Kate Middleton Participated in a Game of Wheelchair Rugby to Celebrate Inclusivity in Sports

Put her in, coach

Kate Middleton.
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As patron of the Rugby Football Union, Kate Middleton, 41, pulled a surprise move this weekend, when she participated in a game of wheelchair rugby at the Hull FC Centre of Excellence to celebrate inclusivity in the sport.

The moment was posted to the official Instagram page that the Princess of Wales shares with her husband, Prince William, 41.

“Celebrating the power of inclusivity within Rugby League,” the caption read. “Great to learn more about @hullfcofficial Centre of Excellence at @universityofhull, which provides students with a combination of coaching and education to help them progress into professional sport.”

In the clip, Princess Catherine shows off her athletic prowess, as she serves a ball from a wheelchair and also runs around playing with other teams. According to Hull FC, they are the home to teams across as many as thirteen formats of the game.

Princess Catherine was officially named Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union in February 2022, taking over the role from her brother-in-law, Prince Harry. The patronage was passed on after the Duke of Sussex and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down from their senior royal positions in 2020.

To celebrate the new titles, the Princess of Wales posted a video announcement, which featured clips of her passing a rugby ball, spliced together with clips of other rugby players doing the same.

Then, the princess paid a visit to Twickenham Stadium that month, where she participated in a basic training session with England’s rugby team (and showed off her sportiness as well).

Kate Middleton.
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You never cease to impress us, Kate.

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