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Just three short months after giving birth to Prince George, Kate Middleton made her first post-baby solo appearance at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to participate in a SportsAid athlete workshop for charity. The Duchess looked stylish and fit while playing volleyball, displaying her signature fashion sense and a surprisingly flat stomach.
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SportsAid is a charity that launches the athletic careers of up and coming British athletes, including both able-bodied and disabled individuals. Established in 1976, the foundation has offered support and financial assistance to many talented athletes, including two-thirds of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Medal-winning paralympian Ade Adepitan said of Middleton, "[The Duchess] was very keen to learn more about the difference SportsAid meant to these young players and asked whether we had any more players coming through as a result of last year's games. I told her we had more than ever before. It's been remarkable."
Of course, you're wondering, what did the Duchess wear? According to Us Weekly Middleton wore a striped Ralph Lauren top, a navy-blue military blazer by Smythe, cropped J Brand jeggings, and heeled wedges by Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley. Although she looked absolutely fabulous, her choice of footwear may not have been the best. As a result, Middleton had to decline participation in several sports, much to the disappointment of the athletes. "She wanted to give it a go but said she would bring better footwear next time. She said it would be hard to fence in those shoes," said Junior European judo medalist Nekoda Davis, 20, from Ealing, West London. Conversely, other athletes who did manage to get Kate into the games were incredibly excited. Grace Lazard, a 16-year-old promising volleyball player said to Express, "She did really well and picked up the sport really quickly. I just feel really privileged and honored to have played with her."
According to Daily Mail, SportsAid’s chief executive, Tim Lawler, said of Middleton's visit as she left: ‘The thing that has really struck me is how keen she was to see what we did in action. We are a charity about people, not great buildings. Every penny we raise goes to the kind of people you see here. We always tell our young people that they are beautiful and inspirational and now we can say that about our patron too. She was very bright, very switched on and asked all the right questions. But more than that, she was very thoughtful and listened well, her listening skills were excellent. This is the first time we have been able to put her patronage into action and we are very excited about the future."