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Duchess Of Cambridge Gets Stuck In During Cumbria Cadets Trip

Kate, Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, also took part in mountain biking during the visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge has tried out abseiling and mountain biking during a trip to meet Air Cadets in the Lake District.

Kate's visit marked the reopening of the Windermere Adventure Training Centre following a £2 million refit.

Thirteen-year-old Itelouwa, from Lancaster, spoke to the Duchess, who is Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, as she waited to try abseiling.

"She was about to abseil and I was next in line so she asked me if I wanted to go before her. I was a bit scared so I said no," he said.

"Even though she is a royal highness she still does things normal humans do."

Josh, 15, from the Kendal squadron of the cadets, told her about his experience in a glider and was asked by the duchess whether it made him travel sick.

When he said no, she replied: "You’re made of tougher stuff than me."

Watch: The Duchess of Cambridge recently met RAF aircrews, medics, civilians and volunteers involved in Operation Pitting.

The duchess also spoke to former cadet Emma Wolstenholme, 39, who is planning to row across the Atlantic to raise funds for the organisation in its 80th anniversary year.

Ms Wolstenholme said: “She thinks it’s incredible, an amazing challenge."

The re-opened centre at Windermere will allow hundreds of cadets from across the UK to visit the Lake District each year and take part in a wide variety of activities, building their confidence and leadership skills and achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

After spending time with the cadets, Kate was due to go on a boat trip with two of the 'Windermere Children', a group of 300 child Holocaust survivors who came to stay in the Lake District in 1945.