Royal sports: Charles, Harry bring it on; Kate’s jeans win style points

March 26, 2012 | By Chris Jackson | News

It seems appropriate that with the London 2012 Olympics looming imminently, the Royals should take this opportunity to spend much of March warming up with some sporting activities of their own.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets the British hockey team at the Riverside Arena during a visit to the Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she plays hockey with British hockey team members at the Riverside Arena during a visit to the Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hits a shot as she plays hockey with British hockey team members at the Riverside Arena during a visit to the Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

Recently, I photographed the Duchess of Cambridge training with the British Olympic Hockey team in a pair of skin tight coral jeans – Something that was always going to garner some serious media attention.

Her nerves were evident as she arrived — despite playing while at school, it has been a while since she picked up a hockey stick and the thought of shooting for goal was obviously pretty daunting for the young Duchess. However, after some friendly banter with the ladies team, it seemed her nerves evaporated. As she shot for goal I had to keep one eye over the top of my camera to avoid being hit!

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Prince Harry races Usain Bolt at the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies on March 6, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica. Prince Harry is in Jamaica as part of a Diamond Jubilee Tour, representing Queen Elizabeth II, taking in Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Also, during his Diamond Jubilee tour, Prince Harry triumphed against the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, in Jamaica. His jubilation was evident, but much was made of the fact that it wasn’t an entirely fair race as Harry cheekily sprinted off when Usain wasn’t looking.

I am currently with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles in Sweden who are visting Norway, Sweden and Demark as part of their own Diamond Jubilee Spring Tour. Keen not to be outdone by the younger (and maybe slightly more agile!) members of the Royal family Prince Charles decided to partake in some ball games of his own during a visit to the Fryshuset Youth Centre in Stockholm.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales plays basketball as he visits Fryshuset Youth Centre on March 22, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are on a Diamond Jubilee tour of Scandinavia that takes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The seasoned Royal laughed as he was offered a basketball by one of the members of the youth team and whilst we didn’t get a royal slamdunk, the Prince was in hysterics as he tossed the ball in the vague direction of the net. After three attempts he still hadn’t scored, and he decided it was time to hand the ball over to the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who, as a former basketball player himself, scored on the first try!

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales plays basketball as he visits Fryshuset Youth Centre on March 22, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are on a Diamond Jubilee tour of Scandinavia that takes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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