Prince Harry took a cheeky swipe at Australia’s cricket captain this week as he joined a group of talented sportsmen at Buckingham Palace alongside his grandmother Her Majesty the Queen.
The Duke of Sussex showed off his sense of humour, stoking the rivalry between Australia and England, with a hilarious dig at the Aussie great in the lead-up to the Cricket World Cup.
When greeting the captains of the 10 qualifying nations, Harry stopped in front of Aussie skipper Aaron Finch, prodding him about his age and whether he still had it in him.
“You’re getting on a bit now, aren’t you?” the Duke of Sussex joked, in a video shared online. “How long have you been playing for?”
To which the Aussie captain replied with a laugh: “32.”
Finch also shared a brief conversation with the Queen who was a little kinder with her comments, asking the cricketer whether he had played in England before as part of the international competition.
“Yes, I’ve been here quite a lot, it’s great,” the captain replied politely.
However, the Queen did not instil much confidence in the captain as she mentioned the terrible weather they’d been having.
“It’s raining,” she proclaimed. To which Finch replied: “Yeah, not great for cricket.”
After the formal greetings Queen Elizabeth II posed for an official portrait with all 10 captains from the qualifying teams, ahead of the start of the competition which takes place every four years. The 93-year-old sat front and centre for the shot with Finch sitting proudly to her right with a huge smile on his face.
The Queen and The Duke of Sussex met Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace ahead of the start of the tournament on Thursday. The tournament will feature the world’s top ten teams, nine of whom are from the Commonwealth. The participating nations include Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Captains met Her Majesty and His Royal Highness before joining a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
It was a busy day for the captains who also attended the Queen’s garden party. Her Majesty looked pretty in pink as she stepped out in a stunning ensemble, which she complemented with her statement black Launer handbag. Queen Elizabeth even matched her umbrella to her baby pink outfit, which featured a white trim to match her hat which was adorned with tiny pink and white berries.
Princess Beatrice and Eugenie also joined their grandmother for the special occasion in two gorgeous outfits. Beatrice, 30 made a statement in a bold crimson frock which featured a vibrant floral pattern in shades of blue and orange.
The dress fell below her knees and featured a tiered hem and ruffled sleeves. The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson completed the pretty look with a statement headband, in a similar shade of maroon, and a pair of pointed black court shoes.
While her younger sister Eugenie, 29, donned a similar headpiece, wearing a cream headband which featured delicate netting.
The youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, who tied the knot to long-term partner Jack Brooksbank last October, matched her fascinator perfectly to the pleated skirt of her wrap dress, which she paired with statement studded heels.