They’ve been greeted with rapturous welcomes at every stage of their three-day visit to Germany so far, but today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were treated to something a little different from all the flag waving and cheering.
As the couple posed for a picture with a group of young people, two grinning boys cheekily flicked the V sign at the camera in Heidelberg’s traditional market square.
It’s certainly not advisable protocol when meeting the royals, but parents William and Kate would surely have seen the funny side.
Indeed, the couple have been showing off their softer side on the tour, cuddling children and doling out hugs and high fives.
Two grinning boys cheekily flicked the V sign at the camera in Heidelberg’s traditional market square as they posed for a photo with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William enjoys a playful moment with youngsters, jokingly showing off his muscles
Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate share a laugh with Andreas Goebes (right) of the bakers guild Heidelberg, as they form pastry into prezels under the eyes of Heidelberg Mayor Eckart Wuerzner
The royals have been especially popular with young people during their tour of Germany and Poland so far
Pleased to meet you! Two girls looked a little shy when they encountered royalty in Heidelberg’s market square
The Duchess has been showing off her new ‘Kob’ or Kate bob on the tour, after chopping a good six inches off her flowing locks
The couple were in Heidelberg to tour a traditional market and took part in a pretzel-making session.
After a quick lesson from local apprentices, Kate and William tried their hand at rolling out the dough for the traditional snack, with the Duchess protecting her yellow Jenny Packham dress with a white apron.
But when it came to assembling the typical pretzel loop, Kate decided to step back and leave her husband do the tricky part.
Kate, 35, could be seen laughing as William grappled with the dough, placing a hand on his back as his efforts took shape, before finally rewarding him with a round of applause.
Located on the riverside and overlooked by the ruins of its famous castle, the central market square boasts a traditional market serving local food and drink.
Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university city and is twinned with Cambridge in the UK
The couple paused for a chat with a local wine producer during a tour of a traditional German market
Kate donned an apron with the slogan ‘We’re baking for William and Kate’, but it was her husband getting stuck into rolling the pretzel dough
Kate appears to gently tease her husband as he has a go at making pretzels on a visit to a raditional German market in the Central Square of Heidelberg, but she gave him encouragement with a round of applause
Not bad for first attempt! William looked proud of his efforts after a brief lesson in pretzel-making
Over the past few day’s she’s proved herself a real pro at so-called diplomatic dressing and today, the Duchess of Cambridge pulled it off again as she channeled the gold of the German flag for a visit to the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg.
It was an overcast morning, but Kate brought a ray of sunshine to proceedings in the bespoke lace number by Jenny Packham, which she paired with her trusty nude espadrille wedges from Monsoon, and a small clutch in a matching shade.
However, her dress was covered up once she got inside, with both William and Kate donning white lab coats for their tour of the Centre, on the second day of their three-day visit to Germany.
Inside British stem cell biologist Dr. Michael Milsom, 42, originally from Chesterfield, showed the couple around one of the laboratories.
He said, ‘It’s really helpful to have a visit from the Duke and Duchess as they publicise the importance of work we do here.
Kate, 35, was a real ray of sunshine this morning as she arrived in rainy Heidelberg in a vibrant yellow lace dress to commence her second day of engagements in Germany
The couple wave to wellwishers. Their visit so far has been a roaring success, and Kate has even been dubbed the new ‘Princess of Hearts’ by the German media
The Duchess had an opportunity to find out more about the work of lab researchers and look at cells through the microscope in the lab
Perfect pair! The Duke and Duchess looked every inch the polished royals as they made their way to the German Cancer Research Institute for a visit (left). It was a rainy morning in Heidelberg, but Kate added a splash of colour to proceedings in a yellow lace dress by Jenny Packham (right)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives with her husband at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg,
‘The UK and Germany are leaders in this field of stem cell research,’ said the expert who has been based in Heidelberg for seven years.
He told William and Kate about the latest developments in stem cell research.
The Leeds University graduate, told them how his team focuses on the question whether and how an accumulation of DNA damage in stem cells is the causes for ageing of an organ system.
Such damage may cause exhaustion of the stem cell pool and loss of the organ’s capacity to regenerate. The work is particularly important in research into leukaemia.
William and Kate will spend time with Nobel Prize winner Dr Harald zur Hausen during the visit to the Cancer Centre
Popular pair! Spectators positioned themselves in the window to get a good view of the visiting royals
The royals were welcomed by Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (right)
Prince William also went for a more summery look, ditching his usual dark suits in favour of a grey checked blazer (left). The Duchess let her outfit do the talking and accessorised with a small nude box clutch
Prince William gives wellwishers a cheerful wave (left). Later the couple will renew their friendly sporting rivalry during a boat race in Heidelberg (right)
The Duchess decided to rely on an old favourite, her trusty wedges from Monsoon for today’s engagement
William said, ‘Ladies first’, when he was asked to look at the cells through a microscope.
