Kate Middleton: No sign of the Duchess of Cambridge on day 11 of the Olympics but Fergie and daughters hold fort


No sign of Kate on day 11 of the Olympics but Fergie and daughters Eugenie and Bea hold up the Royal fort cheering on cyclist Victoria Pendleton and Team GB

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22:31 GMT, 7 August 2012

The Duchess of York has been enjoying the benefits of the Olympic VIP lanes – thanks to Beatrice and Eugenie’s official car.

She and her daughters also managed to get some of the best seats in the house at the athletics on Monday, and were spotted at the velodrome yesterday.

At both events, the duchess was sporting a travel pass that allowed her to hitch a lift in the princesses’ official vehicle.

It has been given special permission to use London’s ‘Games Only’ lanes for the duration of the Olympics, the Mail understands.

Princess Eugenie, Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice watch the action in the Olympic Velodrome in Stratford

Princess Eugenie, Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice watch the action in the Olympic Velodrome in Stratford

Go team! Bea cheered for all her worth as she watched Victoria Pendleton today

Go team! Bea cheered for all her worth as she watched Victoria Pendleton today

Yes! The trio looked overjoyed when Victoria Pendleton took first place

Yes! The trio looked overjoyed when Victoria Pendleton took first place

According to insiders, members of the
Royal Family have been awarded so-called VVIP passes for the Games,
giving themselves – and clearly their guests – carte blanche to pick and
choose which events they want to watch.

Indeed, Monday night’s York family outing also included Beatrice’s long-term boyfriend, Dave Clark, and Jack Brooksbank, Eugenie’s current squeeze.

Despite the Duchess of Cambridge's
non-attendance at the velodrome as she was watching yesterday's sailing
event, Victoria Pendleton will be pleased to know she was still being
cheered on by Royalty as Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, along with
daughters Eugenie and Beatrice took to the stands to cheer her to gold.

The mother and daughters wore matching patriotic blue outfits. Fergie opted for a navy blue dress with a light blue and white striped shawl, Bea wore a dark blue three quarter sleeve dress with Eugenie donning a bright blue short sleeve dress with bare legs.

The trio cheered loudly as they watched the cyclists whiz around the track and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their evening at the velodrome.

Close: The mother and daughters spend a lot of time together as a trio and showed how close they were at tonight's event as they laughed and cheered together

Close: The mother and daughters spend a lot of time together as a trio and showed how close they were at tonight's event as they laughed and cheered together

Laura Trott of Great Britain celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Women's Omnium Track Cycling 500m Time Trial

Laura Trott of Great Britain celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Women's Omnium Track Cycling 500m Time Trial

Laura Trott of Great Britain celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Women's Omnium Track Cycling 500m Time Trial

Prince Harry, Peter Phillips and former Prime Minister John Major enjoy the atmosphere as they watch the Track Cycling on Day 11 of the Olympics

Prince Harry, Peter Phillips and former Prime Minister John Major enjoy the atmosphere as they watch the Track Cycling on Day 11 of the Olympics

The family burst into loud applause as Laura Trott won gold in the women's omnium.

Also
in the crowd soaking up the atmosphere was a happy looking Prince Harry
who was joined by Peter Phillips and former Prime Minister John Major
in the stands.

Hoy took his Olympic gold medal-winning tally to five – level with Sir Steve Redgrave – on Thursday with victory in the team sprint where he was cheered on by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who even shared a rare public embrace in celebration of his victory.

Pendleton, who will retire after today's competition, won her own gold on Friday and was in pursuit of a third Olympic title in today's race to become Britain's most successful female.

The 31-year-old from Stotfold in Bedfordshire has become associated with the glamour of the Olympics and after gracing a number of prestigious magazine titles, looks set to forge a successful career following her athletic retirement.

While this is the end of Pendleton and Hoy's Olympic careers, 20-year-old Trott performed four years ahead of schedule.

She wasn't due to take to the velodrome until Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but she showed her talent much sooner than expected.

With the Duchess of Cambridge taking the day off, Sarah and her daughters made sure they put in the hours and earlier today were spotted at the athletics at the Olympic
Stadium with Princess
Eugenie's boyfriend Jack Brooksbank and Princess Beatrice's beau Dave Clark.

Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie of York with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice of York with boyfriend Dave Clark attend the athletics at the Olympic Stadium during the London Olympics 2012

Princess Eugenie of York with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank attend the athletics at the Olympic Stadium during the London Olympics 2012

A family affair: Sarah Ferguson along with her daughters and their boyfriends attended the athletics this monring. Eugenie and her boyfriend Jack looked very close during the event as Fergie watched the pair

Royal support: Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie of York with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice of York with boyfriend Dave Clark at the athletics today

Royal support: Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie of York with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice of York with boyfriend Dave Clark at the athletics today