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William and Kate's disappointment as Welsh rugby team lose to France

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended their first official visit to Paris in disappointment after watching the Welsh rugby team lose to France.

William, patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, and Kate looked glum when the final whistle went in the French capital's Stade de France stadium.

In keeping with her allegiances the Duchess wore a red Carolina Herrera coat - the same colour as the Welsh team's jerseys - and a pair of black gloves against the chilly spring evening.

Wales were heading for a hard fought win but deep into extra time, that lasted more than 15 minutes, the home side scored a try and a conversion to win 20-18.

The Duke and Duchess had geared up for Wales' rugby clash with France by throwing a few passes around with some Paris school children earlier in the day.

William and Kate showed off their skills with the oval ball when they joined youngsters from local clubs being put through their paces in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

And when the couple chatted to parents from a British school who were watching their efforts, they revealed George has a toy rabbit called Bun Bun.

William went first during the drill session, catching a ball from a youngster and passing it on as he quickly moved forward.

He was followed by Kate who was laughing as she took a pass and then threw the ball to one of the children before catching another ball and moving it on.

Rugby coach Maxime Ramiroz praised the Cambridges' ball skills, saying: "They were very good. It was good to share a pass with the Duke of Cambridge.''

Later, the royals chatted to Zena and Graeme Hilton who had been watching the open-air drill practice at Paris' Trocadero.

The couple, who moved to France from the UK at the start of the year for work, had brought their children, Anna, aged four, and one-year-old Toby to the event.

Mrs Hilton said: "Kate was interested in my daughter's toy monkey she was holding and said that George had a toy rabbit called Bun Bun.''

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