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Prince William: I'm like a 'giraffe on ice' playing football

The Duke of Cambridge joked that he was like "giraffe on ice" on a football field during a visit to an academy school in south-east London.

He said: "Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight – the expression giraffe on ice springs to mind.

"However it is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet!

"Catherine, on the other hand, with a tennis racquet or a hockey stick is something to behold and be aware of."

The royals visited the academy school to attend the launch of a new project that is being supported by their charitable Foundation.

Royals attend sports project launch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the launch of a new sports project in south east London that aims to train the next generation of sports coaches.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive in Rotherhithe.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive in Rotherhithe. Credit: ITV News

Young trainers are expected to put their students through their paces for the royal trio, whose charitable foundation is supporting the initiative.

The royals arrive for the launch of a new sports project in south east London. Credit: ITV News

Judo, basketball, five-a-side football and table tennis will be demonstrated for William, Kate and Harry during a visit to a college in Rotherhithe.

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Timeline: William and Kate's first year

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William and Kate were married on 29 April 2011 Credit: Chris Weeks/PA Wire

April 29 2011 - Prince William and Catherine Middleton marry at Westminster Abbey.

May - The royal couple honeymoon in the Seychelles.

June - William and Kate attend their first public engagement as a married couple at a gala for the Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) charity.

July - The pair embark on a 10-day tour of Canada and California.

August - The Duke and Duchess visit Birmingham to show their support for those affected by the summer riots.

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The Duke and Duchess visited Prince Edward Island in Canada Credit: Mark Large/PA Wire

September - The couple open a cancer treatment centre together at the Royal Marsden hospital in Surrey.

October - Commonwealth leaders agree on an historic change to give sex equality in royal succession.

November - The couple announce they will establish their own London base at Princess Margaret's former home at Kensington Palace.

December - William and Kate visit homeless youngsters just before Christmas in London, and acquire a cocker spaniel puppy called Lupo.

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The Duchess spoke in public for the first time at a children's hospice Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth /PA Wire

January 2012 - The royal couple see in the New Year in a reindeer herder's tepee pitched at the Duchess' parents' home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

February - William continues his RAF service as a search and rescue pilot in the Falkland Islands.

March - The Duchess of Cambridge speaks in public for the first time as the patron of a children's hospice near Ipswich.

April - The couple celebrate their first year of marriage.

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