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“Charming” Charlotte enjoys attending the Commonwealth Games with William and Kate

Princess Charlotte has been described as a “charming” young girl after her first family engagement to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The seven-year-old princess joined her proud parents in Birmingham – the host city of the Commonwealth Games – to learn more about a program preparing the next generation of athletes for future events.

Charlotte seemed curious about her surroundings and the people around her at Birmingham University and at times a little apprehensive, but received a reassuring arm around her shoulder or a word in her ear from William and held Kate’s hand at other moments.

The young princess revealed that gymnastics is her favorite sport and attended a nutrition workshop where she helped her parents put pictures of foods like nuts, bread and grapes into the correct groups, whether protein, Carbohydrates, antioxidants or healthy fats.

At one point, Charlotte was asked to update a Team England medal table, adding a bronze won in the men’s team table tennis event and a silver medal from the Lawn Bowls men’s pairs.

She was also taken by William and Kate to events at the Commonwealth Games and was photographed grinning during the swims. She later accompanied her parents to see a hockey game.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Day FiveThe family enjoys swimming (Jacob King/PA)

Tim Lawler, Managing Director of SportsAid, a partner organization of the Team England Futures programme, hosted the royal visit to Birmingham University.

He said: “I noticed that when the Duke and Duchess were trying to get Charlotte involved in the talks – we were very aware of that and it was really very obvious that the Duke and Duchess were doing that I suppose.” on, lock her up and soothe her.

“She was charming, very willing to put the medals on the medal board, and she asked the right question, which was ‘Where exactly do I put this?’ It was expired and she checked it.

“She really loved watching the swim, but she’s interested in gymnastics, and while they try a lot of different sports at home, I understood, when I asked her about sports, she answered very simply and said, ‘I’m gymnastics how’.”

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Day FiveThe family watches the gymnastics (Mike Egerton/PA)


When the Cambridges arrived they met senior sports executives and Kate turned to her daughter and said: “You liked swimming, didn’t you?” and Charlotte nodded.

The princess, in her pigtails and a sleeveless sundress and sandals, stood with her hands behind her back and looked around, and moments later William put an arm around her shoulders.

The Team England Futures program is a partnership between SportsAid – which supports Kate as Patron – Sport England and Commonwealth Games England, which supports the development of promising athletes and aspiring coaches, giving them the opportunity to attend the Games and get a peek behind the scenes to throw.

Ahead of the Games, the rising sports stars benefited from online learning covering a wide range of topics and mentoring from experienced athletes.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Day FiveTim Lawler and the Cambridges watch a demonstration of a bicycle-powered smoothie maker (Chris Jackson/PA)

Charlotte sat between her parents as they chatted to two powerlifters, Tom Smith and Lottie McGuinness, who were joined by experienced competitors.

Speaking of the Games, Ms McGuinness said: “The atmosphere is amazing, everyone is meeting everyone.”

Nutritionist Jenny Tschiesche gave the Cambridges and their daughter a nutritional challenge, saying afterwards: “They did really well and so did Charlotte, she took the picture of the chicken and put it in the protein section and she did the same thing with the beans.” .”

The couple also watched as beach volleyball players Joaquin and Javier Bello pedaled on exercise bikes to power fruit-filled blenders – a device that combined the competitive nature of athletes and their interest in nutrition.

Charlotte and her parents were advised to cover their ears while the brothers pedaled their bikes to make smoothies.

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