ROY­ALS ON ICE: DUCHESS BUL­LIES OFF

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JOLLY HOCKEY: The Duchess of Cam­bridge hits a hockey ball as she and the Duke meet a group of bandy hockey play­ers in Stock­holm on the first day of their visit to Swe­den.

THE TEM­PER­A­TURES may have been sub-zero, but there was no deny­ing the warmth of the wel­come when the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge be­gan their Scan­di­na­vian tour yes­ter­day.

Dressed in fash­ion­able bob­ble hats and win­ter coats, the cou­ple were in Swe­den yes­ter­day at the start of the four-day tour which is thought to have been orig­i­nally been planned for late last year, but was moved af­ter Kate be­came preg­nant and again suf­fered se­vere morn­ing sick­ness.

They re­newed their friendly ri­valry on the first day of the Nordic tour when they joined a group of Swedish young­sters play­ing a game of bandy hockey.

Bandy has a huge fol­low­ing in Swe­den and has sim­i­lar­i­ties to both hockey and foot­ball as a small ball in­stead of a puck is used, and teams of 11 play on ice rinks and use curved sticks.

But de­spite Kate be­ing an ac­com­plished hockey player, who was a mem­ber of both her school and univer­sity teams, Wil­liam tri­umphed in a penalty shoot-out, smash­ing in two goals to his wife’s one.

The Royal cou­ple had started their day with a hot drink from a flask car­ried in a case, known as a bandy port­folj or bandy brief­case, to keep out the sub­zero tem­per­a­tures at the snowy Stock­holm park where the match was staged. The duke and duchess, who wore a Burberry coat, sweater by Swedish de­signer Fjall­raven and is about six months preg­nant, drank an al­co­hol-free ver­sion of the tip­ple known as Glogg, usu­ally mulled wine or cof­fee laced with al­co­hol.

Af­ter their in­tro­duc­tion to the sport, they headed to the Royal palace for a lunch 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.

Wil­liam and Kate, who will move on to Nor­way to­mor­row for a two-day visit, are mak­ing their first of­fi­cial trips to the Nordic coun­tries.

PIC­TURES: VIC­TO­RIA JONES/PA WIRE.

PIC­TURE: PA WIRE.

POP­U­LAR: Crowds take photos of the Duchess of Cam­bridge as she walks from the Royal Palace of Stock­holm to the No­bel Mu­seum.

PIC­TURE: ARTHUR ED­WARDS/THE SUN/PA WIRE.

CHAL­LENGE: The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge meet bandy hockey play­ers at Vas­aparken in Stock­holm.

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