The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a trip to Northern Ireland on Wednesday – 24 hours after the royals stunned on the red carpet in London at the world premiere of the new James Bond movie No Time To Die. Kate, 39 and William, 39 spoke to students at Ulster University before meeting those involved in the new cross community sporting initiative in Londonderry.
Never shy to get involved, the royal couple demonstrated their football and rugby credentials during a trip to the City of Derry Rugby Club.
Kate and William treated the watching students to a royal sports day and pictures show the couple outside booting a football on the grass and drop-kicking a rugby ball.
Kensington Palace has since released a side-by-side action shot of Kate and William kicking a yellow football with their right foot.
The pictures were accompanied by the caption: “Who has the better technique…?”
The post sparked much debate on the social media platform from royal fans – and even former Number 10 “Spin Doctor” Alastair Campbell.
Several users responded to tweet from the Cambridges’ account and many insisted Kate came out on top.
Alastair Campbell tweeted: “She does! More natural talent there. He is ok but forcing it.”
Royal Analysis tweeted: “Not even a question.” This was sent alongside a moving image of Kate.”
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After displaying his sporting prowess, William hailed the power of sport in bringing the community of Northern Ireland together.
The Duke described the Sport Uniting Communities initiative as “inspirational”.
The project is a collaboration between the Irish Football Association, Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association and Ulster Rugby and aims to promote peace and reconciliation.
The Duke said: “I think seeing the communities come together and being able to work together, play together, have fun together, is really important – it’s a really strong message.
“Just well done with all the efforts, all the coaching, all the hard work that’s been put in.
“The back of a pandemic is not the easiest time to be doing all this but hopefully it’s refocused minds to what’s important in life, so what you’re doing here is truly inspirational, so keep up the good work.”
Earlier in the action-packed day, the royal couple were treated to some local delicacies, with a measure of Whiskey for William and half a pint of Guinness for Kate.
They also reconnected with a group of student nurses from Ulster university who they had previously spoken to via a video call in February.
Later on, the Duchess put on a brave face as she handled a tarantula spider called Charlotte, while William joked their son George would be upset he had missed it as he met a snake.
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