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Duchess Kate Plays Volleyball in Heels

DAVID BEBBER/AFP/Getty ImagesLONDON) -- It was another milestone day for Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in her life as a royal. After giving birth three months ago to Prince George, Kate made her first solo appearance in a visit with young athletes supported by a charity for which she is a patron.

Not only did she give a royal touch to the charity, Sportsaid, she also gave a few royal strikes in a volleyball session -- all while wearing wedges.

She mingled and spoke with young athletes -- badminton players, para-athetes in wheelchairs, fencers, soccer players, and asked a lot of questions. “She’s a good listener and wanted to hear everything from the young people,” said Simon Worsfold, spokesman for the charity.

And Kate came ready to play. She lined up on the makeshift volleyball court at the net, and took her position as a striker with the young players.  She leaped, went down for low scoops -- striking the ball at different angles.

“Everyone kept talking about how great she looked, and even though she was wearing heels, played volleyball,” noted Victoria Murphy, an ABC News consultant.

The Duchess now has seven charities as royal patron. The Queen has hundreds, and makes more than 400 appearances a year.

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