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‘Finally something I can do while pregnant’: Kate Middleton shows off razor-sharp reflexes in agility test

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid performs a cognitive testing programme at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid performs a cognitive testing programme at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
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Mum-to-be Kate Middleton took part in a real life game of ‘Bop It’ at a sports event last night.

The Duchess met young athletes who hope to compete for Britain at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo at an event hosted by SportsAid yesterday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets potential young athletes at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets potential young athletes at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets potential young athletes in a humidity tank at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid performs a cognitive testing programme at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets potential young athletes including Emma Allen from Southampton at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets wheelchair athlete Sheikh Sheikh at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid meets potential young athletes at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory on November 12, 2014 in West London, England. (Photo by David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate, who is Patron of the SportsAid charity, was in flying form at the athlete workshop event held at the GSK Human Performance Lab in West London.

According to reports, the Duchess, who is around four months pregnant with her second child, expressed frustration at not being able to join in the exercise routines that were being demonstrated.

Organisers asked her if she would like to try an exercise which tests mental agility, a challenge she accepted.

"Finally, something I can do while I am pregnant," she laughed, as she was told Formula 1 driver Jensen Button was one of the last people to take the test.

She took a series of four tests—increasing in difficulty—designed by a neuroscientist Barry O’Neill, that required her to tap colored circles on a large screen in rapid quick fire succession.

O’Neill expressed admiration for Kate, stating, "She actually did very well for a woman of her age. I’m not being rude, I must stress, but your reflexes do decrease every decade you age.”

Kate met Olympic swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, golfer Marcus Penge, and wheelchair athlete David Weir, as well as many other potential Olympians and Paralympians.

For the occasion, the stylish 32-year-old wore a knee length belted dress by Goat (€570) black opaque tights and flat riding boots.

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