Two royal couples were courtside for the Brooklyn Nets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, took in the game as part of their whirlwind visit to the East Coast, and met up with Jay Z and Beyonce in the process.
The royal couple met hip-hop's top twosome at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Jay Z, who recently expanded his Roc Nation management company into athletics, was instrumental in moving the former New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn and building the team's new arena in his hometown borough.
The NBA tweeted a photo of the couples sitting courtside (though not together), but the real media storm happened pre-game when Jay Z and Beyonce crossed the court to greet the royals.
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
William and Kate also posed for photographs before the game with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Jay Z's Nets ultimately lost the game to LeBron James and the Cavaliers 110 to 88, but when two of the most influential couples in the world come together like this, we all win.
"King James" even met with the royal couple to give them personalized Cavaliers jerseys, including one for the couple's one-year-old son Prince George.
The royals' arrival at Barclays came as demonstrators held a "die-in" outside the arena to protest the grand jury decision not to indict a New York City police officer for the choke-hold death of unarmed man Eric Garner. Several basketball players, including James, wore T-shirts printed with "I Can't Breathe," Garner's last words, during Monday's warm-ups. So far, the royals have had no comment about similar protests across the U.S.
Learn more about the royal couple's U.S. visit in the video below.
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