On Sunday, England’s national rugby team clinched their spot in the World Cup semifinals, and Kate Middleton was on hand to celebrate at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. The princess wore a off-white blazer from Zara and was photographed laughing and cheering as England prevailed over Fiji. Afterward, she joined the team’s players in the locker room to congratulate them, and the social media account she shares with Prince William posted a message of congratulations.
As the patron of England Rugby Football Union, Kate sat in the presidential box during the match, next to Sir Bill Beaumont, the chairperson of World Rugby. “We’re really excited to be here,” she told reporters afterward, per The Mirror. “Shame we can’t be here longer.”
Meanwhile, fellow royals Zara and Mike Tindall were watching from the bleachers nearby, along with fellow former England Rugby players James Haskell and Alex Payne. On the Instagram account for The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby, the podcast Mike hosts with Haskell and Payne, they shared a video that shows Zara singing along to “Sweet Caroline”
Kate’s appearance came one day after William, who is the patron of the Wales Rugby Football Union, and the couple’s oldest son, Prince George, also took a trip to the stadium. They were in the stands as Wales lost to Argentina and missed their own chance at the semifinals. Following the loss, William sent a personal message of condolence to the team, which was also translated into the Welsh language.