The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played football, drank beer and ate chocolate at the first-ever Cambridgeshire County Day at Newmarket Racecourse on Thursday afternoon
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a pint and played football at Newmarket Racecourse as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Kate Middleton and Prince William appeared to be in happy spirits as they attended the first-ever Cambridgeshire County Day on Thursday afternoon.
Thousands of people raised money for charity on the day of celebrations, which included races, performances and more than 100 stalls, but it was Kate and Prince William who stole the show.
Kate, dressed in a patterned dress and nude wedges, was seen excitedly kicking a football at a goal in front of an impressed crowd. Before attempting it, Kate told the crowd it would be difficult since she was wearing “wedges.”
After firing a shot, the Duchess shook hands with a boy who had played in front of her and said: “You did better than me.”
Not to be outdone, Prince William has also tried boldly, although he has donned a navy blue suit and suede shoes.
The pair were then seen sipping a cold beer to cool off while chatting happily to several stallholders and also sampling chocolate.
The event featured stands from 120 exhibitors from Cambridgeshire’s businesses, charities, communities and public sector.
Kate spotted a woman holding a child and asked if she could hold her. The baby’s mother, Marianne Provoost, who has traveled from the Netherlands to watch the races, said the Duchess asked to hold her child, saying: “I love babies.”
Her daughter, four-month-old Norah, was returned to her and Ms Provoost told the Duchess: “Enjoy your day and enjoy your children.”
Kate and Prince William’s appearance at the event came on the same day they got caught up in a messy art session during a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
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Kate told one girl “don’t be shy” as she had her hand painted while they created a cute canvas full of handprints.
The couple spoke to families who use the charity’s services, including 12-year-old James Hall, who has a genetic connective tissue disorder.
Kate put her hand on James’ knee as she spoke to his mother Claire and older brother Henry.
The Duke and Duchess were then greeted by Kirsty and Gary Carlin, whose four-year-old daughter Libby slept on the floor next to them.
After learning of her rare genetic condition, Libby’s parents offered to wake their daughter before the Duke said, “Please don’t wake her.”
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“We know what happens when you wake a sleeping child,” Kate added.
Earlier this morning both William and Kate were at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to unveil a newly commissioned dazzling royal portrait – the first of them together as a couple.
The public can see the portrait for three years at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, after which the artwork will be displayed in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire.
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