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Duchess: Prince George loves the water

The Duchess of Cambridge has told former world and Commonwealth champion swimmer, James Hickman, young Prince George is already a fan of swimming.

The young Prince, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is already a fan of the water, his mother says.
The young Prince, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is already a fan of the water, his mother says. Credit: PA

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The sportsman from Manchester met Kate at a SportsAid charity meeting this morning, where he asked her if she had taken her son swimming yet.

The 38-year-old said: "She's been swimming with him. She said he loves the water and he grabs things to splash with.

"So, maybe he could be the next royal to take part in the Olympics, and if he was in swimming that would be incredible," he added.

While Kate was at the SportsAid reception earlier today, the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry played a game of five-a-side football with young coaches.

Royals hoping for day of British medal success

Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be hoping the gold rush continues as they return to the Commonwealth Games today to support the home nations.

Today there are 31 gold medals to be won - in athletics, swimming, cycling mountain bike, artistic gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and wrestling.

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Games delegate 'can die happy' after meeting Queen

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received a warm welcome at the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock today, where one Games delegate said he could "die happy" after meeting Her Majesty.

Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock.
Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock. Credit: PA

Solomon Islands chef de mission Ronald Bei Talasasa, who was too small to catch a glimpse of the royal couple when they visited his country in 1974, said: "I love the Queen, I love England. It was a great honour. For me to meet her was a dream. I can now die happy."

The Queen, who was accompanied by Prince Philip, was introduced to athletes and Games volunteers on her visit to the Commonwealth Games Village.

Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: PA

Australian 100m hurdles champion and London 2012 gold medallist, Sally Pearson, spoke of her conversation with the Queen: "She said 'I think you've brought the weather with you' and I told her that I think it's all due to change next week."

Racehorse owned by Queen tests positive for morphine

Estimate, a racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, Buckingham Palace announced.

Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product, the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013. Credit: PA

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