Kate's Latest Accessory: A Hockey Stick

Duchess of Cambridge, Hockey Player
Duchess of Cambridge plays hockey with the GB hockey teams at London's Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park
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updated 03/15/2012 AT 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 03/15/2012 AT 10:30 AM EDT

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off something new Thursday during a surprise visit to London's Olympic Park – hockey skills.

Kate, 30, who played hockey in school and even served as her high school's team captain, joined in the game with players from Team GB, as part of her role as ambassador to the British squads.

Confessing to pre-game jitters, she said, "This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn't play ball."

Donning coral pink jeans and grey GB sweatshirt and Adidas sneakers, Kate finally scored a goal after three or four attempts.

"Wow, that was no pressure then," Kate said – somewhat sarcastically. "I was determined to keep on going until I scored."

Kate's Latest Accessory: A Hockey Stick| Camilla, The British Royals, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince William

From left: Camilla, Kate and Prince Charles at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, in London

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The last time she was seen in public with a hockey stick in hand was during last summer's tour of Canada, and back then she didn't dare shoot a puck. That she left to husband William.

Later Thursday – after a quick outfit change into a grey Orla Kiely dress and black pumps – Kate spent time with her in laws, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where she was introduced to The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts.

Greeted by 150 cheering school children waving Union Jack flags, the royal trio met with the children, teachers and artists involved in the charity, which aims to help disadvantaged children relate to art.

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