Kate Middleton covers baby bump while playing hockey alongside Prince William – as royals arrive in Sweden for first day of four-day Scandinavia tour

Posted on Jan 30 2018 - 2:24pm by admin

Kate Middleton and Prince William are visiting SwedenKate Middleton and Prince William are visiting Sweden [Getty]

Kate Middleton and Prince William, who are expecting their third child together, will be meeting the Nordic royals in Sweden during their stay – and they have been pictured during the first morning of their four-day tour of Scandinavia. 

The royal pair were seen arriving on Monday night ahead of their visit to Stockholm on Tuesday morning, which includes a trip to an outdoor ice skating rink to watch a bandy hockey event. 

Dating back to 1813, the sport began in Cambridgeshire, and has now become one of the most popular winter sports in Scandinavia – with Kate herself trying her hand at the sport in front of thousands. 

Kate Middleton tried her hand at hockeyKate Middleton tried her hand at hockey [Getty]

Kate Middleton stunned as she walked alongside WilliamKate Middleton stunned as she walked alongside William [Getty]

Kate Middleton and Prince William beamed as they set off on the tourKate Middleton and Prince William beamed as they set off on the tour [Getty]

Pregnant Kate looked happy and healthy in a bobble hat and cosy coat, walking alongside Prince William in the winter snow as they greeted the young players at the sporting event. 

Wrapping up warm, mum-of-two Kate smiled widely at onlookers as her and her husband – who wore a matching bobble hat to his wife – learned all about the sport the country is so passionate about. 

Their trip will involve meetings with many royal family members, including the current monarch of Sweden is Carl XVI Gustaf, who came to the throne in 1973.

Kate Middleton laughed as she tried her hand at the sportKate Middleton laughed as she tried her hand at the sport [Getty]

Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their third childKate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their third child [Getty]

Kate Middleton and Prince William are touring around SwedenKate Middleton and Prince William are touring around Sweden [Getty]

On the first day, Kate and Will are set to go to lunch at the Royal Palace in Stockholm with King Carl and Queen Silvia, as well as other regal guests – including the heir to the Swedish throne. 

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The UK’s links with each country are extensive, and their royal highnesses are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with both Sweden and Norway.”

The Duke and Duchess’ last tour was in Germany and Poland in July, where they attended with their two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. 

Kate Middleton looked sensational as she tried her hand at hockeyKate Middleton looked sensational as she tried her hand at hockey [Getty]

Kate and William will not be joined by their four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter as both have started school and nursery.

George started his education at Thomas’s Battersea school in September 2017,while Charlotte only started Willcocks Nursery School in January 2018, with her mum Kate Middleton sharing adorable photographs of her with the public.

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