The tennis champ has received his OBE at Buckingham Palace, as Prince William carries out his first investiture.
On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge took on the grand ceremonial role of bestowing knighthoods for the first time, stepping in for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to carry out one of 25 investitures that take place at Buckingham Palace each year. It is a sign of the future king's increasingly formal role in the work of the family after ending his military service in September.
Dressed in his ceremonial RAF uniform, William entered the grand Ballroom attended by two Gurkha Orderly officers. Already awaiting them on the dais were five members of the Yeoman of the Guard, one of the oldest royal military corps in the world, dating back to 1485.
Prince William (left) with tennis star Andy Murray
The most notable recipient was tennis champion Andy Murray, who was at the palace to receive his medal. As Murray stepped forward, William, an avid sports fan, smiled, and the pair spoke animatedly for a minute.
"He asked me about my recent back surgery, which I had a few weeks ago, and how I was feeling after Wimbledon," Murray said after the ceremony. "I teased him a bit as he had sent me a note before Wimbledon wishing me luck, and his wife had written me a letter afterwards. Her handwriting was beautiful, and I told him how fantastic it was compared to his." Added Murray of the prince, "He seemed very relaxed today."
Duchess Kate, who once played field hockey in high-heeled boots, Friday took to a volleyball court in platform wedges in the cause of charity.
The Duchess of Cambridge is back on form, turning up for a sports charity event in her first solo engagement since the birth of Prince George in July. As a patron of sports as one of her charity areas, she attended a SportsAid Athlete Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It’s her first visit to a SportsAid event as its royal patron.
The Duchess's Russell & Bromley wedges may have hindered her game however as one bystander claimed she missed a 'sitter'
Casually dressed in skinny jeans, a blue and white striped top, navy blazer and wedges, the stylish new mum threw herself into the day's activities. Without hesitation, she joined in a game of volleyball, impressing onlookers with her on-court skills. Kate, 31, also unwittingly gave a glimpse of her flat and toned stomach as she got caught up in the action, giving a quick flash of her midriff just three months after giving birth.
Since SportsAid was established in 1976, the charity has helped many of the UK's most successful sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the national team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by giving them cash awards during the defining early years of their careers. Kate is a keen ambassador of sport, and enthusiastically cheered on the nation's men and women during London 2012 in her role as official ambassador for Team GB and Paralympians GB.
Prince Harry has been showing off his sporty side once again, this time playing rugby with kids at Twickenham Stadium.
After meeting several notable guests, including England international player Jason Robinson, the prince joined in a training session put on by the Rugby Football Union, of which the prince is a patron. Wearing a white rugby top, Harry took to the pitch with school children who were taking part in the RFU's All Schools Programme. Later on, the prince took part in a kit-designing workshop, where he signed one of the strips.
Looking every inch the sporting professional, Harry wore a white polo shirt and black tracksuit bottoms as he threw himself into the game. The charming royal entered into the competitive spirit as he joked around and jostled the ball from Jason, while cheering on the eager students. "It's just fantastic to see him out here with the kids," said Jason. "He's dripping with sweat. He's put everything into this, because he is passionate about the game."
If we hosted an event called "British Champion's Day," it'd probably involve some sort of style awards. While the actual event involves horse racing at the Royal Ascot, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice repped the fashion set in fine form for Saturday's festivities.
The queen checked out the races in a checked blush jacket and coordinating hat while her granddaughter looked sophisticated in a navy coat and matching jeweled topper. Unfortunately, Beatrice's sister and frequent Ascot attendee Eugenie was absent (she's recently been spotted stateside at a new job).
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Prince George will receive a giant card from more than 5,000 Christian well-wishers assuring him of their prayers before his christening on Wednesday. The huge card will be delivered to St James's Palace by Peter Kerridge, chief executive of Premier Christian Radio.
5,000 people have signed a giant christening card for Prince George.
Addressed to George and praying for "God's richest blessing on your christening day", the card has attracted more than 5,000 email signatures so far. Mr Kerridge said: "As William and Kate make promises to bring Prince George up in the love of Jesus Christ, we know that Christians all over the country would want to send their blessings to the Royal Family on this special occasion."