William fails to blow his trumpet
Published 16/06/2010 | 15:21
Prince William acted like any World Cup-mad English football fan when he tried - and failed - to get a tune from a vuvuzela horn.
The 27-year-old grasped the opportunity to play the instrument, which has taken soccer supporters by storm, when he was handed it during a tour of Botswana.
But the Prince found himself out-performed by a tiny 11-year-old schoolboy who made such a loud noise on the vuvuzela that he forced William to stick a finger in his ear.
The Prince was visiting the northern town of Maun to see youngsters taking part in the Coaching for Conservation (C4C) project which marries football skills to wildlife protection.
Pupils from every primary school in the area were divided into groups to learn soccer skills while adopting the persona of different animals such as wild dogs - efficient at working as a team.
As he toured the stadium, William saw "cheetahs", "hyenas" and "elephants" being put through their paces. He came across 11-year-old Rebaone Badubi holding a green plastic vuvuzela and encouraged him to blow the instrument which can register noise levels louder than a chainsaw.
World Cup teams have complained about the din made by the instrument, which first appeared at matches in the early 1990s, and William stuck his finger in his right ear. When handed the horn, the Prince said: "I can't blow it. OK, I will give it a go". Then, after barely making a sound, added: "There you go - embarrassed myself again - it's all good."
Also at the event was US singer Joe Jonas, part of the popular Jonas Brothers group with his two siblings, who was in Botswana on a charity visit, and South African footballer Lucas Radebe, who is now retired.
Speaking about the event, which saw hundreds of primary school children descend on a sports stadium in Maun, William said: "Sport gives us a sense of purpose and belonging through being part of a team. It gives us fitness and health, it gives us respect for the skills and talents of others.
"These qualities are shared by the extraordinary creatures around us, particularly here in Botswana. The wild dogs who work as a team and can run rings round even the best organised defence in the World Cup - even Germany's. The slowest cheetah that ever lived can beat Ronaldo to the ball. The impala's awareness and agility makes even Lucas Radebe's awesome dribbling skills look, well, rather like mine." When he finally made a save, he said: "That's one I've got."