Winning a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in London was doubly special for Aled Davies.
After all, Prince William's wife of 16 months, Kate Middleton, 30, presented the Brit with his well-deserved prize during the award ceremony for the Men's Discus Throw at Olympic Stadium September 2. "Was lovely to meet the Duchess! Was an honor!" the 21-year-old athlete tweeted. "Such a lovely person! Crazy to think I'm a Paralympic champion!"
Davies was born with hemimelia of the right leg, which means that its functionality is limited due to missing bones and no muscle growth. "It was a tough competition, but I dug deep," he told the BBC of his gold-medal-winning performance. Davies also won the bronze medal in the F42/44 shot put August 31.
Middleton, who is acting as a Team Great Britain ambassador at the 2012 Paralympic Games, wore a patterned scarf and dark blazer and skirt for the occasion. She and William, 30, will soon tour the South Pacific as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, celebrating her 60 years on the throne.
"The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to the tour," the couple's personal private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, recently told Us Weekly. The royal couple will kick things off in Singapore September 11.
During their eight-day trip, the spouses "will wear traditional garb at some of the dinners," Lowther-Pinkerton told Us. At times, "their dress will reflect local customs."