this?" he asked watching teenagers.
He went on to miss four shots in a row.