Prince William was spotted in the crowd watching his beloved Aston Villa play Chelsea last night – as his wife Kate Middleton hosted a photography event.
The Duke of Cambridge was at Stamford Bridge to see Villa lose 4-3 to the home team after a tense penalty shoot-out.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a tailored £400 white gown as she hosted an event to thank those who worked on her Hold Still project.
BBC’s Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which aired last night, featured Prince William and other Royals sharing their memories of the late Duke of Edinburgh, following his death in April this year.
The special programme, which also features his brother Prince Harry, his father Prince Charles and uncle Prince Andrew, was originally arranged to mark the Duke’s 100th birthday in June, two months before his centenary.
Interviews with the various royals were recorded both before and after Prince Philip’s death, with Prince Harry’s tributes filmed in California, where he lives with wife Meghan Markle and their two children Archie and Lilibet.
Prince William experienced a range of emotions throughout last night’s Carabao Cup clash, which ended as a 1-1 draw before his side ultimately lost on penalties.
Royal blue: Prince William looks glum as he watches his beloved Aston Villa clash with Chelsea at their home ground of Stamford Bridge
The Duke of Cambridge reluctantl applauds during the tense Carabao Cup clash between Chelsea and Aston Villa, who went on to lose 4-3 to the home side
Troubled times: Prince William looks concerned while his side Aston Villa played Chelsea at their home ground last night
Chelsea scored first, but the Prince was cheering and roaring with joy when Villa later equalised. In penalties , Aston Villa missed two before a Chelsea miss and a penalty save allowed them back into the game.
In the Duke of Edinburgh documentary, broadcast on BBC1 last night, Prince William fondly remembered his grandfather’s playful side, recalling how he would ‘get in trouble’ with the Queen with practical jokes.
The Duchess’s event was the highlight of a photography competition for members of the public.
Kate Middleton, 39, a keen photographer, started her campaign during the first lockdown last year to ask the public to submit images which captured the period.
The result was a photography book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which featured 100 final ‘poignant and personal’ portraits selected from 31,000 entrants and quickly became a bestseller upon its release in May.
The mother-of-three opted for a cream Self Portrait dress as she hosted the evening reception.
Posting on Instagram, the Duchess thanked those who had helped her with the project, writing: ‘ Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!’
Posting on Instagram, the Duchess thanked those who had helped her with the project, writing: ‘Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!
‘It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it.
‘The idea for came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography.
‘It was made possible by so many partners, and what’s more remarkable is how it was all orchestrated from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms!
‘The most special thanks must go to the thousands of people across the country who took time to share their experiences of lockdown. Without them, the project really would not have been possible.’
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was dazzling in a tailored white gown as she hosted an event this evening to thank those who worked with her on her Hold Still project
The royal appeared animated as she chatted with a small group of contributors in snaps from the event.
Meanwhile she opted for a £400 crisp white tailored Self Portrait gown for the occasion.
Her long brunette locks were styled into a bouncy ponytail, revealing a pair of dangling gold earrings.
As well as showcasing the final 100 images and the stories that accompany each of them, the book looked back at highlights from the community exhibition which took the portraits to billboards and outdoor poster sites in 80 towns, cities and areas in October 2020.
Over the course of the project the Duchess shared a number of her favourite images on the Kensington Royal Instagram page, including a Black Lives Matter protester holding a sign reading: ‘Be on the right side of history.’
Another of the snaps was a black and white image showing a man embracing his daughter, while one shows a child kissing their godmother through a window.
Meanwhile others featured a student holding her exam qualifications, and a young girl seen drawing a huge rainbow onto a window pane.
Kate (pictured), a keen amateur photographer, wrote the introduction to the book, which showcases pictures from her Hold Still campaign of 2020
Kate’s latest appearance comes after she retuned to work following her annual summer break.
The royal has had a busy week so far, visiting the Lake District where she tried abseiling and mountain biking with the Air Cadets.
Later she met with surviving ‘Windermere children’ who were rescued from concentration camps and taken to the Lake District during a visit to Cumbria.
It was Kate’s first public sighting since she attended her brother James Middleton’s glamorous wedding in the South of France just days ago.
The couple got engaged in September 2019 but had to delay the ceremony twice in the last year due to Covid, before finally announcing they had tied the knot in Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence at the weekend.
The book quickly became a bestseller after its release in May