Kate Middleton attended the Rugby World Cup match between England and Argentina in Marseilles, France on Saturday. As the patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League, Middleton watched from the stands as England emerged victorious with a final score of 27-10. She was seen chatting and laughing with World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont before the game. After England’s win, Middleton visited the team in their locker room, where she congratulated the players.
Middleton’s patronage of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League came after Queen Elizabeth redistributed the patronages of the organizations to her in February 2022. Meanwhile, her husband, Prince William, who has been patron of the Welsh Rugby Union since 2016, will also be traveling to France for a Rugby World Cup match.
The official Instagram page for the Prince and Princess of Wales shared a clip from a recent appearance by Middleton and William on “The Good, The Bad & The Rugby” podcast. In the clip, the royals discussed the sport, shared memories, and personal anecdotes. They also expressed their support for the Home Nations during the Rugby World Cup.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup began on September 8 and will conclude on October 28. In February, William and Middleton attended a Six Nations rugby match between England and Wales. Middleton’s team emerged victorious with a score of 20-10. The couple joked about the friendly competition between them.
Overall, Kate Middleton’s presence and involvement in rugby-related events showcase her support for the sport and her dedication to her patronages.