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.
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.
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.
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.
EEEP! Duke and Duchess just arrived at the @illumina tent for Cambridge County Day hanging with our Chief Scientist, David Bentley OBE and Simon Humphrey, Regional CSR Lead learning about the unique contributions of Cambridge to the story of DNA!! #illuminaproudpic.twitter.com/Bss95Ut9wy
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.