Kate and William arrive in Northern Ireland for a surprise visit

Sporty Kate was in her element as she and William kicked off a surprise two-day tour of Northern Ireland with an action-packed day of activities.A smile was never far from the Duchess of Cambridge’s face as she showed off her footballing skills, tried her hand at archery, practised putting up a tent and took on her husband in a heated Canadian canoe race. The couple appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at their first stop of Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium, where they jostled on the pitch as they joined excited schoolchildren for a spirited kickabout.Kate, 37, started the day in a £1,200 Carolina Herrera coat and £199 LK Bennett boots, but soon swapped them for a £159 navy Barbour jacket and £80 New Balance trainers which proved a more practical choice. Keen football fan William, 36, also came prepared with a second pair of shoes and spent much of the afternoon in Nike trainers.  After the kickabout, the couple headed some two hours west of Belfast to the Roscor Youth Village on the shores of Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, where they met youngsters who benefit from the outdoor adventure camp. Kate was given a canoe lesson, while the Duke of Cambridge tested his balance on a low-ropes assault course.   Their final visit of the day will be to Belfast Empire Hall to celebrate ‘inspirational young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland’. It is thought the Duke of Cambridge will follow his grandmother the Queen’s lead and call for calm over Brexit in a speech to be delivered at the event. The Cambridges will carry out number of engagements tomorrow before returning to London. In keeping with royal visits to Northern Ireland, details were not released in advance and the itinerary was not disclosed for security reasons.Scroll down for more videos Sporty Kate was in her element as she and William kicked off a surprise two-day tour of Northern Ireland with an action-packed day of activities. The Duchess of Cambridge looked perfectly at ease as she took part in a canoeing lesson, picturedEver the sportswoman, the Duchess of Cambridge also put herself forward for an archery session a the youth village William and Kate later travelled to a youth facility in Co Fermanagh where they helped children pitch tent The Duchess of Cambridge playfully jostled with her husband on the pitch before impressing with her skillsKeen to join in the fun, the Duchess ditched her £1,200 Carolina Herrara coat and £199 heeled LK Bennett boots for a £125 Ralph Lauren cricket jumper and £80 New Balance trainers. She impressed with her dribbling and ball skills, right  The Duchess couldn’t keep the smile from her face as they joined schoolchildren for a kickabout at Windsor ParkThe couple lost control of the ball, left, prompting the Duchess of Cambridge to burst into fits of laughter, rightThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Belfast for a surprise two-day visit to Northern Ireland. One adorable young well-wisher cheekily stuck out his tongue when Kate came over to meet him outside Windsor Park The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Northern Ireland for a surprise two-day tour. The couple are kicking off the tour with visit to Windsor Park football stadium, home of the Irish Football Association

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the late afternoon at Roscor Youth Village, which serves as a ‘haven of hope and escape’ for children facing challenges in their daily lives. After being greeted by cheering children, the duke and duchess watched on as children played in a series of activities at the youth facility.The duchess saw a group of teenagers assembling cooking utensils used for camping. The Duchess of Cambridge shared a light-hearted word with two boys as she stepped up to try her hand at archery  The Duchess, 37, looked focused as she pulled back the bow, pictured, but ultimately missed the target on her first shot Kate, who was successful on her second attempt, threw back her head in laughter at one point during the session  Kate, an experienced rower, joined a group of children in a Canadian canoe for a race on Lough Erne on Wednesday The Duchess beamed as she helped her team across the water – although she ultimately lost the race to Prince William A smile was never far from Kate’s face as she spent her first day in Northern Ireland trying out a number of different activities The Duke (front) and Duchess (behind) went head-to-head in a Canadian canoe race, with William eventually winningMeanwhile the duke spoke to children about their interests and hobbies. He asked what they loved most about the youth facility and also spoke to them about tree climbing.’It’s a great sense of achievement when you do it,’ the duke said. ‘What do you guys love the most about coming here?’The children described to him their favourite activities and how they have made life-long friends at the youth villageKate helped assemble a tent before taking part in a game of archery. The duchess missed her first shot, but with some tips from the children hit the target on her second attempt.  The Duke of Cambridge’s balance was tested as he walked across a low-ropes assault course at the campA group of young people helped the prince as he navigated his way across tyres suspended from a beam, pictured Prince William appeared confident as he side shuffled his way along the balance beam portion of the course, pictured The couple both approached the challenge with gusto, but it was William who came out on top in the end The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sign two tiles that will be displayed within the camp to mark their royal visit The couple posed for a photos with some of the youngsters at Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh, before leavingThe couple then went head-to-head in a canoeing race on Lough Erne. William’s team was crowned the winner, reaching the marker a few seconds ahead of Kate’s team. The duchess congratulated her opposing team before returning to shore.As the couple left the youth facility they were presented with a bowl painted by some of the children.They also signed their names on two separate tiles which will be placed on a wall outside the building. The Duchess of Cambridge helped fasten down a tent, pictured, as she learnt more about the work at the youth camp  Kate dressed practically for a day in the outdoors, keeping on her New Balance trainers and fitted Barbour jacket, pictured  The Duchess flashed a smile at the camp, which helps children who are facing difficulties in their daily livesPrince William asked the children about their favourite activities and praised them for being able to climb trees The Duchess of Cambridge looked on as children showed how to put up the tent at the youth camp in Co Fermanagh The royals then posed with children and staff from Roscor for a photograph before leaving to the sounds of more cheering.Earlier they visited Windsor Park, home of the Irish Football Association. On arrival at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, the couple were greeted by scores of cheering schoolchildren. William and Kate stopped to chat with the crowds, with the Duchess being presented with a number of bunches of flowers. