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Harry’s date on the beach

London: Being royals, there will, of course, be horses. For the Duke of Cambridge, there will be football. For the Duchess, hockey. And as for Prince Harry, he gets to see the beach volleyball.

A packed diary of Olympic engagements for the younger members of the Royal Family was announced on Monday, in which the two Princes and the Duchess will be attending events on almost every day of the Games.

From cheering on their cousin Zara Phillips in the three-day event to watching the men’s 100m final, the three royals, who are official ambassadors for Team GB, will have their pick of the events: and all without having to get lucky in a ballot or buy tickets from a German website.

Their schedule starts with all three attending a reception at Buckingham Palace for visiting heads of state on Friday, followed by the opening ceremony.

Their attendance at the Games proper begins with Prince William watching the equestrian events at Greenwich where Zara, like her mother and father before her, will be representing Britain. He will be joined by his wife and his brother on the Monday and Tuesday when they will watch the medals presentation.

The only other time all three will be together will be to visit the Athletes’ Village and then to watch the athletics on Sunday.

The Duke and the Duchess will also watch the tennis at Wimbledon and the swimming. After the weekend, however, the Duchess will be on her own as Prince William has to return to Anglesey for work.

A keen hockey player at school, the Duchess will be watching the British women’s hockey sessions at least once, and again if they progress.

While St James's Palace said that all the arrangements were provisional, the Duchess also has plans to visit Weymouth for the sailing, and the Olympic Park for the synchronised swimming and the men's 10m diving, where Tom Daley is in strong contention for a medal.

Prince Harry will watch the women’s beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade, including the gold medal match. Having tried his hand at the sport during a visit to Rio de Janeiro this year, he will be able to watch the match with the seasoned eye of a connoisseur.

During the Games, Prince Harry, who will attend the Closing Ceremony with his sister-in-law, and also watch the 10m diving, will attend seven events. The Duke of Cambridge will attend eight, and the Duchess up to 11.