Princess Kate is all smiles at England’s Rugby League World Cup match – live updates

Princess Kate will brave the cold and wet weather on Saturday to show her support for England as they take on Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 quarter-final match.

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The outing marks Kate’s first match since succeeding the Duke of Sussex as patron of the Rugby Football League (RFL). Prince Harry launched the draw for the World Cup in January 2020, just over a week after announcing he and his wife Meghan Markle wanted to step down as senior working royals.

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Simon Johnson, chair of the RFL, said: “We will be delighted and honoured to welcome the Princess of Wales for the first time as the RFL’s Royal Patron.

“With both our England Women and Men’s teams playing important World Cup matches on Saturday, her presence will enhance a special occasion for our sport, for the World Cup and for the famous rugby league town of Wigan.”

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The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) marks a breakthrough moment in the history of the tournament, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup competitions being staged alongside one another for the first time.

Mackenzie Yei and Wesser Tenza of Papua New Guinea arrive at the stadium in Wigan

The tournament will also be the most visible Rugby League event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.

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