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William and Kate drop in to learn the ropes of abseiling at outdoor centre

By Lauren Brown and Kim Pilling

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met with schoolchildren in Snowdonia as they highlight charity work focusing on young people's mental well-being.

The couple visited The Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales, where children from Holyhead High School had joined the mountain rescue team for a day of activities.

After lunch, the couple changed into walking boots and waterproof jackets and met with representatives of Mountain Rescue England and Wales - of which the Duke is patron.

They spoke with children from the school about their forthcoming activities, including abseiling and tree climbing at The Towers - situated on the side of the wooded Llugwy Valley in Snowdonia National Park. The couple joked with each other as they prepared to abseil down the 40ft outdoor wall at the activity centre. Complete with helmets and harnesses they grinned as they egged each other to go first.

But it was William who was to take the plunge after being beckoned by instructor Phil Blain.

After Mr Blain declared it was time for "another sucker", William replied: "I will."

Kate, who laughed as she stood well back, told the crowds "everyone stand and watch" before taking to the ropes to lower her husband down.

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