Kate Middleton is a keen fan of Welsh Rugby

According to the Express, English rose Kate Middleton has defected to Wales:

“William takes a very active interest in Welsh rugby and Kate ended up closely following their fortunes with him during the recent World Cup. She has pretty much been converted into a Wales fan when it comes to rugby.”

Prince Harry is a passionate England fan and Princess Anne follows Scotland. Her daughter Zara Phillips is married to former England captain Mike Tindall.

It’s funny how Scottish Rugby have a Scottish anthem, despite Princess Anne being the Patron of the SRU; Welsh Rugby have a Welsh anthem, even though Queen Elizabeth II is the Patron of the WRU and Prince William is the Vice Royal Patron of the WRU, but; English rugby sings God Save the Queen because “Prince Harry is our vice patron and we think that is the appropriate anthem to use and our member clubs agree“.

That doesn’t explain why the British anthem appropriate for England but not for Scotland and Wales?

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  1. Bob the Scouser says:

    The Welsh are welcome to the Royals as long as England gets an anthem, a parliament, and her indepndence.

    England forever Britain never (courtesy of Shaun the Brummie)

  2. John Seabrook says:

    Not sure if I’m listening too hard here, but I reckon I can hear ‘gwacious’ Queen’ and ‘ weign over us’ when the hooray Henry’s give full voice to the anthem at rugger internationals! A bit Elmer Fudd-like methinks. must be a Wugby thing.

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