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07.26.12

William, Harry and Kate Play Footie and Ping Pong

William describes his football style as a 'giraffe on ice'.
Prince Harry, left, Prince William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge talk to children during their visit to Bacon's College in London to launch the Coach Core programme, a partnership between their foundation, the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and Greenhouse charity, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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With just one day to go until the Olympic’s opening ceremony, the Young Royals kept sport front and centre today when they visited a charity their foundation supports which provides sports coaching to children.

Kate hit new heights of austerity chic, shunning designer gear for a white and grey dress that cost just £35 from a British Main Street retailer. For once, she didn’t wear LK Bennets, sporting instead a pair of £80 Pied-a-Terre wedges.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays table tennis as she visits Bacon's College on July 26, 2012 in London, England. Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Bacon's College and  launched the 'Coach Core' Programme, a partnership between their Foundation and Greenhouse.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
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Harry and William both wore open-necked blue shirts.

William kicked a ball around, missing a shot at goal, while Kate showed her racket skills on the table-tennis table, prompting her husband to say that, "Wth a tennis racquet or a hockey stick in her hand, Catherine is something to behold - and be aware of."

In a speech afterwards, William said: "Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight – the expression giraffe on ice springs to mind. However it is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge judges a judo match as she visits Bacon's College on July 26, 2012 in London, England. Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Bacon's College and launched the 'Coach Core' Programme, a partnership between their Foundation and Greenhouse.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
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Kate also refereed a Judo match.

The Coach Core programme is being piloted by Greenhouse, an organisation that will train 16 to 19-year-olds to become qualified coaches and mentors for their schools and communities.