The daring Duchess of Cambridge tries abseiling in Wales

The Duchess of Cambridge showed her daring side on Friday (Nov. 20) when she tried her hand at abseiling in North Wales. The athletic royal can now add the daring activity to her list of athletic loves, which include tennis, hockey and skiing.

Kate was visiting the Tower Outdoor Educational Centre in Snowdonia with husband Prince William when the couple were offered the chance to abseil.

The Duke and Duchess, both 33, showed that they were game and eagerly donned matching red jackets, helmets and harnesses.


Sporty Kate was more than willing to try her hand at abseiling.

After a briefing session, Kate, who giggled a bit when asked if it was her first time, let go of her fears and started to abseil down the outdoor wall.

"Bye," she said softly as she lowered herself down, while chuckling to herself and the cameras above. Not stopping there, the daring duchess then ascended a 12-metre climbing wall.


The Duchess giggled and softly said "bye" as she abseiled down.

William and Kate were visiting the centre, which is run by Mountain Rescue England and Wales and of which the duke is a patron.

During their visit the couple met young people from a local school who have all undertaken anti-stigma and discrimination training to increase their awareness of how to face mental health problems among their peers.

The focus of William and Kate's visit to Wales is on mental health in young people. Both the duke and duchess have been championing the issue for years, and earlier this week Kate revealed why she chooses to concentrate on the issue.

"I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children," said Kate at a mental health conference. "My answer might be similar to many of yours. I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to. But of course many children are not so lucky."

During their one-day visit to Wales, the duke and duchess also spent time with charity Mind, the Men's Shed movement and GISDA, an organization that provides support to homeless youth.

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