No brother or sister for Prince George - yet
Kate Middletown dashed rumours of second pregnancy as she sipped wine and joined William on a white-knuckle water ride
Published 13/04/2014 | 10:08
SHE may be planning a brother or sister for Britain's Prince George, but Kate Middleton put paid to any suggestion she might already be pregnant as she drank wine and went on a white-knuckle water ride today.
The Duke of Cambridge set the rumour mill going on Saturday when he told woman who made a shawl for Prince George that she might have to make another one.
But it seems any plans for a second child are some way off following an action-packed day for the Duchess.
After flying to New Zealand’s South Island, the Duke and Duchess went to one of the world’s adventure capitals, Queenstown, for a 50mph jet boat ride through a spectacular canyon.
The owners of the Shotover Jet, which operates on the Shotover river, tell passengers not to board the ride if they are pregnant.
The warning clearly did not apply, as the royal couple beamed with excitement as they passed inches from the sides of the ravine at breathtaking speed and span through 360 degree turns in the aquatic equivalent of rallying.
After changing into showerproof tops and donning lifejackets in a changing area, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats.
They waved for souvenir photographs - which were given to them afterwards - and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.
By the time they returned 20 minutes later, the couple were slightly damp but clearly exhilarated.
Wayne Paton, 43, who piloted the boat, said: "They loved it, the Prince wanted me to go closer to the rocks, he said 'you can go closer than that' I was surprised at that.
"There were some screams but not from them. It didn't seem to phase him at all he was right into it and so was the Duchess.
"They didn't even get too wet, there was just a little bit of spray.
“He seemed to know a lot about the boats, because the Duchess was saying it was very shallow and he was saying ‘You only need this much water’ and holding his fingers apart to show 10 centimetres, which is the draft of the boat when it’s moving.”
When they got off the boat they met children from Arrowtown Primary School, where the Duke had been due to visit in 2005 when his aircraft was unable to land because of fog.
The Duke asked the children: “Have you been on the boat? When they said it was fast I didn’t realise it was quite that fast! It got really close to the rocks.”
The Duchess said: “We didn’t get wet, but the people on the outside seemed to get a lot more wet.”
Earlier in the day, the Duchess sampled several varieties of New Zealand wine on a visit to the Amisfield vineyard near Queenstown and took a tumble when she stumbled and nearly fell over her 4inch wedges.
She told vintners she was “really enjoying being able to drink again after having baby George”.
Hannah Armstrong, from Mudhouse Wines, said: "Kate said she hadn't drunk whilst pregnant with George and although she doesn't drink much she was really enjoying the odd glass."
Kate, 32, tried a couple of glasses of Aurum pinot gris and Remarkable dry Riesling.
Miss Armstrong, 28, said: "Kate said she doesn't drink much but William likes his wine.
"I said 'And of course Harry!', she laughed and agreed."
John Darby, owner of Amisfield, showed the royal couple round the vineyard - where the Duchess looked unsteady on the rough ground in her Russell and Bromley cork wedges, and slipped at one point, grabbing her husband’s arm to steady herself.
Mr Darby told them: "When it gets very cold we use helicopters to stop the frost over the vines by hovering above and stirring up the cold air."
The Duke exclaimed: "You're joking?! That's an expensive way to do it! Wow! If you ever need a spare pilot, I'm here!
"But we should stop talking and start drinking."
The Duchess took took a small sip of wine before handing the glass to the Duke’s private secretary Miguel Head, telling him to "enjoy it".
Mr Darby said: "The Duchess did take a little sip - but I don't think she's a big drinker. I think the Duchess was more interested in the gardening - she seemed quite knowledgeable in the pruning aspect of the vines.
Michelle Morpeth, of Wooing Tree vineyard, said the Duchess preferred white wine but had a sip of red from the Duke's glass.
She said: "Kate said her husband was the wine expert and she always followed his advice - and that he was normally right.
“We also talked about the fact 2013 was an excellent vintage and they should keep a magnum of 2013 wine to drink at George's 21st birthday.
"Kate seemed really keen on that and thought it was a nice idea."
Claire Mulholland, from Burnt Cottage vineyard, said: "They were saying how much fun George had at his playdate last week with the other babies.
"I asked if he had been out much but they said he hadn't because of the bad weather."
By Gordon Rayner, Telegraph.co.uk