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Jay Z, Beyonce meet Kate and Wills

Jay Z and Beyonce have rubbed shoulders with royalty when they met t he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a New York basketball match.

The rap mogul and his wife chatted to William and Kate during a break in the game between local team the Brooklyn Nets, supported by the musical couple, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Despite the poor performance of Jay Z's team, who eventually lost 110 - 88, the two couples - who sat opposite each other in courtside seats - were all smiles during a break before the final quarter of the contest.

Kate dressed casually for the night at the basketball match and looked chic in a grey coat by US designer Tory Burch, skinny jeans and heels, while Beyonce wore a polka dot top and figure-hugging skirt.

William, known to be a fan of R&B, dance and rap music, must have relished meeting the Holy Grail rapper.

The Duke and Duchess were dwarfed by US basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo when they hung out with the hoop star before last night's match.

They met the towering former basketball star, who has been named one of United for Wildlife's ambassadors, ahead of a dinner in the Brooklyn Nets' boardroom held to mark a new partnership between their Royal Foundation's United for Wildlife and Coach Core programmes and the National Basketball Association's (NBA) global social responsibility initiative.

The royal couple also met four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and double Olympian LeBron James before he took to the court.

LeBron presented the couple with Cavaliers jerseys, a maroon one for Prince George that said "George 1" on the back and a yellow top emblazoned with the words "Cambridge 7".

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