Wednesday 13 December 2017

The race is on - Kate swaps yellow sun dress for jeans as she loses to Prince William at rowing in Germany

The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, chat as they pose for a picture on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, reacts as she walks on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, reacts as she walks on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge react as they walk on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a picture on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a picture on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a picture on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sits in a rowing regatta during a visit to the southern German town of Heidelberg on July 20, 2017
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the market in the historic center of Southern German town of Heidelbergon July 20, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Thomas KienzleTHOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images
Prince William Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the market in the historic center of Southern German town of Heidelbergon July 20, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Thomas KienzleTHOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to visit a cancer research center on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, southern Germany. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Christoph Schmidt / Germany OUTCHRISTOPH SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to visit a cancer research center on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, southern Germany. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Christoph Schmidt / Germany OUTCHRISTOPH SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her team with their medals after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with a beer after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with a beer after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with a beer after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge participates in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge participates in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attempt to make pretzels during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (not pictured) for a visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge don white lab coats during their visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dons a white lab coat during her visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with a German beer after taking part in a rowing competition on the River Neckar during a visit to Heidelberg on the second day of her three-day tour of Germany
The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge cox a boat against her husband, the Duke of Cambrige, in a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
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Old habits die hard.

Especially when it comes to a pair of comfortable shoes. Kate Middleton has been busy keeping the style pages busy with her tour de dresses in Poland and Germany this week, but took a break from couture for a high street casual look in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Duchess of Cambridge (35) hit the water today to race against Prince William in rowing, one of their preferred activities on international tours, and opted for a classic Kate look.

The mother-of-two, whose children Princess Charlotte and Prince George are also in Germany, but only appearing at select times, chose a pair of her favourite dark skinny jeans, a breton stripe top from J.Crew and her favourite Superga runners.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Much like her to-die-for Simone Rocha crystal earrings from Wednesday night, she rocked another head-turning pair - the Pearly Sun Star earrings by Oscar de la Renta.

Earlier in the day, Kate and her husband of six years tried their hand at making pretzels in the picturesque town.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with a beer after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with a beer after participating in a rowing race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg and against Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

They rolled the pastry into long sausage shapes and were then shown how to flick and cross them over in one movement to create the snack's classic knot shape.

Local baker Andreas Gobes, part of a guild whose members put on the pastry display, said: "Catherine was a little bit more talented than William but they both did a great job.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge react as they walk on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge react as they walk on the Old Bridge in the historic center of Heidelberg, southern Germany on July 20, 2017

"This type of pretzel is a speciality for the region so we wanted to show them that.

"In this region it has a special shape - thin arms and a thick body - with salt and it's red- brown colour."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the German Cancer Research Institute on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

The cookery lesson was held in the city's historic marktplatz where stalls celebrating local produce from beer to sweets was on display.

Kate, who wore a yellow Jenny Packham dress, stopped to chat to some of the residents enjoying the produce, while nearby hundreds lined the square behind barriers.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attempt to make pretzels during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attempt to make pretzels during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square on day 2 of their official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Earlier the couple had donned white coats for a visit to a top cancer research centre in the city.

William and Kate were shown the world acclaimed work being carried out at the German Cancer Research Centre, where hundreds of locals had turned out to greet the royal couple on the second day of their tour of Germany.

Kate was the star attraction outside with local Germans shouting her name and waving Union flags when she arrived.

Inside British stem cell biologist Dr Michael Milsom, 42, originally from Chesterfield, showed the couple around one of the laboratories.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

He said: "It's really helpful to have a visit from the Duke and Duchess as they publicise the importance of work we do here.

"The UK and Germany are leaders in this field of stem cell research," said the expert who has been based in Heidelberg for seven years.

He told William and Kate about the latest developments in stem cell research.

The Leeds University graduate told them how his team focuses on the question of whether and how an accumulation of DNA damage in stem cells is the cause for ageing of an organ system.

Such damage may cause exhaustion of the stem cell pool and loss of the organ's capacity to regenerate. The work is particularly important in research into leukaemia.

William said "ladies first" when he was asked to look at the cells through a microscope.

Afterwards Kate said: "It's in 3D too which is amazing."

William, who also looked through the microscope, asked how far down the line his stem cell research was and added: "It's fascinating work!"

Additional reporting by Tony Jones, Press Association

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