Kate Middleton channels Maid Marian at Bhutan archery tournament while rival team insult 'baldy' William
Published 15/04/2016 | 10:35
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A spokesman said William and Kate were "thrilled" to be visiting such a "magical place".