Royal fans delighted as Kate Middleton replaces Prince Harry in major royal role

Royal fans have reacted to the news that Kate Middleton would replace a key role formerly held by Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Cambridge was set to take over the role last month, with an appointment "imminent".

News of the new Patron of England's Rugby Football League role for Kate sees her clash with husband Prince William, a patron of the Welsh Rugby League.

The competitive part for Kate comes in an official announcement from the official KensingtonRoyal Twitter page.

In the announcement, Kate, tweeting from the Kensington Royal account said: "I am so delighted to become patron of the @RFL and @EnglandRugby."

She continued: "Two fantastic organisations who are committed to harnessing the power that sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals flourish.

"I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games, and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports!"

Praise for the Duke of Cambridge flooded in, with many tweets in support of the newly acquired role in rugby.

One user tweeted: "Well done Catherine looking forward to watching you grow in this role you will be a fantastic asset to the England team."

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More tributes and praise flooded in under the initial announcement, with the Rugby Football League account welcoming the new patron, saying they were "looking forward to working" with Kate.

Another user tweeted: "My favourite person is now the patron of my favourite sport???? did not expect to wake up so BLESSED today."

The announcement was accompanied by a video of the Duchess of Cambridge twirling a rugby ball, which garnered much praise for her and the sport.

One user wrote: "Love the short video especially the ball spinning," while another said that the new role was "so well deserved for our Sporty Duchess".

Kate is reportedly a lifelong fan of the sport, and the appointment has garnered attention and praise from online royal fans.

One tweeted: "Brilliant news as you are a lifelong fan of England, your grandmother would be happy. I hope today will be used to promote how great rugby is."

Another fan was excited at the competitive nature between Kate and husband Prince William, saying: "The next Wales vs England match is going to be interesting in your household. Love this and naturally the competition it will bring."

The newfound competitive nature between the two patrons of England and Welsh rugby has excited fans.

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