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Ready for a Rematch! Relive Prince William and Princess Kate’s History of Competitive Boat Racing

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Prince William takes part in a dragon boat race in Dalvay Lake, Prince Edward Island on July 4, 2011
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz

Prince William and Princess Kate are ready to race — again!

The competitive couple will take part in a rowing race on the Necker River in Heidelberg, Germany, on July 20, towards the end of their upcoming visit to the country.

And it will be a royal rematch. They took part in a dragon boat race across Dalvay Lake during their first royal tour as a married couple in July 2011. William won bragging rights in the royal household — as the race ended with a slight victory and a conciliatory hug for Kate at the finish line.

Princess Kate takes part in a dragon boat race in Dalvay Lake, Prince Edward Island on July 4, 2011.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz
The couple hugs after taking part in the dragon boat race.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz

But three years later, the couple faced-off on the high seas again as they took part in a sailing challenge with the America’s Cup crews in New Zealand. During that race in April 2014, Kate got the upper hand as she trounced her husband in the contest at Auckland Harbor.

Will and Kate on board an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland Harbour in April 2014.
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Kate enjoys her win against William
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Royal officials are tight-lipped about whether either has been in training for the upcoming race, which will see members of Cambridge University team likely taking up places in one team opposite the Heidelberg squad. But if past races are anything to go by, William and Kate will be taking the “friendly race,” as a spokesman put it, it very seriously.

The couple are also taking their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them on the five-day tour of Poland and Germany that kicks off on July 17.