A huge roar erupted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with just 7 minutes and 14 seconds left in the third quarter of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game -- and it wasn't because of anything either team had done: The royal couple arrived. About a dozen people escorted Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William to their front row seats -- directly across from Beyoncé and Jay Z -- even as players on the Nets continued to dribble down the court Monday.
The applause that greeted the Royal Couple was raucous -- far louder than for LeBron's introduction or any part of the game. Of course, Middleton was sporting one of the most trendy fashion accessories of 2014: a baby bump. For the big game, the Duchess also wore a $595 tweed Tory Burch coat, black pants and black heels, Us Weekly wrote. For the prince’s courtside fashion, William wore a red and blue-checkered shirt, brown belt and navy blue pants.
The moment practically everyone was waiting for occurred when the third quarter ended. The King and Queen of hip-hop, otherwise known as Jay Z and Beyoncé, strutted across the court to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couples shook hands -- no bows or curtsys -- and had a lively chat that was captured by people in the stands who had whipped out their cellphone cameras. Some of the photos were posted to Twitter.
— Ashley Alese Edwards (@AshleyAlese) December 9, 2014
THE THRONES MEET: William & Kate formally meet Beyoncé and Jay-Z... and there are as many cameras as you'd expect pic.twitter.com/S8vOp2Qwyf
— Davecember (@redletterdave) December 9, 2014
Before the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William, the game had been close. But the Cavaliers upped their energy and pulled ahead of the Nets: King James was able to rule in front the royals!
The Royal Couple’s arrival at the Barclays Center came hours after Eric Garner protesters staged a “die-in” outside of the Brooklyn basketball court. James practiced with a T-shirt that read “I can’t breathe,” in memory of Garner. It’s a phrase that has been echoed by demonstrators since a grand jury did not indict Daniel Pantaleo, a white officer, for the chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man.
Peter Goodman contributed to this report.
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