Princess Charlotte steals the show at Commonwealth Games with Prince William and Kate Middleton
Princess Charlotte couldn't stop beaming as she watched the Commonwealth Games with her parents on Tuesday, August 2. Charlotte, 7, accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Birmingham's Sandwell Aquatics Center to watch the swimming competition.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present at the event, along with their children Lady Louise and James. Prior to the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Edward, the vice patron of the Commonwealth Games, conversed with Theresa May when he visited the Sandwell Aquatics Centre during the men's 1,500m freestyle heats.
Princess Charlotte was dressed neatly in striped attire with her hair pulled back in pigtails. Kate, on the other hand, donned a white blazer and slacks and greeted Sophie and her children before taking a seat next to Charlotte. Charlotte watched the competition keenly as the duchess explained the game rules to her daughter. At some point, the 7-year-old princess was also spotted sticking her tongue out and raising her eyebrows as she watches the game in amusement.
Luke Turley, who is competing in the 1,500-meter freestyle for England, received support from the audience and the royals. Turley won the second heat in 15:35.65, placing Daniel Wiffin of Northern Ireland in second place just under two seconds later, and both of them qualified for the final.
In the later half of the day, the duke and duchess attended the hockey match between the women's team of England and India at the University of Birmingham's Selly Oak campus. The team went on to win 3-1, giving them a perfect record in their first three games.
Later, the family was spotted at the Arena Birmingham, where artistic gymnastics was being held, and where England's Jake Jarman had just won his fourth gold medal, making him the most successful male gymnast from his country at a single Games. Charlotte identified gymnastics as her favorite sport while visiting Birmingham University's SportsAid, an organization for which the Duchess serves as patron. She also attended a workshop on nutrition.
Charlotte has had a very active week, as she and Prince William cheered on the England Lionesses ahead of Sunday's Euro final. Charlotte is presently enjoying her summer break from her £19k-per-year Thomas' Battersea school. The family, reportedly getting ready to move into a home on the Queen's Windsor estate, may also have a hectic summer. Until now, it had been assumed that the family would choose the recently renovated Adelaide Cottage as their first choice when relocating from London to Berkshire.