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Prince William and Kate Middleton attend Swiss wedding

02 MARCH 2013

Kate Middleton and Prince William attended some friends' wedding in Switzerland on Saturday afternoon. The pregnant Duchess tenderly put her hand on her baby bump as she entered Arosa church in a cream coat with brown fur trim. Underneath Kate wore a MaxMara dress and completed her look with a brown hat and drop-pearl earrings.

Kate and her brother-in-law Prince Harry looked on as William, in a grey suit and pink tie, was an usher for friends Laura Bechtolsheimer, an Olympic gold medallist, and professional polo player Mark Tomlinson.



Kate Middleton



Bride Laura, who fittingly arrived at the chapel by horse-drawn carriage, tweeted her excitement on Tuesday before she jetted off to her snowy wedding location.

"Horses all gave me a great final pre-married life ride! Off to Switzerland now to get into wedding mode..eeek! #grown up."



Prince William

Kate, William and Harry were surrounded by snow at the church in the picturesque resort in eastern Switzerland. The chilly temperatures didn't stop the group beaming as Laura and Mark left the church and the Duchess tossed a handful of white confetti in the air before heading to the reception at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel.

The royal trio were spotted walking the snowy slopes of Arosa on Friday. Kate hid her baby bump beneath a fake fur jacket and wore her hair in loose curls. She held a toboggan as she walked in the snow with friends, and was seen chatting and laughing.





Having attended William and Kate's wedding in 2011, the two couples have been friends for a long time. Having played polo together since a young age William is also close to Mark's parents Simon and Claire Tomlinson who own the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.

Laura, whose grandfather is German billionaire and property magnate Karl Heinz-Kipp, won a team gold and individual bronze for Team GB at last summer's Olympics. Old Etonian Mark proposed to Laura three weeks after her medal-winning success, on horse Alf, after three years of dating.  and were introduced by her brother Goetz..

 



The 28-year-old joked that her horse Alf was still her "number one." But that since agreeing to be Mark's wife "the gap has diminished!"

Laura has revealed that she spends the little time she gets off from training with Mark. "My time off involves being a polo Wag and following him around," she says, laughing. "We spend every day together in the summer, but when he is in Argentina [for the polo seasons, from March to May and September to December] we have to rely on visiting each other when we can."

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