Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge takes Lupo the dog to watch William and Harry play polo at Ascot


Athletic Kate cuts a dash in her heels: Duchess tries to run in her towering wedges as she takes Lupo the dog to watch William and Harry play polo at Ascot

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09:22 GMT, 14 May 2012

With her husband locked in battle on horseback, he should have been the one drawing plaudits for his sporting prowess.

But the Duchess of Cambridge once again stole the show as she displayed her athletic legs while attending a charity polo match in Berkshire yesterday.

The fitness fanatic teamed a sea-green frock with towering wedges that made her legs look even longer and more defined than usual.

But Kate isn’t the type of girl to let her shoes hold her back. When she wanted to catch up with William the sporty Duchess simply broke into a run and soon was striding by his side.

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Kate opted for a breezy silk shift as she watched her husband play in a charity match in Windsor yesterday

Kate opted for a breezy silk shift as she watched her husband play in a charity match in Windsor yesterday

Toned: Kate shows off her muscly legs as she walks with William

Muscly: The Duchess of Cambridge's legs looked well toned

Toned: The Duchess's calves looked particularly muscly as she walked across the Ascot Park ahead of the Princes polo match

Getting ready: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk a walk with Lupo and Prince Harry at Coworth Park in Windsor

Getting ready: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk a walk with Lupo and Prince Harry at Coworth Park in Windsor

She had brought the couple’s dog, Lupo, along to watch the action at Coworth Park, near Ascot.

Kate was seen dashing across the grassy
grounds struggling to keep to maintain her modesty as the
290.00 dress billowed in the breeze.

The scenes were reminiscent of the
30-year-old's 'Marilyn Monroe Moment' last year during her Canada tour
while wearing a flowing yellow Jenny Packham number.

The buttoned-up teal petal print shift, currently reduced to 199, came from Hampshire-based label Libelula.

Ahead of the royal
wedding, Libelula designer Sophie Cranston was rumoured to be Kate's
dress designer of choice, although Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
won the final commission.

Cranston's fashions
have proved popular with a number of celebrities, including Emma
Watson, Tamara Eccleston, and Jerry Hall, with her signature vibrant
prints and timeless shapes.

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared relaxed as she enjoyed her day out with the couple's dog

The buttoned-up teal petal print shift Kate wore was from Hampshire-based label Libelula

The 290 shift, currently reduced to 199, proved a little impractical as the winds picked up during the afternoon

Talking tactics: The Duchess of Cambridge trailed behind as Prince Harry and William were deep in conversation with their polo opponent during the charity fundraising Audi Polo Challenge match at Coworth Park

Talking tactics: The Duchess of Cambridge trailed behind as Prince Harry and William were deep in conversation with their polo opponent during the charity fundraising Audi Polo Challenge match at Coworth Park

Stroll: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a wallk around the picturesque grounds at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot where the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match was held

Stroll: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a wallk around the picturesque grounds at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot where the Audi Polo Challenge charity polo match was held

The
Duchess spent the day watching the Duke of Cambridge and his brother
Prince Harry, who were participating in a charity polo match.

The young Royals showed their competitive streak as they teamed up for a series of matches held at the Ascot grounds.

The
pair, known as skilful horsemen, both played on the Audi Quattro team
which narrowly beat Audi Ultra, during the annual event held at Cowarth
Park Polo Club in Ascot.

More than 200 special guests were invited, including actors Russell Crowe, Gemma Arterton and Tom Hardy, among them.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Audi Polo Challenge, which has raised more than 1.4 million in the last decade.

Funds from this year’s events are
being used to support Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale which helps
orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho.

But it wasn’t all competitive during the two day charity event.

Limbering up: Prince William and Prince Harry prepare to play in the Audi Challenge Cup held Cowarth Park Polo Club, Sunninghill, Windsor, Berkshire

Limbering up: Prince William and Prince Harry prepare to play in the Audi Challenge Cup held Cowarth Park Polo Club, Sunninghill, Windsor, Berkshire

Determined: The young Royals are well known for their love of the exclusive sport of polo

Determined: The young Royals are well known for their love of the exclusive sport of polo

In the action: Prince William keeps his eye on the ball during the charity polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club

In the action: Prince William keeps his eye on the ball during the charity polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club

Harry and William were joined by the Duchess as well as her young cocker spaniel puppy Lupo.

The lively gun dog managed to upstage most of the guests and became the centre of attention.

Last year's event was held in aid of
three charities which William is patron of – English Schools‘ Swimming
Association, SkillForce, and Mountain Rescue England & Wales.

Sunday's festivities were the end to a busy week for the Duke and Duchess.

On Friday, Kate entranced onlookers when she arrived at an Olympics black
tie event wearing her hair up and dressed in a gem-encrusted Jenny
Packham gown and Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ sandals, while on Saturday the couple attended a special Olympics Concert
held at the Royal Albert in London.

Enjoying the game: Prince Harry and Prince William get into the spirit of things

Enjoying the game: Prince Harry and Prince William get into the spirit of things

Centre of attention: Lively Lupo the black cocker spaniel looked heen to bound off as Prince William and Prince Harry took some time away from the polo pitch today

Centre of attention: Lively Lupo the black cocker spaniel looked heen to bound off as Prince William and Prince Harry took some time away from the polo pitch today

Prince and the puppy: Prince Harry found time between polo matches to play with Lupo during the annual Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire today

Prince and the puppy: Prince Harry found time between polo matches to play with Lupo during the annual Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire today

On a leash: Energetic Lupo was kept on a short lead as Prince William took the six month old cocker spaniel around Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

On a leash: Energetic Lupo was kept on a short lead as Prince William took the six month old cocker spaniel around Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

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