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William takes on Kate and Harry in welly wanging contest during Bafta visit

Published 26/10/2015

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry try their hand at welly-wanging during a meeting of the Charities Forum yesterday
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry try their hand at welly-wanging during a meeting of the Charities Forum yesterday
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry try their hand at welly-wanging during a meeting of the Charities Forum yesterday
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry try their hand at welly-wanging during a meeting of the Charities Forum yesterday
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bafta in London for a creative industries-themed Charities Forum (PA)

The Duke of Cambridge proved he has what it takes in the throwing stakes when he beat wife Kate and his brother Prince Harry - in a welly wanging contest.

William's aim was spot on when he knocked off the head of a scarecrow - featured in the animated series Shaun The Sheep - while Kate and Harry both missed.

The impromptu contest was staged when the royal trio joined dozens of children, helped by organisations they support, at Bafta's headquarters in London where a meeting of their Charities Forum was held.

At Bafta's in-house theatre the youngsters had been given an exclusive preview of the new 30-minute Shaun The Sheep production made by Aardman Animations, called The Farmer's Llamas! - which will be screened over the Christmas period.

And they were also set the task of making their own versions of Shaun from modelling clay as they were joined by the Cambridges and Harry.

The welly wanging contest caught the imagination of the royal trio with Harry the first to step up to the challenge, but he waited patiently behind a group of children who also hoped to send the scarecrow's head flying.

He clapped when one youngster managed to knock it off but when it came to his turn he howled in disgust when he missed.

When William threw his welly he knocked off the head first time and raised his arms in triumph to applause from the children, while Kate, who wore an outfit by Tabitha Webb, missed twice but managed to laugh off the disappointment.

David Sproxton, co-founder and executive chairman of Aardman Animations, said after the visit: "We know Prince Charles is a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit, we've spoken to him about that and Prince Harry said his father also loved Chicken Run - there's a bit of heritage there with Aardman and the Royal Family."

Earlier the royal trio had sat down at workshop tables and joined children from their charities who were making models of Shaun the sheep.

William joined the table of Child Bereavement UK of which he is royal patron and immediately told Paul Hewley, a producer with Aardman who was overseeing their efforts: " I'm not particularly creative, so you will have to show me how to do this."

He picked up the white modelling clay and began to form the sheep's body and joked with Mr Hewley: "Me and my wife, we'll be really competitive in this so I have to win."

The Duke joked with brothers Luke, seven, and Ben Aris-Stead, 10, who were well on the way to completing the model.

When he had finished William put his down on the table with the words "ta-dah" and then called out to his wife who was busy working away nearby.

As he held up his completed sheep he said "Catherine look, what's happened to yours?" and she replied showing just a head and said "he hasn't got a body yet".

When the royal trio first arrived, young animators gave them a lesson in creating stop-animation movies.

In Bafta's in-house theatre, the royal guests and an audience watched as four schoolchildren stood on stage and were filmed, as if they were stop-animation characters.

They performed ''silly'' walks and then crouched down behind a suitcase to look as if they had stepped inside it.

Kate joined one little girl on stage and the pair filmed the last scene - carrying the case off.

William joked ''make Catherine do a silly walk'' before the pair closed the suitcase and walked away.

The audience laughed as the final movie was played showing the youngsters clambering into the case before the Duchess and the girl walked off with it.

Later the Cambridges and Harry held an informal meeting with the heads of their charities, an event which aims to bring the bodies, numbering more than 30, together to share best practice, ideas and develop ways of collaborating together.

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