Kate drowns sorrows after boat race loss to Prince William in Germany

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 21, 2017

William punched the air in delight when his team of eight rowers finished nearly a length ahead of Kate's boat - giving him a 2-1 lead in their sporting races on water.

But the future king's British crew trounced his wife's boat on the River Neckar.

The stakes were high with Vanity Fair reporting that before the race Middleton told reporters, "No pressure, but I do want to beat my husband", before asking Adamski the boat's specific logistics and mechanics because she was "worried about crashing".

The race between the Cambridge oarswomen and Heidelberg rowers was staged to mark the twinning of the two university towns.

While Will insisted it was "fine" to be pitted against an Olympic medalist, he admitted that it "could be a challenge".

Kate made sure she got plenty of advice from her teammates, admitting she was anxious about crashing.

According toThe Telegraph UK Middleton wasn't a sore loser though, proclaiming "we didn't crash", before celebrating her runners-up prize, saying "It's my first rowing medal". If we crash, we crash together, he said.

The royal couple wave after the race at spectators.

It's my first rowing medal.

Afterwards, Adamski revealed she had been making him laugh with her instructions during the race.

The royal couple, who are now on a post-Brexit charm offensive in Europe, couldn't resist the opportunity to participate in a sporting activity during their three-day visit to Germany.

There's something about this dress that just makes us feel like shaking our shoulders, and it seems like Kate is sharing that sass.

Hundreds lined the square behind barriers to watch the couple as they chatted to residents enjoying the local produce.

They also took time out to visit Berlin's Holocaust Memorial and a cancer research laboratory.

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