Duke and Duchess of Cambridge renew sporting rivalry with ice hockey penalty shootout in Sweden
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge renewed their sporting rivalry when they took on a penalty shootout on ice, with the five-months-pregnant Duchess losing out. The Duchess, who is an accomplished field hockey player, came off second best on the ice when she took on her husband at bandy hockey for the first engagement of their tour in Sweden. She lost 2-1 in a best of three shootout in a central Stockholm park. Bandy hockey, a popular sport in Sweden, is played on ice skates with a round ball and hockey sticks. Their two-day visit to Sweden will also include an event celebrating Scandinavian design, featuring the famous brand Ikea. It will have added significance as the Swedish founder of the global business Ingvar Kamprad died at the weekend aged 91. The couple, who will move on to Norway on Thursday for a two-day visit, are making their first official visits to the countries, and in Sweden will be joined for much of their trip by the country’s popular Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. Before the game the Duchess, in a coat by Burberry and a sweater by Swedish designer Fjallraven, and the Duke drank an alcohol-free version of glögg from a flask brought in a Bandy Portfolj, a traditional office-style briefcase that traditionally contains a flask of warm wine or coffee laced with alcohol. After being told of the rudiments of the game, they then took to the ice in shoes via a red carpet. Prince William took the first shot and it was saved before scoring twice. His wife, who is five months pregnant, missed two shots wide of the goal. Similar to ice hockey, the game played with a curved stick and instead of a puck, players use a hockey ball. The game originated in Cambridgeshire, in 1882, and is now a Winter Olympic sport – and incredibly popular in Scandinavia. Anna Widing, 29, an international Bandy player, talked the couple through what they needed to do before the shoot out. She said: “Kate had played field hockey and I was expecting her to be good – and she was very good. She knew how to hold the stick and she had a very good swing. I was impressed.” She agreed that the Duke – who wielded his stick with confidence – had a strong shot. “I could see that maybe they like to beat each other,” she added. “Also they were pushing each other to do well.” The half-back, who played the winning shot for Sweden in the victorious world championship team, added: “It was a privilege for us to show our sport to them. We have been to China to show the sport and to come back here and show it to the royals from Britain is an honour.” After their moment on the ice, the couple shared some chocolate with schoolchildren aged five to 11, who had been playing on the ice earlier. The Royal couple were then given a selection of Bandy hockey jerseys, including one tiny shirt to fit a baby.
Royals’ lunch with King and Queen of Sweden
The couple arrived in Stockholm on board a private charter plane late on Monday night and are staying at the residence of the British ambassador in Stockholm, Sweden. It is understood they left London after the end of the school day meaning they could have seen Prince George and Princess Charlotte. After the bandy hockey, they headed to the royal palace for a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and 15 other members of the royal court including Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. Later, the Duke and Duchess will take a stroll with Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel through the city’s cobbled streets to Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm, and a popular tourist attraction. The walk will end at the Nobel Museum where they are expected to be introduced to some Nobel Laureates and hear more about science in the country. In Norway, William and Kate will largely be chaperoned by Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Princess Mette-Marit. Before they arrived, a spokesman said the couple were looking forward to the visits to the two countries and “having time to spend with both the royal couples in each country” and said William and Kate were grateful for the “generous amount of time given over by both couples.”
Tour delayed due to Duchess’s morning sickness
It is thought the four-day tour may have originally been planned for late last year, but was moved after Kate became pregnant and again suffered severe morning sickness. The Duchess, who is carrying her third child, is expected to take full part in the trip, which features a number of events outside despite the freezing conditions.
Kate’s hairdresser sheds light on tools of trade
The Duchess of Cambridge’s hairdresser has shed some light on the tools of her trade used to keep the royal hair looking at its best. Amanda Cook Tucker posted on social media a picture of the dozens of hairbrushes, dryers, combs, tongs and cans of hairspray she will need during the tour of Sweden and Norway. The hairdresser lined up the products and equipment on the floor for the image, which included 13 hair brushes. Two hairdryers are also featured, along with three tongs, what appears to be seven combs and among the hair products are Charles Worthington: volume and bounce body booster mousse. The Duchess, who is around six months’ pregnant with her third child, will have to be perfectly groomed for a number of events while in Scandinavia, from a black-tie dinner to meeting children having a skiing lesson. Now a regular on the Cambridges’ overseas tours, Mrs Cook Tucker had cut Prince William and Harry’s hair for many years before caring for what the Duke once joked was Kate’s “nightmare” hair. She was called into action soon after the birth of Kate’s children, travelling to the private maternity unit of St Mary’s hospital in London to prepare the Duchess’s brunette locks before she was photographed by the world’s press.