Kensington Palace released a video message yesterday which features Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry talking about the 2012 London Olympics over footage from those Games and giving their support for Team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The video (below) has captions, but in case you can’t watch the video, the royal trio say:
William: “London 2012 saw this country come alive with a passion for sport. It saw people of all ages, and from all walks of life, join together to support Team GB.”
Harry: “Each member of Team GB will have a unique journey, but they all share the same aim – to deliver the best performance they possibly can.”
Kate: “London 2012 showcased the best of British sport, and we are so excited to see what can be achieved in Rio.”
Harry: “Our athletes are an inspiration to us all and need the whole country to get behind them and cheer them on as they take to the world stage.”
William: “We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world and we cannot wait to cheer on our athletes together this time around in Rio.”
Kate: “We cannot wait to watch everyone compete. Good luck.”
Harry: “Let’s top 2012. Bring on the Great.”
The video has been released ahead of the Olympics Opening Ceremony tonight. If you’re in the USA, you can watch the Opening Ceremony on NBC at 7:30 PM ET. Here is the schedule of events during the two week Games. And here is the US programming schedule.
The Flag Bearer in the Parade of Nations for Great Britain is Andy Murray (Tennis), for USA is Michael Phelps (Swimming), for Australia is Anna Meares (Cycling), and for New Zealand is Peter Burling (Sailing).
I’m actually a huge Summer Olympics fan, and end up watching sports that I never care about usually. Actually, I never care about sports usually at all, so the Summer Olympics is the one time I watch sports.
There is a quote from a Kensington Palace spokeswoman about William, Kate, and Harry’s decision not to go to Rio in the Express article on this video which I find quite amusing and telling.
Previously, a “source” claimed the royal trio decided not to go after taking “the best advice” because “it’s well known that [Kate] would like to have a third child and so she just couldn’t take the risk”. However, now the KP spokeswoman is saying Zika played no part in their decision to skip Rio:
“They look at the possibility of doing all sorts of things and then don’t do them for various reasons. In this case, the Zika virus played no part in their decision.”
Did anyone else chuckle at “They look at the possibility of doing all sorts of things and then don’t do them for various reasons”? I’m sure William, Kate, and Harry get asked to do lots of random stuff and they have legit reasons not to do them, but that sentence makes them seem so lazy to me since they do so little. Like, they could fill up their diaries with all sorts of things, but choose not to because “reasons”.
PS. It looks like William and Kate filmed their segments of the video while in Portsmouth on July 24 – they are wearing the same shirts they wore on that day. Harry’s part looks to have been filmed at KP.
Photos: video screengrab