Queen Elizabeth II and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed Olympic and Paralympic medalists to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for a reception in their honor.}
The event was held because the queen wanted to say a personal thank you to the athletes for their achievements at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this past summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Kate, 30, donned a black dress by Alice Temperley with sheer sleeves and white embroidered flowers for the reception. The athletes wore their official Team Great Britain formal wear of suits, which reportedly include a special inside pocket for their medals.
"Coming here to Buckingham Palace to celebrate a home Games is also special because so many of the Royal Family came out to watch us," said para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson, who won his 10th Paralympic gold medal at the Games, along with a silver and bronze, the Mirror reports.
Other royals at Tuesday's event reportedly included Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, and Princess Anne and her daughter, Zara Phillips, who won a silver medal in the team Olympic equestrian competition.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was also on hand to congratulate the athletes, as was Lord Sebastian Coe, who served as chairman of the organizing committee for the London Games.
The Daily Mail reports that Cameron was asked about when the queen appeared to parachute into the Olympics opening ceremony with James Bond (Daniel Craig). He said it was "extremely courageous" of the monarch to take part and that the segment was "one of the highlights, not just for Britain, but for the world."
"To me, Her Majesty the Queen and James Bond are the two coolest things about Britain," he added.
The Duchess of Cambridge was an ambassador for Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams, as was her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law Prince Harry. The trio was spotted frequently in the stands cheering on British athletes throughout the Summer Games.