Afterwards Kate said, ‘It’s in 3D too which is amazing.’
Dr Harald zur Hausen
Dr Harald zur Hausen was born in Germany in 1936 and received his degree in medicine in 1960 from the University of Dusseldorf.
In the late ’60s he moved to Philadelphia where his work at the Virus Laboratories of the Children’s Hospital contributed to the discovery for the first time that viruses can cause cancer cells to form.
He also discovered that human papillomavirus virus (HPV) – a group of viruses that affect the skin and moist membranes lining the body – causes genital warts.
In 1983, at the Unviersity of Freiburg’s department of virology and hygiene, he identified DNA from a strain of the HPV in cervical cancer tumours. His work revealed that the virus is responsible for 75 per cent of cervical cancer in humans.
Initially his work caused controversy with most scientists at the time believing that the herpes simplex virus was responsible for cervical cancer. However, his research led to the development of a vaccine against HPV, which was introduced in 2006.
Two years later he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, along with the two scientists that identified the HIV virus.
William, who also looked through the microscope, asked how far down the line his stem cell research was and added, ‘It’s fascinating work!’
The British stem cell researcher leads the junior research group ‘Experimental Hematology’.
He added, ‘I had never imagined that I would one day be presenting my research to my future King. This will be a very moving and exciting meeting for me’
Dr. Michael Baumann, chairman and scientific chair of the DKFZ said afterwards, ‘We are very proud that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge haveldecided to visit the DKFZ. They have made a clear gesture which underlines the great importance of medical research for our society.’
His colleague, Prof Dr. Josef Puchta, commercial chairman, added: ‘The decision to come to the DKFZ also serves to show that we are recognized internationally as a leading research institution.’
The royals will be welcomed by Winfried Kretschmann, governor of the state of Baden-Württemberg, and the board of directors of the DKFZ.
They also met the Nobel Prize winner and long-time chairman of the DKFZ, Professor Harald zur Hausen, for a brief conversation.
Zur Hausen identified the Papillomavirus as the cause of cervical cancer and therefore paved the way for the development of a vaccine against this illness.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008, and more recently has called for boys to also be vaccinated against HPV.
Later today the couple renew their friendly sporting rivalry when they visit the picturesque German city of Heidelberg.
William and Kate will take to the waters of the River Neckar in opposing rowing boats – with female rowers from Cambridge and Heidelberg – for a race.
The two cities are twinned and the oars-women will be coxed by their royal guests.
In the evening the Duke and Duchess will attend a Berlin reception in the mirrored hall of Clarchens Ballroom opened in 1913.
It is one of the last remaining old ballrooms in Berlin, and will play host to a reception for some of the most creative and innovative names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology.
The couple’s five-day visit to Germany and Poland has so far being a roaring success, with throngs of royal fans lining the streets to greet them wherever they go.
Kate has even been dubbed the new ‘Princess of Hearts’ by the media, as royal fever sweeps the nation.
German newspapers and TV gave blanket coverage to the the Duke and Duchess’s three day visit to the country which began yesterday, and has been nicknamed ‘die Charmeoffensive’.
The Berliner Zeitung said pictures of the Duchess cuddling children during a visit to a children’s charity in Berlin yesterday were ‘reminiscent of the warmth of heart which before Kate only William’s mother, Diana, could radiate.’
In a headline it said, ‘Fur die kids ist sie the Prinzessin der Herzen’ meaning ‘For the kids she is the Princess of the heart.’
On a visit to the charity Straßenkinder, which supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds, both William and Kate were mobbed by small children as they bestowed hugs and high fives to excitable fans.
The Duchess was the centre of attention, with several children throwing themselves into her arms for a cuddle.
KATE AND WILLIAM’S VISIT TO GERMANY
THURSDAY 20TH JULY
German Cancer Research Institute
William and Kate will meet Nobel Prize winner prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, and visit the stem cell research lab.
Traditional German market, Heidlberg
The pair will be given a tour of the traditional market by the Mayor of Heidlberg
Each will cox a boat each in a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg.
Reception at Clärchens Ballhaus
A reception will be held at the last original dancehall in Berlin for some of the most exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology.
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
The Cambridges will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science which for 2017 is focused on oceans at the Maritime Museum.
Elbphilarmonie Concert Hall
A special performance given by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra for the children of Hamburg.
Visit to Airbus
After a tour of the training facilities, the pair will meet apprentices and view the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft.
Official departure from Hamburg