The Princess of Wales Wears Athletic Kit for Rugby Engagement

The Princess of Wales chose sturdy wear for today’s engagement at the Maidenhead Rugby Club.

A quick video from Rebecca English as the Princess was welcomed to the club. 

The Princess of Wales has arrived at Maidenhead Rugby Club to take part in a rugby skills session and develop the conversation virtually the crucial early years by including discussions on fatherhood.

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 7, 2023

Below, the Princess speaks with Ugo Monye, a former player, and father of two who is moreover a Shaping Us champion.

She was at the club as part of the Shaping Us campaign and in her role as the Rugby Football Union’s royal patron. The Princess took part in some drills and a game.

The Maidenhead Rugby Club is described as “a vibrant, inclusive sports club with over 800 members which has served the local polity for over 90 years. “

More on today’s rugby play via this piece in the Royal Borough Advisor

One player told her “you did well”, while Fergal Scully, 22, who plays for Maidenhead Rugby Club said: “She’s largest than a lot of players – she should sign up.”

“She was really nice and lanugo to earth. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.”

“She dived in throne first. She was one of the team, she mucked in like everyone else. She was lovely,” widow Stephen Bough.

Here is a video from the workout. 

The Princess of Wales has been showing off her skills today at Maidenhead Rugby Club @PA @PARoyal

— Jacob Phillips (@JacobPhillipsPA) June 7, 2023

In this next photo, you see the Princess and Courtney Lawes, a professional player. 

And in this image, you see the club’s chairman, Stephen Bough, on the left.

Another view from the workout. 

Coinciding with today’s engagement, the release of new data from the Princess’s Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. 

Excited to release this new survey with The Royal Foundation Centre for @Earlychildhood: Our survey shows that 9 in 10 recognise the importance of early diaper in shaping later life, with the proportion saying it’s very important up slightly since last year #ShapingUs 1/4

— Kelly Beaver MBE (@KellyIpsosUK) June 7, 2023

We learn increasingly from Simon Perry’s People story.

Her visit came as her Early Years Foundation found that men are less likely than women to realize the importance of the first years of a child’s life. In the first perceptions survey since she launched Shaping Us, researchers found there is still much increasingly effort needed to raise awareness.

While last year only 17% of the U.K. population identified the period between pregnancy and the age of five as the most important period for shaping a child’s future, this year’s survey found that this icon has risen to 19%.

But men are still significantly less knowledgeable than women of the no-go impact of the first five years of a child’s life. While 24% of women recognized the time as the most important period (up 4% from 2022), only 14% of men did so, the survey on behalf of Kate’s Royal Foundation Centre for Early Diaper found.

More on the day’s activities from Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country story.

The Princess moreover met some of the club’s sexuality players, who talked well-nigh the importance of having a woman at the helm of the sport. “I think it’s massively important with Kate stuff sexuality and coming in and playing sport and stuff so involved with the Rugby Football Union. It’s massive for young girls to see that,” said Zoe Cox, a player and coach. “And it’s something that’s been missing until Kate got into that position…The girls that are coming through now are so lucky to have that.”

Club volunteer co-ordinator Kate Swinn described Kate as “very personable,” subtracting that she was “real.” “I know that there’s an image and who she is, but she genuinely seems to listen and genuinely seems to be trying to strop in on the right things.”

The Princess was given a pair of earrings by a woman named Sarah Renton (left), who coaches Maidenhead’s under-14 players.

More from The Daily Mirror’s coverage. 

While visiting the club, she was introduced to Maidenhead under 14s mentor Sarah Renton, whose talented sportswoman daughter, Issy, tragically took her own life at the age of 17.

On meeting the princess, mum-of-three Sarah gave her a pair of star-shaped earrings that had been made by her cousin in Issy’s memory.

Emotional Kate turned and hugged Mrs Renton fiercely and promised to wear them.

