Kate and Harry turn on the Olympic royal charm one last time
There's been a regal touch to these Olympic Games from the beginning, so no surprise it continued on Sunday at the closing ceremony, and not just in the VIP seats.
Prince Harry was the ranking royal in attendance, though his sister-in-law Kate undoubtedly drew the most flashblubs as they sat with IOC president Jacques Rogge. In the spectacle that lit up the London night, the Brits celebrated with star-studded salutes to their music and culture, past and present, from John Lennon to the Spice Girls, to Monty Python, to a supermodel fashion show with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell strutting in Alexander McQueen creations.
The Duchess of Cambridge kept her own fashion sense fairly low key for the grand finale, wearing a Bella Body-Conscious dress from Whistles ($260). Still, it was a change of pace from the Team GB gear she wore almost daily in the last two weeks.
Royalty from across Europe were in regular attendance at the Games, but Kate likely wins the medal for most events attended. Figures from Clarence House show that the Duchess attended at least 18 Olympic events (19 with the closing ceremony) to head the royal brigrade. Prince William, who left after first week to return to his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Wales, attended 13, and Prince Harry was around for a dozen.
Their appearances coincided with some impressive British performances as well. Kate personally witnessed 10 medal-winning event for the home side: 5 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze (including one for women's field hockey, right photo).
William was next at 4-1-2 and Harry was there for 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze. Then there were the side visits to the athletes village, including Prince Harry stopping in at Canada House to just in time to watch his hosts win a rowing silver on the big screen TV.
All three were front and centre in their roles at official ambassadors for Team Great Britain, roles that went well beyond just the ceremonial. To their credit, all the royals performed to the gold standard in making sure London would enjoy one of its finer hours.
Left to right are British Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt, IOC president Jacques Rogge, Prince Harry, Kate and LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe at Olympic Stadium for Sunday's closing ceremony. (Getty Images)