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Move Over, Sporty Spice! Kate Middleton Is the Newest Athletic Brit Obsession

If the whole royal thing doesn’t work out, new sporty photos of Kate Middleton suggest the Duchess of Cambridge could have a backup career as a fitness instructor. The royal mom-of-three proved she’s in fighting form — literally and figuratively — on Wednesday during an appearance honoring the next generation of Great Britain’s athletes.

Kate always seems to enjoy a solid sports-related outing, so she was predictably all smiles at an event for SportsAid (of which she’s a patron). The purpose of the event? To celebrate not only the success of young athletes but also to acknowledge the role parents and guardians play in that success. Being the hands-on future queen that she is, Kate jumped right into the action alongside young sports stars.

Looking cool and confidant in emerald green athleisure wear, Kate worked with sprinters on getting comfortable with the starting blocks. She even showed off her sprinting skills after a bit of instruction. And while it’s been clear for some time that the Duchess is adept at rolling with the proverbial punches, she demonstrated she’s pretty good at throwing actual punches, too. A bit of sparring with a boxing instructor? All in a day’s work for this sporty royal. Clearly, she took the task seriously, practicing her start first.

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Then she was ready…

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Set…

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Go!

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She seemed equally devoted to her boxing lessons.

 

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After breaking a sweat — or maybe not, since she looked like her normal flawless self after her sprinting and sparring — Kate addressed the crowd.

“The crucial role that parents and caregivers play in our children’s lives cannot be underestimated. For all of you here, you go, and have gone, above and beyond the call of duty; you’ve committed your time and devotion to nurturing your children’s exceptional talents. And as a parent, I have a huge admiration for you and I know just how complex and time-consuming your role is,” she said.

She continued, “You are simultaneously the transport and logistics managers, nutritionists, laundry service, psychologists, financiers, and crucially, the ones that provide love, support and encouragement when things are tough. You may not always feel appreciated, or sometimes even noticed on the sidelines, in the car park or sitting high in the stands. But I am so proud that SportsAid recognizes how key your role is and that they understand the challenges and worries you face.”

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