Monday, May 14, 2012

Athletic Kate cuts a dash in her heels: Duchess tries to run in her towering wedges as she takes Lupo the dog to watch William and Harry play polo at

By Tom Gardner and Sadie Whitelocks

Kate opted for a breezy silk shift as she watched her husband play in a charity match in Windsor today

As the sun came out today the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a light silk shift to watch her husband on the polo field.

Teamed with a pair of towering open-toe wedges the ensemble proved a little impractical as the winds began to pick up.

Kate was seen dashing across the grassy grounds in Ascot struggling to keep to maintain her modesty as the £290.00 dress billowed in the breeze.

Toned: The Duchess's calves looked particularly muscly as she walked across the Ascot Park ahead of the Princes polo match

Getting ready: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk a walk with Lupo and Prince Harry at Coworth Park in Windsor

The scenes were reminiscent of the 30-year-old's 'Marilyn Monroe Moment' last year during her Canada tour while wearing a flowing yellow Jenny Packham number.

The buttoned-up teal petal print shift, currently reduced to £199, came from Hampshire-based label Libelula.

It was the Duchess's athletic legs which really stole the show, however, as the nude wedges made them look even longer and more defined than usual.

Ahead of the royal wedding, Libelula designer Sophie Cranston was rumoured to be Kate's dress designer of choice, although Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen won the final commission.

Cranston's fashions have proved popular with a number of celebrities, including Emma Watson, Tamara Eccleston, and Jerry Hall, with her signature vibrant prints and timeless shapes.

The Duchess spent the day watching the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry, who were participating in a charity polo match.

The £290 shift, currently reduced to £199, proved a little impractical as the winds picked up during the afternoon

Talking tactics: The Duchess of Cambridge trailed behind as Prince Harry and William were deep in conversation with their polo opponent during the charity fundraising Audi Polo Challenge match at Coworth Park

Stroll: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a wallk around the picturesque grounds at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot where the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match was held

The young Royals showed their competitive streak as they teamed up for a series of matches held at the Ascot grounds.

The pair, known as skilful horsemen, both played on the Audi Quattro team which narrowly beat Audi Ultra, during the annual event held at Cowarth Park Polo Club in Ascot.

More than 200 special guests were invited, including actors Russell Crowe, Gemma Arterton and Tom Hardy, among them.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Audi Polo Challenge, which has raised more than £1.4 million in the last decade.

Funds from this year’s events are being used to support Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale which helps orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho.

Limbering up: Prince William and Prince Harry prepare to play in the Audi Challenge Cup held Cowarth Park Polo Club, Sunninghill, Windsor, Berkshire today

Determined: The young Royals are well known for their love of the exclusive sport of polo

In the action: Prince William duting the charity polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club

But it wasn’t all competitive during the two day charity event.

Harry and William were joined by the Duchess as well as her young cocker spaniel puppy Lupo.

The lively gun dog managed to upstage most of the guests and became the centre of attention.

Last year's event was held in aid of three charities which William is patron of - English Schools‘ Swimming Association, SkillForce, and Mountain Rescue England & Wales.

Sunday's festivities were the end to a busy week for the Duke and Duchess.

On Friday, Kate entranced onlookers when she arrived at an Olympics black tie event wearing her hair up and dressed in a gem-encrusted Jenny Packham gown and Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ sandals, while on Saturday the couple attended a special Olympics Concert held at the Royal Albert in London.

Enjoying the game: Prince Harry and Prince William get into the spirit of things

Centre of attention: Lively Lupo the black cocker spaniel looked heen to bound off as Prince William and Prince Harry took some time away from the polo pitch today

On a leash: Energetic Lupo was kept on a short lead as Prince William took the six month old cocker spaniel around Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire



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