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Duchess Kate joins the Queen, Prince William and Prince Harry to welcome Olympic and Paralympic heroes

Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon
Sophie Vokes-DudgeonHead of Digital
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The Queen was joined by her grandsons Prince William andPrince Harry, and her elegant granddaughter-in-law Kate as she hosted a reception at BuckinghamPalace to honour the Olympic and Paralympic heroes on Tuesday night.

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They royals mingled with many of the stars of the Rio 2016Olympic games, circulating the palace's State Rooms, discussing victories and congratulating the athletes on their successes.


Kate and William meet Olympic heroes© Photo: PA

 Kate stunned in Alexander McQueen, wearing a floor-lengthwhite gown emblazoned with patriotic red poppies.

The Princess Royal, who is president of the British OlympicAssociation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, also joinedthe celebrations, as did Prince Andrew.

 The Queen looked splendid in green as she greeted BritishPrime Minister Theresa May.

Sporting stars including boxer Nicola Adams, diver Tom Daley, and swimmerEllie Simmonds looked delighted to be chatting to their royal admirers. MoFarah, Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny were absent from the event. Laura and Jason are currently on their honeymoon, so were also forced to miss parades in Manchester and London today.

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The Queen, who previously praised the Team GB squad for the "magnificent" performance in Rio, hosted a similar celebration after London 201

Although Kate, William and Harry were not able to attend the events in Rio this summer, they did record a video wishing the athletes the best of luck at the games.

Kate wears Alexander McQueen at the palace© Photo: PA

"Our athletes are an inspiration to us all and we need the whole country to get behind them and cheer them on as they take to the world stage," said Harry.

William added: "We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world and we can't wait to cheer on our athletes together this time in Rio."

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