London 2012: The royal watchers

The Duchess of Cambridge grimaces, throwing herself into the moment, as she watches the swimming finals.
The Duchess of Cambridge grimaces, throwing herself into the moment, as she watches the swimming finals.
...And goes on to bury her head in her hands. The Duchess of Cambridge watches the swimming finals.

...And goes on to bury her head in her hands. The Duchess of Cambridge watches the swimming finals.

The Duchess of Cambridge watches the swimming finals.

The Duchess of Cambridge watches the swimming finals.

Nail-biting stuff at the swimming finals for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Nail-biting stuff at the swimming finals for the Duchess of Cambridge.

A look of panic from the Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

A look of panic from the Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

Gah! It all looks too much to handle for Kate Middleton as she supports Team GB at the swimming finals.

Gah! It all looks too much to handle for Kate Middleton as she supports Team GB at the swimming finals.

Things really are too much for the Berkshire lass as she buries her head in her hands.

Things really are too much for the Berkshire lass as she buries her head in her hands.

Finally a smile from the Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

Finally a smile from the Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the swimming finals in London.

The tension gets to Kate at day 7 of the Olympics.

The tension gets to Kate at day 7 of the Olympics.

We repeat, the tension <i>really</i> gets to Kate at day 7 of the Olympics.

We repeat, the tension really gets to Kate at day 7 of the Olympics.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Kate and Will cannot contain themselves at the athletics on day 8 of the Olympics.

Kate and Will cannot contain themselves at the athletics on day 8 of the Olympics.

Kate meets Mexican wave at the handball on August 5.

Kate meets Mexican wave at the handball on August 5.

Having a moment - Kate and Will find Kate's hand most entertaining (athletics, aside of course).

Having a moment - Kate and Will find Kate's hand most entertaining (athletics, aside of course).

Princess Beatrice knows a thing or two about a short, sharp shower - and has a twee brolly to hand at day 7's equestrian events.

Princess Beatrice knows a thing or two about a short, sharp shower - and has a twee brolly to hand at day 7's equestrian events.

Princess Beatrice alongside her boyfriend Dave Clark at day 7's equestrian events.

Princess Beatrice alongside her boyfriend Dave Clark at day 7's equestrian events.

A dead ringer for Fergie - Princess Beatrice at Greenwich's equestrian course.

A dead ringer for Fergie - Princess Beatrice at Greenwich's equestrian course.

Going Dutch: Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange shleter from the rain at equestrian events on day 7.

Going Dutch: Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange shleter from the rain at equestrian events on day 7.

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in London for the Olympics.

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in London for the Olympics.

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands share a moment in the sun at the equestrian events on day 7.

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands share a moment in the sun at the equestrian events on day 7.

...And again, Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands share a moment in the sun at the equestrian events on day 7.

...And again, Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands share a moment in the sun at the equestrian events on day 7.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princess Beatrice watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Beatrice watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princess Eugenie watches the velodrome action at the London Olympics.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are consumed by Olympics spirit as they cheer Team GB at the velodrome.

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Charlene and Albert cheer then dance

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

Royals are flocking into Stratford - and leaving their stuffiness at the stadium gates - to give their best support to their national sports stars.

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