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Kate put on the spot at green event by boy who asks ‘How many cars do you have?’

The duchess attended the 1851 Trust’s roadshow in London’s Docklands.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been quizzed about her green credentials by a cheeky schoolboy who asked her “How many cars do you have?”.

Kate was put on the spot when she joined a group of children learning to use eco-friendly bathroom products at a marine-themed roadshow in London’s Docklands.

She burst out laughing and exclaimed “oh my goodness” during the lesson on the environmental impact of plastics on birds, and said she had a Land Rover.

Kate, who is patron of marine charity the 1851 Trust, was taking part in the organisation’s roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, alongside primary and secondary school pupils.

The event uses the experiences of Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup challenge to inspire pupils into STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – with practical applications of the challenges the sportsmen faced.

Rafi Ahmed surprised the duchess with the question and said later: “I said ‘how many cars do you have?’. She said she had a Land Rover.

“She asked me ‘what’s your favourite car?’. I said a Lamborghini. I felt like I was going to be famous.”

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Kate meets children at the event in London's Docklands (Frank Augstein/PA)

The duchess turned out in nautical colours in a white Zara jacket and navy blue J Crew trousers in brilliant sunshine for the visit.

She helped pupils from several schools take part in a treasure hunt using QR (quick response) codes that triggered science questions and watched them sail in the docks.

Later she told British Olympic sailing legend Sir Ben how she and William had been glued to the TV watching the British team crash out of the America’s Cup yachting race, following a semi-final defeat to New Zealand.

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The duchess with children at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre (Frank Augstein/PA)

Speaking via a video link, as the sailor is still in Bermuda where the competition took place, Kate said: “Commiserations, obviously, but really well done. We’ve been watching with really keen interest.

“Both William and I have been glued to the telly. Well done to you guys. I gather now you’re on to the next thing.”

Ben launched the British team in 2014 with Kate at his side in the hope of bringing the cup back to Britain.

They also chatted about the contest and how sailing can be a means to teach children about science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Kate chatted to Sir Ben Ainslie via video link (Frank Augstein/PA)

The four-time Olympic gold medal winner, 40, told the duchess: “It’s fantastic to see the work the trust has been able to put together, it’s great to have your help with that. In the America’s Cup, it’s a really fascinating design project.

“To have young people come down to see how the boats get designed and built and hopefully inspire them to a future in engineering and design, that’s a fantastic project.”

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