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Princess Kate shows off her strength during special royal outing in Derby

As she celebrated Captain Preet Chandi’s record-breaking accomplishment, the Princess of Wales displayed her strength.

In honor of Army Officer Captain Chandi’s successful solo crossing of Antarctica, Catherine paid a visit to Landau Forte College Derby on Wednesday. As seen in the photos below, she tried her hand at pulling two tires during a training exercise.


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During the visit, Simrat Soggi, one of the winners of Preet’s national school logo competition, received an award from Captain Chandi, who spoke to the students about her expedition along with the Princess.

As students engage in some activities that vividly depict the expedition and how Preet prepared for it, including some examples of how she trained, Catherine, who served as the expedition’s patron, joined the students.


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During her visit, Catherine tried her hand at strength training by pulling two tires that Captain Chandi used for her workouts.

Catherine participated and attempted to pull two tires, each weighing 20 kg, during a session of resistance training. The Army Officer used the tires to train for the arduous task of dragging all of her equipment and supplies across Antarctica on a 120-pound sledge while contending with temperatures of -30°C and winds of up to 60 mph.


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When Captain Chandi arrived at the college, Catherine gave her a warm welcome and said: “Good work. Others find inspiration in you.”

The Princess chose a smart-casual look, topping a straightforward long-sleeved top and navy fitted pants with a boucle jacket from high street favorite, Zara. She finished off her look with her go-to Veja sneakers.

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The Kensington Palace stated in advance of the visit: “The Princess has long been a supporter of the positive effects nature can have on our wellbeing and the transferable skills it fosters, like resilience and self-assurance. Through her work with groups like the Scouts, of which she is a joint president, she is dedicated to promoting this to young people.”

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