The Queen gave Kate Middleton the right to be Prince Harry’s rugby patron after the duke gave up royal life.
The Duchess of Cambridge has today taken over as Patron of the Rugby Union and Rugby Union (RFU), Kensington Palace confirmed.
Kate is the first royal to receive one of Harry’s patronages after he and Meghan Markle gave up royal life and moved to California.
The move will bring her in competes directly with her husband Wills – who is a patron of the Welsh Rugby League – in this year’s Championship Six Nations competition this weekend.
Confirming Kate’s appointment today, Kensington Palace said the role was a great fit for “her longstanding passion for sport and the long-term benefits it can provide”.
Rugby League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the team was “honored” and “delighted” to welcome Kate.
Mr Rimmer said in a statement: “We are truly honored to have appointed the Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron of the Rugby Football League.
“We are delighted to welcome her as we prepare to host Men’s, Women’s, Wheelchair and Physically Disabled Rugby Championships in the UK this autumn.
“Our sport’s history is built on a commitment to tackle inequality and we honor that through our focus on having a positive social impact off the pitch.
“We look forward to partnering with the Duchess in the years to come and I know all our sporting levels will welcome her to the Rugby League family.”
Rugby League chief executive Bill Sweeney added: “It is an honor to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron.
“Our aim is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union, develop the sport for future generations and create a successful prosperous game in the world. nationwide.
“As rugby clubs have reopened across the country, players, officials and volunteers are celebrating their return to the game together and we know that the Duchess’s support will be greatly appreciated from our original clubs and fast-growing women’s and women’s games, to our elite men’s and women’s England teams.”
The rugby-crazed royal – who famously celebrated England’s 2003 World Cup win with Australia – has been a patron of Twickenham since 2016.
He took on the role from Queen95 years old, has been her vice president since 2010.
But last February, Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming the Queen’s decision relinquish Harry and Meghan’s honorary patronage – including Harry’s connection to British sport.
The Palace confirmed “honorable military appointments and Royal patronage held by the duke and duchess” will be “returned to the Queen, before being redistributed to working members”. of the Royal Family”.
NEW ROLE FOR KATE
To date, no member of the Royal Family has been granted one of the Sussexes patronage rights.
It is not yet clear if she will take on Harry’s old role as patron of the Rugby League, but the Queen may now start redistributing more Meghan and Harry’s Hibernation Role.
For Harry, these include his former military units as well as the chair of the Queen’s Commonwealth Commission and the London Marathon Charity.
Meghan must also hand over patronage rights to the Royal National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, as well as vice-chair of the Queen’s Commonwealth Commission.
Sporty Kate has been the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Tennis Club and has previously cheered for England’s stars at Twickenham.
The team will play Wales at Twickenham on February 26, with both William and Kate backing their teams.
The Rugby League – founded in 1895 – is the national governing body for rugby union in the United Kingdom.
It covers all forms of professional turf and games, including women’s and wheelchair rugby.
Meanwhile, the Rugby League is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby unions in the UK.
With 1,900 member clubs, it is one of the largest sports organizations in the country.
Founded in 1871, it promotes and regulates sport, educates and trains players and officials, and runs England’s elite men’s and women’s performing teams.
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