Put your hands up if you're loving the Paralympics! Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William join the Mexican wave in the velodrome on first day of the Games
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the 6,000-strong velodrome crowd in a Mexican WaveRoyal couple cheer as they watch gold medal hope Sarah Storey smash a Paralympic record in the individual pursuit
14:46 GMT, 30 August 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge was Team GB's number one cheerleader over the Olympic Games and judging by her enthusiasm so far, she plans to show the same support during the Paralympic Games.
Despite a late night at the spectacular Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Kate, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, looked fresh-faced as she cheered on competitors at the velodrome for the cycling event on day one of the Paralympic Games.
The two cheered as they watched British gold medal favourite Sarah Storey break a world record in the individual pursuit at the packed Stratford venue – before joining the Duchess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor in a slow motion Mexican Wave, much to the delight of the noisy 6,000-strong audience.
In contrast, the Cambridges had earlier visited the Copper Box venue to watch goalball – parts of which are played in silence.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheered as they watched British gold medal favourite Sarah Storey break a world record in the individual pursuit at the packed Stratford venue
The young Royals have been an integral part of cheering on Team GB's Olympic teams and they got into the spirit with a Mexican wave today
Prince William and Kate wore patriotic outfits with Kate opting for a red version of her husband's blue shirt as they watched the event
The Duchess of Cambridge cheered on the competitors at the velodrome and was joined by Deputy Chairman of British Rowing Annamarie Phelps, her husband Prince William and Lady Louise Windsor
At the velodrome, Kate and William were joined by the Deputy Chairman of British Rowing, Annamarie Phelps, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex as they took their seats in the stands and cheered on the cyclists.
She and William both showed their
support with patriotic outfits, Kate opted for a red Team GB polo neck,
whilst her husband went for blue. She paired the polo with a casual pair of navy jeans and wore her hair in her trademark curled look.
The couple seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the first of the events they are set to attend over the next 11 days as they studied the programmes and chatted with their fellow onlookers.
Kate displayed her close relationship with the Queen's granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor as she leaned in to talk to the young Royal during the event.
Kate, William and Harry, all of whom are official
Paralympics GB ambassadors, will watch three days of sport over the 11 days but are
expected to miss the closing ceremony.
In front of the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, Storey clocked three minutes 32.170 seconds to advance to the
gold medal ride-off of the three-kilometre event, with compatriot
Crystal Lane progressing to the race for bronze by qualifying fourth in
has won seven Paralympic titles since making her debut in Barcelona as a
swimmer in 1992 and is aiming to add to her collection in London.
It was the 34-year-old sixth Paralympic Games, and looks set to be her most successful yet.
Manchester girl Sarah was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb.
Sarah Storey of Great Britain rode to success in the Women's Individual C5 Pursuit qualification round on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome where she was cheered on by the Royals
The Royal couple, who are both ambassadors of the Paralympic Games, studied their programmes and chatted away during the event. Kate also paid particular attention to Lady Louise Windsor and leaned in for an intimate chat with the young Royal
Despite a late night at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony last night, Kate and William looked in high spirits as they laughed together in matching patriotic outfits
Prince William, Kate, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex look on on day one of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome
Paralympian cyclist Sarah Storey who was born without a left hand rode to success today. It is her sixth Paralympic Games and looks set to be her most successful yet
At the Olympics, all three were
‘parachuted’ into the most sought-after events, sometimes just minutes
before the British team or athletes won their gold medals, before moving
on to the next big event of the day.
A Palace spokesman blamed the royals’
work commitments and said that William and Kate would also be busy
preparing for their tour of the Far East and the Pacific, which departs
on Monday, September 10, the day after the closing ceremony.
While William is at work as an RAF search and rescue pilot, the Duchess will also watch swimming and athletics.
Harry will attend the swimming next Monday, before visiting Paralympics
GB House. He will be the only one of the three to visit the official
headquarters of the Paralympic Games, compared to visits by all three
during the Olympics.
Last night, Kate dazzled at the Opening Ceremony as she joined Queen
Elizabeth, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie the
Countess of Wessex and Prince William as well as David and Samantha Cameron.
looked elegant in a recycled coat dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen
featuring gold embroidery, which she teamed with her favourite nude 185
LK Bennett heels and a sparkling clutch.
The Duchess has worn the dress on at
least two previous occasions, including Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall's
wedding last year and also in 2006 at the nuptials of Laura Parker
Bowles at St Cyriac's Church in Lacock, Wiltshire.
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