Prince Harry (in full Ginger Bearded glory), Prince William, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge attended the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and opening match between England and Fiji this evening at Twickenham Stadium in London.
As Honorary President of England 2015 and Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union, Harry gave a speech during the opening ceremony:
“Welcome to Twickenham, to England 2015 and to the 8th Rugby World Cup. This evening marks the beginning of a celebration of rugby which I hope will inspire current players, those new to the game and future generations. […] To all the players, we congratulate you and wish you well for the tournament. Your individual skill is to be celebrated, but I can think of no other sport where the success of the team is shouldered so equally by everyone. […] Across the country, regardless of age, background or beliefs; this nation, which gave rugby to the world in 1823, will join together and celebrate the game like never before. In six weeks’ time, one team will take its place in history. It’s up to every one of us, to raise the roof on each match in this unforgettable journey. The players have earned it, the Nations deserve it and the fans expect it. We’re ready…… Game on!”
In a similar move to The Queen‘s appearance with James Bond (Daniel Craig‘s Bond to be specific), Harry made a cameo in a video that played as part of the opening ceremony. Harry played a gardener next to England player Johnny Wilkinson in a scene dramatizing the moment William Webb Ellis is said to have picked up the ball at Rugby School in Warwickshire in 1823, run towards the posts, and turned a football match into what we now call rugby. The video is at the end of the post.
William and Kate watched from the stands as Harry gave his speech.
OMG jewel tones! Kate wore this new Reiss coat – the “Emile Sharply Tailored Coat” in blue passion. The coat is sold out in Kate’s color, but is still on sale in pale pink on the Reiss website. The pink version was originally priced at $525 but is currently on sale for $370.
Kate wore her Mappin and Webb “Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings”, and carried a scarf from Beulah London. The scarf is the “Shibani Blue Heart Scarf” (£85) which is part of the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign with 10% of the sales of the scarf go to that cause. I’ve mentioned my dislike of the “10%” donation thing before in regards to the poppies from last year. Out of the £85 you’re spending, only £8.5 goes toward the cause. Does it really cost over £70 to make a scarf? Ugh, whatever. Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman “Power” black suede pumps and carried the Weitzman “Muse” clutch in black suede (as opposed to her blue suede one).
I saw there were some early comments from a few of you about this outfit saying that it was very boring. But, um, not going to lie… I love this outfit. The color is beautiful on Kate, I like the black accents, and I’m okay with her hair being down for this event. I actually think Kate looks good here. This is probably one of the better looks I’ve seen from Kate in a while. Also, the bangs don’t look terrible here. Is it “boring”? Maybe. But I think it looks rather sleek and nice. Overall, I’d say this is a fashion win for me.
Following the opening ceremony, England played Fiji and won with 35-11. The Royal Trinity stayed and watched the game. I love the faces they make when watching sports; so funny.
Last night, after Kate made her return to royal duties at the Anna Freud Centre, both Harry and William were out and about.
Harry was at the Rugby World Cup welcome reception, where he gave a speech. And William was at the Tusk Trust 25th anniversary ball, where he gave a speech and hung out with Joss Stone.
Here is the intro video in which Harry plays a gardener. His part starts at 2:15.
Links: Express. Daily Mail.
Photos: Screengrab from live feed / screengrab from YouTube video / Getty / Reiss / Beulah London / Mappin and Webb