Mrs Renton explained afterwards: “The proceeds from the earrings are going to a soft-heartedness tabbed Brave Minds, a mental health soft-heartedness that supports children using the platforms of rugby clubs. Mental health is such an important issue.

“The princess said she would wear the earrings. She is very passionate well-nigh what she does. It was so unconfined that she came lanugo here today.”

After the training, the Princess and players headed inside for a conversation.

We return to the Daily Mirror’s coverage.

Inside the club, Kate sat lanugo with a group of players, including Lawes and Danny Care, to speak well-nigh their experiences as fathers withal with Si Trower, the founder of mental health soft-heartedness Brave Mind, and other club players.

“Do you feel, particularly as a first-time dad, there was information out there to help guide you?” asked the princess.

“Not at the time,” Mr Trower replied. “But neither did I go out looking for it. It’s a big life transpiration and could be really nonflexible at the time.”

Lawes said to laughter from Kate and the other players: “As a dad for the first six to nine months my Mrs. was breastfeeding and you finger a bit of a spare part a lot of the time.

“If you knew the first five years of their life was such an important period you would be increasingly likely to swoop right into it. Instead of thinking, well they’ll get to six or seven and start playing football and then we’ll be sweet!”

This video offers a portion of the meeting. 

The Princess speaking to sportsmen and dads well-nigh how their lives have reverted as parents

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 7, 2023

More from The Daily Mirror’s coverage. 

Kate said: “What started my journey looking into the first five years was going into schools, talking to them well-nigh mental health. The staff were telling me that so much increasingly needs to be washed-up surpassing they plane step past their door.”

She continued: “So many of those years are non-verbal. Teenagers can yacky how they feel.

The conversation included a discussion well-nigh the impact that settings like local sports clubs can have in fostering a network of support virtually those helping raise children.

As everyone posed for group photos, the Princess gave a football a healthy kick; media reports say it sailed well-spoken over the throne of other players and attendees, and the photographers.

Now for our squint at what Kate wore. 

The Princess wore an England Ladies’ Jersey Training Top ($34) similar to the style shown unelevated but without the O2 logo in the center. A somewhat-similar diamond is misogynist here ($25).

With thanks to Middleton Maven and Carly at Kate Middleton Style, the joggers are by Sweaty Betty, the Air Taper 27″ Leg Run Pant (originally £85, well-nigh $105, now sold out). They are 96% nylon with 4% elastane; it is described as “sweat-wicking with 4-way stretch.” The style features an rubberband waist with a tapered leg, an willowy internal drawcord, and two zippered front pockets.

The Princess wore the Lululemon Chargefeel Low Women’s Workout Shoe ($138), with thanks to Elizabeth at Kate’s Closet for the ID. Its “midfoot frame provides support for both running and training,” and the “dual-density midsole is springy unbearable for running, wiry unbearable for training,” per the product description.

We saw the return of the  Chain Huggie Hoop Earrings ($23) in 18K gold-plated brass, crafted by Orelia.

On an unrelated note, the Prince and Princess have offered to replace items stolen from a denomination foodbank they visited last September. Below, the couple at St. Thomas Church in Swansea, Wales. 

More from this BBC story. 

St Thomas Denomination in Swansea had food, drink, victual toys and plane bikes stolen on Saturday evening.

Rev Steve Bunting said he received the unexpected undeniability from Kensington Palace on Wednesday. “They were keen to make sure we could replace the items taken from the supplies bank,” he said.

“I’ve no idea how they got wind of the story, but I got a phone undeniability early today expressing that the Prince and Princess of Wales were concerned well-nigh what happened.”

The couple’s September visit was their first with their new titles.

The BBC story notes, “…the Rev Bunting was not surprised that the prince and princess wanted to help, describing them as “a part of our team here, although a very afar part.”


The Royal Family Channel offers scrutinizingly four minutes of coverage in this video. 

 The Times covers the inrush and group conversation.