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits as they joined children on the pitch in sunny BelfastThe Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t keep the smile from her face as she joined her husband and children for the kickabout Sporty Kate appeared perfectly at ease as she played around with youngsters on the turf at Belfast’s Windsor ParkInternational boss Michael O’Neill was among senior Irish Football Association staff who welcomed them at the entrance to the recently redeveloped venue.O’Neill, who himself won 31 caps playing for Northern Ireland, has been credited with bringing the glory days back to the team during his tenure as manager.He led the side to its first major tournament in 30 years at the 2016 European Championships in France. During their tour of the venue, the couple also met Northern Ireland footballing legend Pat Jennings. The Duchess of Cambridge gave out cuddles to schoolgirls excited to meet the royal at Windsor Park, in Belfast The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both spent time speaking to the youngsters at the kickabout on Wednesday Out on the Windsor Park turf, the royals joined in some training exercises with local schoolchildrenKate donned a £159 Barbour jacket and £80 Sweaty Betty X New Balance trainers for the training session with kids  The Duchess of Cambridge knelt down to speak to the schoolgirls about their football training in Belfast Schoolchildren crowded around the Duchess of Cambridge to tell her more about their love of football during the outingDonning a pair of vibrant blue and orange Nike trainers, the Duke of Cambridge also showed off his skills at the stadium  Aspiring footballers showed off their skills to the royal visitors at Windsor Park, home of the Irish Football AssociationThe Duchess of Cambridge swapped her Carolina Herrera coat for a fitted quilted Barbour jacket out on the pitch The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to young players and their coaches as her and William learned more about football outreachFormer Spurs and Arsenal goalkeeper Jennings is Northern Ireland’s record caps holder, with 119 appearances during a career that took in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals.William and Kate were shown a bronze cast print of the stopper’s celebrated ‘safe hands’ as they walked through the stadium’s heritage centre.Out on the Windsor Park turf, the royals joined in some training exercises with local schoolchildren.Kate and William both had a go at dribbling drills, to the delight of the young footballers. Kate ran around a marked-out square keeping the ball under control and also jogged up and down on the spot.  The Duchess of Cambridge shared a light-hearted moment with some of the young football players and coaches  Kate comforted a young girl who became emotional while taking part in the football training session in Belfast today The Duchess of Cambridge let out a laugh as she spoke to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill at Windsor Park The Duke of Cambridge, a keen football fan, looked on as schoolgirls dribbled the ball past him on the pitch in Belfast The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge signed the visitors’ book before leaving Windsor Park on the first day of their royal tour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during their engagement The royal couple laughed as they had a casual chat with IFA coaches during their visit to Windsor ParkShe then joined William in a small-sided game, each playing on different sides.Both participated with gusto, running about with their young teammates, passing and tackling during the well-spirited encounter.During the visit, the couple learned more about the Irish Football Association’s community football projects and its work breaking down some of Northern Ireland’s traditional divides through sport.They met people involved in an initiative aimed at encouraging more women into key decision making roles within the game and also met young people involved in the Goal programme – a project designed for those not in employment, education or training. The royal mother-of-three appeared taken by the little boy – while he was more interested in playing with her bouquetThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were animated as they arrived at Windsor Park for the first stop on their two-day tour Father-of-three William bent down to speak to some of the children waiting outside Windsor Park for the couple, pictured Football fan Prince William looked delighted as he was given a tour inside Windsor Park, home of the Irish Football AssociationWilliam and Kate also heard about IFA workshops and education courses that help students develop life skills.They learned about the Stay Onside initiative, which works with criminal justice agencies in a bid to reduce offending rates.The Cambridges also heard more about the game of Powerchair, an adapted version of football for wheelchair users.As they left the stadium at the end of the visit, three schoolchildren presented the couple with three green Northern Ireland home shirts, with the names George, Charlotte and Louis on the backs. The smartly-dressed boy grabbed the Duchess’ attention as he waited with his mother outside Windsor Park stadium The playful youngster was full of beans and raised a smile from the Duchess of Cambridge at the football stadium Radiant Kate beamed as she was handed several bouquets of spring blooms by well-wishers in the crowd outside the stadium The Duchess of Cambridge needed two hands to carry the beautiful tulips she was handed by well-wishers at the engagementKate wore delicate Kiki McDonough ‘Lauren’ leaf earrings for the outing to Windsor Park in Belfast today The Duchess of Cambridge looked very relaxed as she chatted to well-wishers who had waited to see the royal couple A group of young schoolgirls looked in awe of the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, as she leaned down to speak to themIt is the third time the couple have visited the region together. On previous visits, the couple attended a garden party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in June 2016, when they mingled with many of the 2,500 invited guests.Five years earlier, they visited Northern Ireland just weeks before their wedding.On that occasion, Kate tossed pancakes at Belfast City Hall and hammered in fence posts at Greenmount Agriculture College in Co Antrim. The Duchess of Cambridge donned a £1,200 Carolina Herrera coat and LK Bennett boots for the occasion The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to members of the military outside Windsor Park in Belfast on WednesdayThe Duchess of Cambridge elegantly swept her hair behind her shoulder as she made her way into the stadium in Belfast On arrival at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, the couple were greeted by scores of cheering schoolchildren The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived for a two-day tour and started the visit at Windsor Park, pictured 
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