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Additional reporting: Adrian Peel

It might be the home of racing, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed off their football skills during a visit to the July Racecourse at Newmarket on Cambridgeshire County Day.

A celebration of the county timed to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, there were 120 exhibitors from the Cambridgeshire business, charity, community and public sectors.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525045)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525045)

Performances and demonstrations by choirs, bands and dancers entertained the 6,000-strong crowd.

Groups including emergency services, charities and voluntary groups showcased their work at the first event of its kind in the county.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525057)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525057)

Cambridge United helped represent the county’s sporting prowess, and Aston Villa fan and Football Association president Prince William couldn’t resist trying his luck at the Cambridge United Community Trust penalty challenge. Not to be outdone, Kate had a go too.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525058)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525058)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525061)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525061)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525501)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525501)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525502)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525502)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525041)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525041)

They chatted to rowers by some ergs before moving on to visit some of the many stalls and stands which were representing numerous Cambridgeshire businesses small and large.

They spoke to the staff at Granta Park-based sequencing giant Ilumina.

Afterwards, Simon Humphrey said they were both very knowledgeable about the company’s work.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525017)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525017)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525300)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525300)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525302)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525302)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525303)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525303)

The royal couple also went to the Anglia Ruskin University stand and visited award-winning Ely-based chocolate makers Harry Specters.

A stop at the Elgood’s Brewery - the second oldest company in Cambridgeshire, founded in 1795 - gave the Duke and Duchess to try some beer.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525503)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525503)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525504)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525504)

Pupils from St Mary’s School in Cambridge were among those performing.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525508)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525508)

The royal couple spent some time at the NHS Cambridge Children's Hospital stand, talking to staff and members of the public.

Throughout their visit the couple were followed by well-wishers.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525040)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525040)

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525439)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525439)

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525509)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525509)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525440)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525440)

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525512)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525512)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525597)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at County Day on the July Course at Newmarket . Picture: Keith Heppell. (57525597)

Earlier in the day, the royal couple had witnessed the unveiling of their first official joint portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

They went on to visit East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Milton, meeting children, families, staff and volunteers.

And then they stopped off at Jimmy’s Cambridge to learn about its homeless services, and went inside a modular home to chat to one of the residents, a Big Issue seller, about it had helped change his life.



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