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Duke of Cambridge defeats Duchess in German boat race

The notoriously competitive Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went head to head once again as they coxed opposing rowing teams on the River Neckar in Heidelberg, Germany yesterday as part of their royal visit to the country.

The UK’s Press Association news agency said that the Duchess was heard joking “no pressure, but I do want to beat my husband” with her crew before the race began. It’s possible Kate was thinking about the fact that the competition would be the third that the couple have participated in as part of a royal tour and a tiebreaker as they have each claimed a victory in the past.

Previously the sporty royal couple faced off in a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island which saw Prince William take the win during their first royal visit to Canada, following their wedding in 2011, and a yacht race in Auckland in which the Duchess of Cambridge triumphed during their royal visit to New Zealand in 2014.

Both commanding crews of rowers from Heidelberg and its twin city in the UK, Cambridge, it was Prince William who ultimately claimed victory. However, the royal captains and all participants on their teams received medals in a post-race ceremony. They were also treated to a refreshing beer from a beer barrel tapped by the Duke himself.

William and Kate arrived in Berlin, Germany on 19 July with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte following a two-day royal visit to Poland. They travelled from Berlin yesterday to the southwest of the country to visit the historic university city of Heidelberg where they spent the morning before the boat race touring a German Cancer Research Centre and learning to make pretzels at a traditional German market in the city centre.

Following the race the couple returned to Berlin to attend a reception at Clärchens Ballhaus.

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