Duchess Kate

Duchess Kate plays volleyball in platform wedges, shows off physique 

Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM ET

epa03914643 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gets involved with a game of volleyball inside the Copperbox at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London...
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The Duchess of Cambridge plays a game of volleyball at an Olympic Park charity event, where she showed off her sense of style and a post-baby physique.

At her first solo appearance since giving birth three months ago, the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, turned heads at a charity sports event Friday where she played volleyball in a pair of skinny jeans and five-inch platform wedges.

Observers weren’t just noting her spiking techniques, however, but the taut tummy she flashed at one point while reaching up for the ball. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays volleyball during her visit to a Sportaid Athlete Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Oly...
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The duchess played volleyball during her visit to a SportsAid Athlete Workshop.

Although the accidental midriff reveal impressed (and drew gasps from) adults around the world, the young athletes playing beside Duchess Kate were far more impressed by her sense of style on the court.

"She was playing in heels. Whoever plays in heels is amazing,” 16-year-old volleyball player Grace Lazard told the Press Association.

The royal took part in the game as part of an Olympic Park workshop for SportsAid, a youth organization of which she is a patron. In addition to those Stuart Weitzman wedge heels, she also wore a navy jacket over a striped Ralph Lauren top and blue jeans while touring the facility and meeting with fencers and other athletes.

The sporting event was Kate’s first appearance alone, although she has been seen publicly several times since the July 22 birth of Prince George. Most recently, she and Prince William attended an awards dinner for the wildlife conservation charity, Tusk Trust.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2-L) speaks with athletes during a trip to the SportsAid Athlete Workshop in the Copper Box at the Queen El...
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Duchess Kate speaks with athletes during a trip to the SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Next week she will make headlines again at the Oct. 23 christening of Prince George. The royal family is expected to issue photographs from the private ceremony following the event.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs after participating in a volleyball game during a trip to the SportsAid Athlete Workshop in the Coppe...
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The Duchess of Cambridge laughs after participating in a volleyball game during a trip to the SportsAid Athlete Workshop.

A day later, the duchess also will host a charity gala at her newly renovated apartment in Kensington Palace. The reception and dinner will benefit 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a non-profit organization that counts the duke and duchess, as well as Prince Harry, among its patrons.

Duchess Kate drew attention for her postpartum physique from the moment she appeared in public with her new son the day after giving birth to him in a polka-dotted dress that clearly revealed her baby tummy. 

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