Royal couple use bike hire scheme
The London bike hire scheme has proved popular with commuters and tourists alike but it has now emerged it has a couple of new fans - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
William and Kate have used the cycles - dubbed Boris Bikes - to pedal around London when out and about.
The royal couple live in north Wales but make trips to London for both private and public engagements. A St James's Palace spokesman confirmed the couple use the scheme.
Their use of the distinctive blue cycles, sponsored by Barclays, was disclosed by London Mayor Boris Johnson during an LBC radio interview with Nick Ferrari.
He said: "I don't know this for certain, but I was told that members of the royal family do use them. I was told that Wills and Kate use them but that may be completely inaccurate."
Since the scheme was started by Mr Johnson in July 2010 the bikes have been hired 7.5 million times.
There are more than 400 docking stations, to pick up or drop off the cycles in central London, and the closest one to William and Kate's apartments at Kensington Palace are on the edge of Hyde Park, near the Royal Albert Hall.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge occasionally use the London cycle scheme bicycles to undertake private journeys around London."