This wasn't in the royal training: Kate gets stuck in with pancake flipping

08 MARCH 2011

More photos of the visit

When Prince William briefed his royal bride on walkabout etiquette, it's doubtful he would have included how to pull off the perfect pancake flip.

But that's exactly what Kate Middleton was faced with when the pair met well wishers during their surprise visit to Northern Ireland.

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The brunette beauty didn't bat an eyelid, though, when she was asked to give it a go by children taking part in a charity Shrove Tuesday event to raise money for cancer sufferers.

Much to William and the crowd's delight, Kate got stuck in – launching the pancake into the air.

The couple arrived in Belfast on Tuesday morning for their one-day trip.

After two very successful public outings to Anglesey and St Andrews, Kate once again seemed to take everything in her stride.

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And she again dressed elegantly for the occasion in a mink-coloured, belted coat with a frill at the base.

She and William were met at the George Best City Airport by the Lord Mayor Pat Convery and Dame Mary Peters – a former Olympic pentathlon who is now Lord Lieutenant of Belfast.

The trip began at City Hall, where the couple were given a framed photograph of the building and a book on its 105-year history.

They were met by a cheering crowd, many of whom were waving Union Flags.

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