08/12/2012

Kate and Harry turn on the Olympic royal charm one last time

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Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, applaud in the stands of the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Sunday. (GettyImages)

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.

150146195The 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.

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London2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, right, stands for 'God Save the Queen' with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. (Reuters)

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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)

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A general view of the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. (Reuters)

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, speaks with London2012 chairman Sebastian Coe  as Kate and Samantha Cameron listen in before the during the closing ceremony. (Reuters)

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IOC president Jacques Rogge, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge stand for 'God Save the Queen' as the closing ceremony begins at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Getty Images)

 

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Does Harry not have a girlfriend? Excellent chemistry between Harry and Kate!

Yeah they look so organic together so I think everything is possible

I just know as a mom if my kids ever ended with an inappropriate photo of themselves on facebook they would definitely catch my rath. Boot up the backside and all. So far they have shown have good decision making skills. As to Harry does he have no friggin sense not to know that he is the perfect target for press, good or bad. Does he not bother to think of the consequences? It may be all well and good to blow off some steam but no one has to know or see do we? When he ends up with kids of his own how does he expect his hormonal teenagers to take dad seriously when he tries to teach them about restraint. No it is none of my business and I don't want to see photos. He shows unremarkable bad judgement.

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