Kate and William get competitive during football match in Northern Ireland

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got stuck in on the pitch, as they played football at the Windsor Park stadium in Belfast.

Kate and William, who are notoriously competitive with one another, went head to head as they learned about the Irish Football Association’s programmes to encourage kids to get involved in the sport. 

The duke, 36, warned the young players that his wife “goes for the ankles,” while the duchess, 37, revealed that their eldest child Prince George, five, said that her skills were “rubbish.”

The couple were also presented with football shirts for their children George, Charlotte and Louis at the stadium.

Kate and William go head to head during a football match at Windsor Park stadium in Belfast [Photo: Getty]

Mum-of-three Kate donned a navy Barbour Longshore quilted jacket (£159) and Sweaty Betty x New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz trainers (£80) to take part in the match. She later removed her jacket to reveal she was wearing a £125 cricket style jumper from Lauren Ralph Lauren underneath.

Kate and William arrived in Northern Ireland for a surprise two-day visit on Wednesday afternoon, where the focus is on how sport, nature and the outdoors can have a positive impact on childhood development and improved physical and mental health for all.

They later travelled to Fermangah, where they saw the work the charity Extern is doing at their Roscor Youth Village, a residential activity centre that provides a safe space to help and support young people. 

Kate during the canoe race at Extern charity’s Roscor Youth Village in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. [Photo: PA]

The couple faced each other once again as they took part in a kayak race, with William’s team being crowned the winners.

There were huge cheers from his canoe as he pipped Kate’s team to the finishing line.

The race echoed their trip to Germany in 2017, when they took part in a boat race in Heidelberg. 

Kate and William will end their day back in Belfast at the Empire Music Hall, where they will attend a party celebrating young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland.

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