Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has finally met with SportsAid again after 19 months. Kate came out to their 40th anniversary dinner which was held today, June 9, in the State Rooms at Kensington Palace. Kate even gave a speech – her second of the year.
SportsAid funds young athletes age 12-18 as they challenge themselves to become the next generation of Olympians, Paralympians, and world champions. Former SportsAid athletes include: Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins, and Tom Daley.
Kate became Patron of SportsAid in April 2013. Given Kate’s love of sport, one would think that Kate would be gung-ho about supporting SportsAid, but after two visits to them in 2013 and two visits to them in 2014 it took Kate 19 full months before she finally visited with them again. She did attend ICAP’s Charity Day in 2015, the funds of which partially went to SportsAid, and she sent SportsAid a letter in April. But she hasn’t actually visited with them since 2014.
And yes, I’m calling Kate out on this. She has so few patronages that she should be able to visit each one in person at least once a year (if not more). And given how comfortable she is when doing sports related events, and how uncomfortable she seems when visiting with kids, I just don’t understand why she doesn’t support SportsAid more.
Anyway, back to today’s visit. Kate gave a speech at the dinner:
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is an absolute pleasure to be here with you to celebrate SportsAid’s 40th anniversary.
“Some of you may know that I love sport. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about. I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team.
“I suspect many of you in this room may feel the same. The brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole. By investing in young sporting talent, they ensure that there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes. These athletes then serve as motivators to everyone in the UK to get involved, get active, and embrace the power of sport to make us happier and healthier.
“With little over 50 days to go until the Games begin in Rio; the next Olympiad is almost here. As we did in London in 2012, we will see a new generation of sporting stars emerge into the spotlight. We cannot wait to meet the next SportsAid champions – the next Chris Hoys and Katherine Graingers who will remind us all of the magic and the power of sport.
“So thank you all for supporting the incredible work of SportsAid. I am immensely proud to be their Patron and I can’t wait to cheer on our team competing in Rio. I do hope you enjoy tonight’s very special occasion. Thank you.”
Then why don’t you support SportsAid more!? Anyway, I’ll give Kate props for actually giving a speech because I didn’t think she would give one. Plus the speech is longer and has more information than some of her previous ones. It’s not as long as the Place2Be one last fall, but that was a different kind of event; this event didn’t require that long of a speech. So, yay speech. Keep doing these, Kate.
Here is a video of Kate’s speech in full. The near constant twitching her head to the side was distracting; not sure why she was doing that instead of just looking up ahead of her. I went back and listened to her Place2Be speech from last fall and I do think she sounded more confident here than she did then, though only slightly. I think the biggest problem Kate has is that she breathes at odd places in her sentences. I think she needs to go through the speech before giving it and mark where to breathe, so that her speech flows more naturally and there aren’t those odd pauses to breathe in the middle of a sentence.
Upon arrival at the event, Kate met with current and former SportsAid athletes, young athletes hoping to compete in the Rio Olympics, SportsAid ambassadors, and key supporters of the charity.
One of the athletes Kate met was Tanni-Grey Thompson. Thompson said of Kate:
“It’s fantastic having the Duchess as patron. What’s amazing about her is that at events such as the Copper Box she’s always the first to throw off her shoes and get stuck in as she’s so fit and plays so much sport. She knows how important sport is and how it helps.”
Um… no. At that event at Copper Box, Kate played volleyball in her giant Wedges of Doom.
For today’s event, Kate wore a new Roland Mouret “Nansen” gown in royal blue (originally $3,710, currently reduced to $2,225).
Kate paired the dress with black accessories: her Gianvito Rossi crisscross sandals which debuted during the India tour, and her Prada clutch with stone embellishment.
Kate debuted a new pair of earrings: Cartier Diamond Tricolor Gold Trinity Hoop Earrings ($49,000).
These earring have a very similar style to the Cartier Trinity Necklace that Kate last wore in New York. Kate first wore the necklace to a function ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. It’s possible that the necklace and earrings were given to Kate as part of a set, but that’s not confirmed.
I think Kate looks stunning here. This is proof, to me, that Kate can do her fave blue/black/hair down combinatin and still make it look great by choosing the right dress. Granted, I typically like Mouret’s designs in general, especially the sleeker ones, so this dress is right up my alley. I think it looks great on Kate – the color and silhouette are fantastic.