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Kate is ale and hearty despite royal boat race loss to husband

By Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge was left high and dry when she lost a river boat race against her husband.

However, the blow was softened as she was given a large beer in commiseration.

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

The race took place on the Neckar near the German city of Heidelberg and the Duke and Duchess acted as the coxswains.

Honours were even in boat races between the pair, with William winning a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but three years later Kate was victorious in Auckland.

Before the clash began Kate jokingly told her crew: "No pressure, but I do want to beat my husband."

She was given a huge advantage over William after an Olympic gold medallist was chosen to be in her boat.

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