Kate Middleton proves a natural as she shows off her cricket skills in Christchurch

Kate Middleton proves a natural as she shows off her cricket skills in Christchurch
Kate Middleton stepped up to the crease and showed off her cricket skills during the royal couple’s visit to Christchurch.

Still wearing her heels and her fitted red suit, the smiling Duchess took hold of a yellow cricket bat and stood in front of the wickets to go head-to-head with her husband Prince William, who tried his hand at bowling.
 

Sporty Kate, 32, managed to hit two of the three balls bowled by William, much to the delight of the crowd, who had gathered around the boundary at the 2015 Cricket World Cup event.

The couple were paying a visit to the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown clock, where they met with young cricketers and watched them in action.

They also heard about the development of Hagley Oval, which will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches, before heading to the Botanic Gardens to open a new $16.4 million visit centre.

Moments earlier, William and Kate had enjoyed a public walk of Latimer Square in Christchurch, when they were warmly welcomed by the people of the city. Cheering locals greeted the royals as they made their way from the cardboard transitional cathedral to the cricket event.

 

The morning had begun poignantly, with William and Kate meeting with the families of those who had lost their lives in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. They had also visited the CTV Building memorial, and each laid a stone as a tribute to the 185 victims.