Prince William and Duchess Kate hug kids, play sports during Coach Core Essex visit

Princess Kate has enjoyed a six-month maternity leave, but now she will be returning to her royal duties. Keri Lumm reports.
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Prince William and Duchess Kate got playful during a visit to Coach Core Essex at the Basildon Sporting Village outside London Tuesday.

Coach Core program helps to engage a diverse local community with sports – and the royal couple seemed to have fun taking part in the athletics and getting friendly with the students.

The duchess looked sleek in black pants, a black turtleneck and a plaid black-and-white blazer by Smythe. William opted for a somewhat casual blue quarter-zip pullover and navy pants.

Duchess Kate and Prince William arrive to visit Basildon Sporting Centre in Basildon, Essex, Britain on Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA, EPA-EFE)

Not only were they royals stylish, they were also demonstratively affectionate to those in attendance. Kate gave out multiple hugs at the event.

Duchess Kate greets members of the public as she arrives at Basildon Sporting Centre on Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA, EPA-EFE)

During the visit, the royal couple met new apprentices and heard from graduates of the program.

Duchess Kate hugs a Coach Core Essex participant. (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS, AFP/Getty Images)

And of course, they even tried their hand at a few sports themselves.

Duchess Kate plays tennis as she joins a session with a group during a visit to the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme in London on Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: WPA Pool, Getty Images)

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