Kate Middleton represents England in Zara blazer


The Princess of Wales has said she will be setting her alarm early to wake up in time for England Women’s rugby matches as they compete in the World Cup in New Zealand this autumn.

Kate, a patron of England Rugby since earlier this year, sent a video message to the Red Roses, posted on the England Rugby Twitter account, which wished the team the best of luck in the tournament.

Dressed in a red Zara tweed blazer to represent her team, Her Royal Highness said she would be cheering them on every step of the way and hoped they would ‘bring the cup home’ once again following their win in 2014.

The royal was announced as the new patron of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union, roles previously held by her brother-in-law the Duke of Sussex in February. 

She  has a keen interest in sport, playing tennis and hockey from a young age, and is a firm rugby supporter as well, watching England games with the Middleton family before her marriage to Prince William in 2011. 

The tournament, which kicks off tomorrow, will run until Saturday, 12 November, with the Red Roses set to play their first fixture against Fiji at 04.45am UK time tomorrow. 

In a video posted on the official England Rugby Twitter account, its patron, the Princess of Wales, wished the Red Roses good luck ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2022 in New Zealand

The Princess harked back to her training session with women and men from England Rugby in February 2022 (pictured), shortly after she inherited the patronage from Prince Harry

The Princess harked back to her training session with women and men from England Rugby in February 2022 (pictured), shortly after she inherited the patronage from Prince Harry 

Her Royal Highness recycled the blazer, which she has previously worn while supporting the England men’s football team during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, to deliver the message. She also wore a sweet rose brooch on her lapel to back the red roses.

Kate, 40, said: ‘Hello everyone. I wanted to take a a moment to wish the Red Roses all the very best of luck for the rugby world cup in New Zealand.

‘I had so much fun with you all at Twickenham earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how you get on during the tournament.

‘For many of the team this will be the first world cup you’ve played in – congratulations in being selected for the squad. 

Dressed in a red Zara tweed blazer to represent her team, Her Royal Highness said she would be cheering them on every step of the way and hoped they would 'bring the cup home' once again following their win in 2014

Dressed in a red Zara tweed blazer to represent her team, Her Royal Highness said she would be cheering them on every step of the way and hoped they would ‘bring the cup home’ once again following their win in 2014

‘I know this will be a particularly proud moment in your career so far and I hope you enjoy every minute.

‘I was also delighted to hear that some of the winning squad from 2014 are back to help bring the cup home again.

‘Good luck for the weeks ahead. I’ll be setting my alarm clock early to cheer you on all the way.’ 

The video was captioned: A special good luck message for the #RedRoses from our patron The Princess of Wales.’

It tagged the Princess’ official social media account in the tweet and called the England Women ‘#TeamDream’. 

Her Royal Highness recycled the blazer, which she has previously worn while supporting the England men's football team during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, to deliver the message (pictured, in 2020 wearing the blazer)

Her Royal Highness recycled the blazer, which she has previously worn while supporting the England men’s football team during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, to deliver the message (pictured, in 2020 wearing the blazer)

In her message to the team, Kate recalled her fun trip to Twickenham in February of this year, when she trained with the players and laughed as she ducked and weaved her way across the pitch.

The honorary Red Rose even practiced a line-out and was pictured being raised up by her team to catch the ball.

The Princess of Wales inherited her patronage of England Rugby from her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, after he stepped down as a senior royal.

And on her visit to Twickenham in February, she showed she was the right person for the role as she got stuck into the training session.

Having a ball! Giggling Kate took part in a line-out with members of the England women's rugby team at Twickenham

The Princess of Wales at Twickenham

Having a ball! Giggling Kate took part in a line-out with members of the England women’s rugby team at Twickenham 

Learning from the pros: The Princess of Wales chatted to the England Rugby team ahead of the training session

Learning from the pros: The Princess of Wales chatted to the England Rugby team ahead of the training session 

Getting stuck in: The Princess of Wales was the hooker between props Jamie George (left) and Ellis Genge in a scrum

Getting stuck in: The Princess of Wales was the hooker between props Jamie George (left) and Ellis Genge in a scrum

Her Royal Highness donned official England Rugby £50 pants and £50 zip-up top as she joined England players for a training session at Twickenham, hours after she was confirmed as the Duke of Sussex’s replacement.

Competitive Kate looked delighted to be stepping into her brother-in-law’s shoes and giggled, laughed and smiled her way through the drills, led by head coach Eddie Jones. 

The Princess, known for her love of sport, flashed a smile as she ran towards the try line and threw her arms up in celebration. 

Proving she’s not afraid of getting stuck in, Kate put her arms around England players Jamie George and Ellis Genge in a mock scrum and was lifted into the air in a line-out, prompting a fit of giggles. 

She also took part in simple throwing and catching exercises and tried a drop kick.