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Duchess of Cambridge put through her paces in Twickenham skills session

Duchess of Cambridge Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge got a taste of being lifted in a lineout while revealing that Prince Louis’ love of rugby after being named Patron of the RFU.

Kate was at Twickenham where she was joined by players and coaches from the England Women’s and Men’s squads as her new role was announced.

And she got stuck in on the pitch packing down in a scrum and kicking the ball as part of a skills session run by England men’s coach Eddie Jones.

But it was Simon Middleton, head coach of England Women, who came up with the idea of the lineout lift.

He said: “We were trying to decide what skills we would go with and having been lifted once in a lineout myself. I thought it was quite an exciting experience so she might enjoy it.”

The Duchess clearly enjoyed herself, and her love of the sport has obviously been passed on to her children, particularly youngest son Prince Louis.

She said: “They’re all enjoying it, Louis is kamikaze, we’re worrying about when he gets older, he’ll be in the middle of everything.”

On Wednesday, the Duchess shared her excitement at becoming the Patron of both the RFU and the RFL.

“I am so thrilled to become Patron of the @TheRFL and @EnglandRugby,” tweeted the Duchess from her official account.

“Two fantastic organisations who are committed to harnessing the power that sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals flourish.

“I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games, and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports!”