Kate Middleton dazzles as stars turn out to support Olympic Games at galaReported by Metro.co.uk on Saturday, 12 May 2012 (on May 12, 2012)
*Kate Middleton stole the show on the red carpet last night as celebrities turned out in their droves to support the Olympic gala Our Great Team Rises.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed to impress at the Olympic gala Our Great Team Rises (Picture: Alastair Grant/Getty)
The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the countdown to the Olympic Games.
Deviating from her usual tumbling hair style, Kate sported a plaited updo which conveniently showed off the intricate detailing on her teal gown by Jenny Packham, one of her favourite designers.
She accessorised her glamourous ensemble with a matching clutch, diamond drop earrings and the same Jimmy Choo heels she wore to a private dinner earlier in the week.
Kate wore her hair up, presumably to show off the intricate detailing on her stunning gown (Picture: : XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM)
Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, Jayne Torvill and Denise Lewis OBE were also at the black tie event, as was Dame Kelly Holmes.
Dressed to the nines, Kelly joked: 'Well you have got to make a bit of an effort when those two are here.'
Inside, Prince William was on fine form and referred to himself as a 'mere mortal' when he took centre stage to address the 3,000 guests.
Prince William joked about his sporting prowess in his speech (Picture: Alastair Gran/Getty)
'Naturally, I was asked to compete for Team GB in every sport, but sadly Lord Coe said there were London pigeons with more athletic prowess than me,' he smiled.
'Anyway to adapt a famous phrase from Sir Steve Regrave, if you see me in a pair of Speedos during the Olympics, shoot me!'
On a more serious note, he added: 'These Games remind us of the power of the human spirit and human endeavour.
'You, our Olympians and Paralympians, will inspire people up and down this country, and far beyond its borders.
Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes were just two of the many celebrities in attendance (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty )
'For the athletes of Our Greatest Team, these Games mark the pinnacle of your sporting careers.
'I can only imagie it… competing at home, in front of your countrymen and women, with the eyes of the entire world upon you. A dream come true.
'For all of us mere mortals - and I include my brother, Harry, still droning on about beating Usain - it never counted as it was a false start…
'This is a lifetime opportunity. We will witness an exceptional moment in our island history. The mood in London will be electric, ecstatic, amazing. I just can't simply wait.'
Former Spice Girl Mel C was excited to meet Kate (Picture: XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM)
Dame Kelly Holmes made a special effort (Picture: XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM)
Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm was also gushing about the Royals and their Olympic input: 'I'm a big fan of William and Kate.
'I met William with the other Spice Girls when he was quite a young guy but I've yet to meet his lovely wife.
'It's wonderful they're ambassadors for Team GB. They bring a lot of attention.
'It's a real inspiration for the athletes to know that they have them and the country behind them.'
Mel C joined Gary Barlow, Will Young, Kimberley, Alfie Boe and renowned violinist Charlie Siem on stage at the event.
John Bishop co-hosted the event with Davina McCall (Picture: Yui Mok/PA)
Davina cut a trim figure on the red carpet (Picture: XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM)
Davina McCall and comic John Bishop hosted the event, which had a menu created by Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone.
Bishop had the audience, including the royal couple, in stitches as he said afterwards: 'I am probably the only person from my estate to have stood next to royalty.
'I mean I have got a few mates who have drunk in the Duke of Cambridge but I have never stood next to one.'
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh performed the official Games track One RISES with Alfie Boe at the event (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty)
Along with Prince Harry, William and Kate were formally announced as Official Team GB and Paralympics GB 2012 Ambassadors in December last year.
Sir Steve Redgrave said last night of Wills and Kate: 'Our country is a royalist country so having their support behind us is incredibly important.
'It makes a huge impact, not just here but around the world.'
PICTURES: More images from the Olympic Gala at the Royal Albert Hall
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