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Duchess dazzles at gala dinner
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended a star-studded gala dinner celebrating the country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The Duke and Duchess were greeted by Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, before attending a pre-dinner reception to meet gold medal winners and Team GB ambassadors, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis.
Sir Steve said: "Over the last few years they've been top of the world's publicity so having their support really makes a big difference."
He added that he visited the Olympic Park last week and was impressed by the experience. He said: "There was a good buzz, there was a good atmosphere just generally walking around the park."
The event, named Our Greatest Team Rises, will feature Take That singer Gary Barlow, artist Will Young and singing sensation Alfie Boe performing in honour of the sportsmen and women.
William and Kate will take their seats in the audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London alongside skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams and former sprint hurdler Colin Jackson.
Former Spice Girl Mel C who is "artist chair" of Party to 2012 - a series of official events celebrating the UK's Olympians - was also at the gala. Presenter Davina McCall and comic John Bishop were hosting the event, with a menu created by Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone.
William and Kate, along with Prince Harry, are ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB, and are playing an active role encouraging the public to support the country's athletes.
The Duke said in his speech: "For the athletes of Our Greatest Team, these Games mark the pinnacle of your sporting careers. I can only imagine it, competing at home in front of your countrymen and women, with the eyes of the entire world upon you. A dream come true.
"For all of us mere mortals, and I include my brother, who still drones on about beating Usain Bolt - which never counted because it was a false start - this is a lifetime opportunity. The mood in London will be electric, ecstatic and amazing. I simply can't wait."