Will, Kate, Harry surprise athletes in visit
Posted July 31, 2012
No snooty French berets for Prince William -- just a bright orange baseball cap -- when he and wife Duchess Kate and brother Prince Harry stopped by the living quarters for athletes at Olympic Park in London's East End on Tuesday afternoon, according to media reports.
The three Olympic ambassadors were all smiles, and no wonder: They had just watched cousin Zara Phillips and her beautiful bay, High Kingdom, take silver with the British equestrian team in the morning as tens of thousands of spectators roared and applauded in the Greenwich Park stadium. The scene of high emotion came complete with a ceremony featuring aunt Princess Anne, a former Olympic equestrian herself, presenting the medals to the winners, and embracing her champion daughter with hugs and kisses.
So it was high spirits all around when Will and Harry and the former Kate Middleton arrived for a surprise visit to the athletes' village at Olympic Park to tour the facilities and meet with members of Team GB and the Australian team. Athletes cheered from balconies as the young royals went by in a crowd of onlookers.
William had donned an orange baseball cap to match the lanyard for his credential hanging from his neck. Kate had tied a red, white and blue Team GB scarf around her neck, and Harry made her laugh out loud playing with a stuffed yellow kangaroo with orange boxing gloves that one of the Aussies had given them.
Everyone was snapping phone pictures and tweeting up a storm. The Associated Press reported that William and Harry, both wearing white Olympics shirts, toured the quarters for the women's handball players. Harry joked that his brother didn't know the rules, but William said he'd been reading up on the sport.
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