Sunday 4 December 2016

Kate Middleton channels Maid Marian at Bhutan archery tournament while rival team insult 'baldy' William

Sasha Brady

Published 15/04/2016 | 10:35

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, fires an arrow as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, looks on at the Changlingmethang National Archery ground in Thimphu during their visit to Bhutan on April 14, 2016. / (Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For her second day in Bhutan, the Duchess wore a colourful skirt - handwoven in the Himalayas by local weaver Kelzang Wangmo - paired with a Paul & Joe cape and Accessorize earrings.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose next to a prayer wheel on the trek up to Tiger's Nest during a visit to Bhutan on the 15th April 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with HM Jetsun Pema Wangchuck in front of monks in the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, she wore an embellished Tory Burch dress, an orange pashmina by Pickett London and sandals by Gianvito Rossi.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Taj Tashi hotel to attend a dinner with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan on April 14, 2015 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton channelled Maid Marian at an archery tournament in Bhutan on Thursday and the rival team had a few insulting chants for 'baldy' William.

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The royal couple looked hugely entertained by the group of female cheerleaders who led the chant to try put off the opponents.

It was only afterwards that an official told them that the group had been "singing obscenities".

Sonam Karma, a Bhutanese Olympic Committee official, was asked to translate and revealed the chant in English: "You're bald. You're a baldy. Your nose is really big. We hope your private parts are as big."

TOPSHOT - Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge(R)looks on as she watches Prince William, Duke of Cambridge prepare to fire an arrow at The Changlingmethang National Archery ground in Thimphu on April 14, 2016. (Photo ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge(R)looks on as she watches Prince William, Duke of Cambridge prepare to fire an arrow at The Changlingmethang National Archery ground in Thimphu on April 14, 2016. (Photo ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

It's tradition in Bhutan for women to sing chants to distract rival teams at sporting events.

The Duchess, dressed in a Bhutanese-inspired cream and purple embroidered two piece and cream Rupert Sanderson shoes, could be seen laughing and enjoying herself as she took part in the country's national sport.

Britain's Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, fires an arrow as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, looks on at the Changlingmethang National Archery ground in Thimphu during their visit to Bhutan on April 14, 2016. / (Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, fires an arrow as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, looks on at the Changlingmethang National Archery ground in Thimphu during their visit to Bhutan on April 14, 2016. / (Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

She watched, with a bemused look on her face, as William prepared his bow and arrow.

However, his two arrows overshot the target, heading for a road behind a grassy bank at Changlingmethang National Archery Ground in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu.

'Did that clear the bank? Because it looked like it did. I don't want to cause a crash,' William said after his unsuccessful attempt.

His second proved no more successful. “I hope I haven’t killed a driver or that man on the bridge,” he added.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge throws a dart during a Bhutanese sporting demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge throws a dart during a Bhutanese sporting demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Kate also took a turn with encouraging words from William, who addressed her fears: 'You'll be fine. You should try to shoot up in the air,'

But her first effort only went about 20 yards, falling near but not dangerously near the royal press pack. "Sorry," she said, through a nervous giggle.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For her second day in Bhutan, the Duchess wore a colourful skirt - handwoven in the Himalayas by local weaver Kelzang Wangmo - paired with a Paul & Joe cape and Accessorize earrings.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For her second day in Bhutan, the Duchess wore a colourful skirt - handwoven in the Himalayas by local weaver Kelzang Wangmo - paired with a Paul & Joe cape and Accessorize earrings.

Archery is hugely popular in Bhutan but injuries from rogue arrows hitting spectators are one of the most common reasons for people being admitted to hospital.

The royal couple arrived in the landlocked kingdom in the Himalayas on Thursday morning, as part of the second leg of their tour.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck follwed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck into the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck follwed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck into the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Their week-long tour to India and Bhutan has seen them take in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga and Agra.

Later in the evening, they joined their royal hosts', King Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, for dinner.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with HM Jetsun Pema Wangchuck in front of monks in the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with HM Jetsun Pema Wangchuck in front of monks in the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a Tory Burch gown, which featured intricate floral embroidery with thigh-high splits and red bead embellishment on the neckline.

William, who chose not to wear a tie and instead went relatively casual with blue chinos and brown loafers paired with a blazer and an open-neck shirt.

The British royals also managed to take in a romantic hike to the famous Buddhist site, Paro Taktsang.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, she wore an embellished Tory Burch dress, an orange pashmina by Pickett London and sandals by Gianvito Rossi.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Five: For dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, she wore an embellished Tory Burch dress, an orange pashmina by Pickett London and sandals by Gianvito Rossi.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Taj Tashi hotel to attend a dinner with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan on April 14, 2015 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Taj Tashi hotel to attend a dinner with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan on April 14, 2015 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Fitness fanatic Kate barely broke out into a sweat on the gruelling mountain trek.

William, on the other hand, looked a little more hot and bothered and his wife was seen wiping sweat from his brow.

The monastery is near the cave where Guru Padmasambhava – credited
 with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan – is said to have meditated for three years, three
 months, three weeks, and three days in the 8th century.


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose next to a prayer wheel on the trek up to Tiger's Nest during a visit to Bhutan on the 15th April 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose next to a prayer wheel on the trek up to Tiger's Nest during a visit to Bhutan on the 15th April 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A spokesman said William and Kate were "thrilled" to be visiting such a
 "magical place".


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