The bicyclists of the Tour de France 2014 got a royal send-off and many couldn’t stop smiling when they were greeted by the beautiful Kate Middleton.
Wearing an elegant emerald green coat dress with nude heels, the 32-year-old Duchess marked the official start of the 2,277-mile race by cutting a white ribbon at Harewood House in Leeds, England on Saturday, July 5.
She was accompanied by her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry. Kate and William didn’t bring their 11-month-old son Prince George at the event. The royals greeted riders such as British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who wasn’t very lucky as he crashed his bike later in the day. Cavendish crashed his bike just 250 meters from the finishing line and was taken to the hospital with an injured shoulder, reported The Guardian. The crash was witnessed by the three royals.
According to the BBC, there were thousands of spectators at the venue and a brass band performed the UK’s national anthem, reported Harrogate Adviser newspaper.
The bicyclists, who are participating in the 101st Tour de France, are set to travel across the UK, Belgium and Spain and end the race at the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France on July 27.
Meanwhile, recently a tabloid reported that Kate has been engaged in a feud with the Queen.
The Life & Style magazine published on its July 14 issue that Kate is being “tormented by the Queen”, and she “leaves the palace for good”. The publication also claimed that Kate is enduring bullying for months about her overspending, parenting techniques and wardrobe malfunctions.
According to a source, Kate has been feuding with the 88-year-old monarch ever since she got married to William in 2011. The insider claimed that the Queen feels embarrassed by Kate as she still acts like a “commoner”.
The source further claimed that the Queen criticized Kate when she refurbished the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall house in Norfolk which was estimated at £1.5million. The renovations include £500,000 to replace roof tiles and another £500,000 to landscape the front lawn. And if that isn’t enough, it’s been reported that Kate now wants to replace all the fireplaces at the mansion, which isn’t making the Queen any happier.
This is in spite that Kate and William are currently staying at their official residence 20-room apartment in Kensington Palace, which was renovated at an estimated £2.6 million. The Queen isn’t fond of being flashy as she thinks that Kate’s overspending doesn’t make her and the royals look good especially when you keep on splashing millions of tax payers’ money on redecorations.
In addition, Kate is reportedly thinking to move her family to the countryside estate away from their official residence, the royal family and the Buckingham Palace. This totally against the Queen’s wishes as she feels that it’s important for Kate, Prince William and their son Prince George to stay in London.
However, the Palace has refuted the allegations and said there’s “no truth” to these rumors.