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William reminded of 'lads only' ski break as French choir sings Happy

The Duke of Cambridge has been reminded of his controversial Swiss ski weekend after a French group performed one of the songs that featured during his "lads only" break.

As Kate dazzled Paris in a stunning dress during a star-studded dinner staged in the royal couple's honour, William was left listening to a group of young performers belt out the Pharrell Williams hit song Happy.

It featured in video footage from his break in Verbier when he was captured "dad dancing" in a club, but the second in line to the throne, making his first official trip to the French capital, showed no sign of embarrassment.

The royal couple were guests of honour at a black-tie dinner staged at the residence of Britain's ambassador to France and the Duke sat between film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Audrey Tautou.

Kate, who was sat opposite between film star Jean Reno and yachtsman Alex Thomson, wore an ice blue floor-length gown by Jenny Packham and after the performance by Kids United, who are huge stars in France, William got up to congratulate them.

The Duke has been criticised by newspapers, which poked fun at his antics on the dance floor and in the DJ booth during his ski trip to Verbier.

They also questioned his judgment at missing a major Commonwealth celebration with the Queen for a social event.

Yet William was all smiles with his wife and the pair looked relaxed during their time mingling with young people.

At a separate reception staged before the dinner William reassured France that despite Brexit the depth of Britain's relationship and co-operation with its neighbour will not change.

Speaking during the launch of Les Voisins - a celebration of UK-French links - the second in line to the throne told young French leaders from a range of fields: "Like all neighbours, sometimes our two nations encourage each other through mutual support.

"Sometimes we attempt to outdo the other through rivalry - as we will see tomorrow when Wales play France at the rugby.

"But always our two nations continually inspire one another to become better: more creative, more prosperous, more innovative.

"This partnership will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union. The depth of our friendship and the breadth of our cooperation will not change."

The official royal visit comes in the month that Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50, beginning Brexit negotiations.

William and Kate's trip will be seen as a bid to build on the UK's bilateral relationship with France and they have already been dubbed ''Brexit Ambassadors'' by the press.

Despite strong press criticism directed at the Duke over the "lads only" weekend break, he looked relaxed and was all smiles when the royal couple were greeted by France's president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace when they first arrived in the country for the two-day visit.

Paris is also where William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash and the trip comes as the Duke prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in August this year.

Kate disappointed fashion watchers by arriving in the French capital in the same Catherine Walker coat she wore earlier in the day to an Irish Guards event in London celebrating St Patrick's Day.

But for the embassy reception she had changed into a chic sleeveless black outfit by Alexander McQueen and wore Gianvito Rossi heels, and changed into her third outfit, the Jenny Packham gown, for the dinner.


From Belfast Telegraph