You Need to See These Photos of Kate Middleton Playing Rugby

Just because Kate Middleton married into the royal family doesn’t mean she can’t engage in some friendly competition from time to time.

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, paid a visit to Twickenham Stadium, where she participated in a basic training session with England’s rugby team. After meeting the coaches and players, Middleton showed off her athleticism by joining their practice. The royal was seen throwing, catching and running with the ball alongside a group of players, who seemed impressed by her skills.

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At one point, they lifted Middleton in the air as she held the football over her head.

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During the outing, Middleton wore a comfortable outfit, featuring leggings, sneakers and—of course—an England rugby shirt. She even switched up her signature hairstyle and styled her locks in an effortless ponytail.

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The visit shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, mainly because Middleton was recently named Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union. To celebrate the news, the duchess shared a video on the joint Instagram account she shares with her husband, Prince William, featuring herself tossing around a rugby ball.

The caption read, “I am so thrilled to become Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union—two fantastic organizations who are committed to harnessing the power that sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals flourish. I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games, and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports!”

Leave it to Middleton to make rugby look chic.

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