Kate and William go head-to-head in boat race during Germany visit

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Kate and William renewed their friendly sporting rivalry today as they faced off in a competitive boat race during a visit to the picturesque German city of Heidelberg.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the waters of the River Neckar and were both charged with steering their respective boats. 

Following an earlier visit to a British-German food market, Kate made a quick change out of a yellow lace dress and wedges and into a nautical blue and white striped top, jeans and trainers.

Heidelberg, a university city in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, south-west Germany, is twinned with Cambridge in the UK.


Kate and William were awarded medals and enjoyed a drink of Heidelberger beer (Reuters)

William, who wore a pale blue shirt, trousers and trainers, emerged victorious despite a strong performance from competitive Kate, who smiled and waved to spectators after crossing the finish line.

She was pictured smiling and laughing as she shook hands with one of her teammates ahead of the race.


William celebrates after his team win the race (PA)

The royal couple were awarded medals and enjoyed a stein of Heidelberger beer.

Kate and William then took a walk through the streets of the historic centre of Heidelberg with Baden-Wuerttemberg’s State Premier Winfried Kretschmann and his wife Gerlinde, Heidelberg’s Mayor Eckart Wuerzner and his wife Janine.


Kate and William share an embrace in Heidelberg (Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge carried a small posy of flowers as they took a walk through the crowds. 

Earlier, William and Kate were seen in fits of laughter as they tried their hand at making pretzels during their visit to the food market in the city, which is overlooked by the ruins of a famous castle.

This evening they will attend a Berlin reception in the mirrored hall of Clarchens Ballroom opened in 1913.

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