Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry to greet Olympic torch

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit Bacon's College on July 26, 2012 in London, England. Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Bacon's College and launched the 'Coach Core' Programme, a partnership between their Foundation and Greenhouse. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool

Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit Bacon's College on July 26, 2012, in London.
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(CBS News) Prince William, his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and brother Prince Harry are getting into the Olympic spirit, one day before the kickoff of the London Games.

The three young royals are set to greet the Olympic torch Thursday during a handover at Buckingham Palace.

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The Olympic flame is in on the second-to-last day of its tour through the United Kingdom. Now in London, it will pass famous landmarks during Thursday's relay, including the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and 10 Downing Street.

The torch will end its 70-day journey on Friday, lighting the Olympic Stadium's cauldron in a ceremony marking the start of the 2012 London Games.

Earlier Thursday, William and Kate, both 30, and Harry, 27, visited Bacon's College in London to launch the "Coach Core" program, a partnership between their foundation and the Greenhouse charity. The men were casually dressed in white button-down shirts and jeans, while Kate donned a white and gray "Wessex" dress from Hobbs that costs 35 pounds ($55) but has already sold out, the Daily Mail notes. Beige wedge heels completed her look.

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The three royals spoke with children and watched demonstrations of judo, basketball, soccer and table tennis during the visit, even participating in some of the sports themselves. Kate tried her hand at table tennis, while William reportedly tried to kick a soccer goal but missed on both attempts (he later blamed the misses on his shoes, according to the Daily Mail).

"Over the next month, the eyes of the world will be on Great Britain. For us to hold the Olympic and the Paralympic Games here in London is a great moment for our nation, which itself is steeped in sporting history," William said at a speech during the event, the Mirror reports.

"Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight - the expression 'giraffe on ice' springs to mind. However, it is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet," he added, referencing Harry's "race" against Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt during a visit to Jamaica earlier this year. "Catherine, on the other hand, with a tennis racket or a hockey stick is something to behold and be aware of."

William, Kate and Harry are ambassadors for Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams, and will attend a number of events during the course of the London Games. They are among the royals expected to attend Friday's opening ceremony, along with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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