Princess Catherine met with applause as she brightens up a rainy day in Alexander McQueen coat, but admits to being ‘terrible’ at this skill

There are many things the Princess of Wales does brilliantly, but, refreshingly, she has her shortcomings too

Kate Middleton was met with huge applause at the rugby on Saturday
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Catherine, Princess of Wales, attended her first rugby match since succeeding Prince Harry as the patron of the Rugby Football League on Saturday (November 5), where she was met with thunderous applause from the crowd in the stadium. Catherine paired a bold, Alexander McQueen red coat over a long-sleeved burgundy top and pleated skirt. While chatting to fans in a relaxed manner, Kate also copped to having a shortcoming when it came to her knitting skills.

Princess Catherine had quite the busy day out at the rugby this weekend, and she did it all while looking chic and seasonal in a vivid red Alexander McQueen coat and an autumnal burgundy top.

While attending England’s Rugby League World Cup quarter-final clash against Papua New Guinea, Kate put fans at ease as she joked around at one skill she hasn’t quite mastered – knitting.

Before the match she was presented with a series of gifts from volunteers which included knitted hats, artwork, a signed shirt, and soap.

Kate wore an old favorite Alexander McQueen red coat

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The princess told volunteer Susan Hill, who knitted the hats she'd been given, "I tried knitting once, and I was terrible at it, so I'll have to come for lessons."

Mrs Hill is reported to have replied, "It's easy when you know how."

When she wasn’t chatting away to fellow guests and volunteers, Kate got stuck in with the spirit of the day.

Kate's bold color choice brightened up a rainy, English day

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The Princess was seen passionately clapping during a ‘moment of non-silence’ – a special demonstration held to mark the tournament's Movember Mental Fitness Match Day, aimed at tackling the damaging impact that silence can have upon men's mental health.

Mental health is something both Catherine and her husband William have spoken about, having most recently helped raise over $390,000 worth of funding to support young people's mental health in Scarborough.

Proving why she was the perfect person to take over as patron of the RFL after Prince Harry, Kate spent time speaking to representatives from groups who have played a part in the delivery of the Rugby League World Cup Social Impact Programme.

It was Princess Kate's first match since becoming patron of the Rugby League

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The programme, launched in June 2018, aims to provide a positive impact to communities in the tournament's host towns and cities.

The Princess also congratulated the England Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) team on winning the first PDRL World Cup after beating New Zealand in the final last Sunday.

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