The Duchess of Cambridge, an appointed ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games, was “very excited” to meet the national hockey team today at the Olympic Park in London; she played during her days at Marlborough College and was ecstatic to pick up a stick and show off her skills with Team GB.
However, when she saw a crowd had gathered to watch (not surprising), the Duchess said she was nervous because she hadn’t played in a long time: “I was really looking forward to coming here but now I am here and have discovered I have to play I am not feeling so confident,” she told the press. “Oh please don’t tell me I have to do it in front of all these people!” Kate said. “I don’t want anyone to watch! The last time I played was 2005, maybe. It feels like I haven’t held a stick for ten years. This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn’t play ball. I was striker so you had to get the timing exactly right, well that was the idea. I played on the left wing. I really enjoyed it and it is great to be here. I haven’t played since I stopped so I am really nervous now.”
The Duchess also spoke of her experience playing in her school days: “I used to play at school and I remember my muscles at the beginning of the season were agony. Do you still get bananas and oranges at half time? I don’t know if that was purely a school thing?” she asked the team.
Kate received from the team a white sleeveless team top with “Cambridge 1” lettered on the back and a polo style shirt for the Duke of Cambridge.
Watch Kate play below. Footage by the ITN: