William, Kate And Harry Welcome Olympic Torch At Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – along with Prince Harry – officially greeted the Olympic torch on Thursday outside Buckingham Palace as large crowds gathered in London to watch the relay through the city.

The flame was was met by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier on Downing Street before it ended up in Hyde Park, where 60,000 people gathered to watch as the final torchbearer lit a cauldron, BBC News reports.

Earlier in the day, the royals flaunted their sporting skills – and spent some quality time with kids – at the launch of a sports-related charity. William and Kate, both 30, and Harry, 27, visited Bacon’s College to launch the Coach Core program, a partnership between their foundation and the Greenhouse charity that will help train the country’s future youth-sports coaches.

They didn’t just watch the action, either. On the eve of the London Olympics, William kicked a soccer ball around, Harry shot hoops in the gym and Kate tried her hand at table tennis. For her ping-pong game, Kate played against Hiba Feredj, 13, the current English schools under-13 champion. Kate won two points out of 10 – raising her hands and cheering when she hit a winner.

Then Kate – in a gray dress from the store Hobbs – kicked off her wedges and stepped onto a blue gym mat to start a judo match. With a chopping motion, she proclaimed, “Hajimi,” the Japanese word that traditionally kicks off the bouts. Before her, 14-year-olds Abdurrahman Chaatouf and Aaron Mahoney-Jones bowed and showed her three the classic throws. Afterwards, Mahoney-Jones said of the royal visit: “It inspires me to know someone’s behind me and behind us at Greenhouse.”

Are you excited for some royal Olympic action? Which event in the Olympics will you be closely watching?

Source: People

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Royals Fan Reads Book To Cope With Team’s Loss

It’s been fascinating to watch the many ways that people in Kansas City are dealing with the Royals losing their first 10 games at home, a domestic debut that our pal Sam Mellinger says hasn’t been seen in baseball since 1913.

“Royals Book Guy,” (pictured above) created one of the world’s most expensive library seats (a $240 Crown Club ticket) by cracking open a novel during Monday night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. (The screencap of him engrossed in a presumably better fantasy world zoomed around the Internet and earned him the ultimate sign of Internet traction — a parody Twitter account.)

The Royals headed out on a three-city, nine-game road trip on Tuesday night, but any thoughts of it being a renewing experience were doused with a 4-3 loss at Cleveland. The defeat ran their losing streak to 12 games. As Joe Posnanski notes, five of the 20 12-game losing streaks since the strike have sadly belonged to the Royals.

Fans might be well advised to bring a stack of magazines that need catching up on — that’s because a pair of series against the Yankees and Red Sox will be waiting when the Royals finally return home.

Would you even think about reading a novel on site if your favorite team had a losing streak? Share with us your ways of coping with a bad game!

Source: Yahoo News

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