Princess Kate served up a few drinks behind the bar during a visit to a cider farm on Thursday

By Erin Hill
Updated September 01, 2016 12:30 PM
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Princess Kate behind the bar!

Kate and Prince William stepped out Thursday for day one of their two-day trip to Cornwall and Scilly Isles of England – and a few drinks were on tap for the royal couple.

After meeting with members of the clergy at Truro Cathedral and visiting the Youth Centre Zebs earlier in the day, the duo took a tour of Healey’s Cyder’s warehouse, where they sampled some of the goods.

Kate poured a pint of Healey’s famous alcoholic Rattler cider, while admitting, “I’ve never mastered this!” She then handed it to William, who took a sip and said it tasted “just like it does in the pub.”

The couple then worked their way through six different drinks before Kate downed a shot of 120-proof (60 percent ABV) whiskey.

As owner Joe Healey pulled out bottles of cider that had matured into whiskey, brandy and rum barrels, a slight look of panic crossed William’s face.

“Rum?! This is where the engagement really goes downhill!” the royal said.

After William took a sip of the whiskey, he passed the glass to Kate, who downed a good gulp.

“Delicious!” she said.

But William had to leave the last pint, “I’ll fall over if I drink that!”

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After the couple left, Healey, who is celebrating the family firm’s 30-year anniversary, said, “It was quite a boozy pre-lunch! They seemed really up for it.”

“William in particular really likes cider and it was good to hear he drinks Rattler down his local pub,” he continued.

As soon as they arrived, William had told the family, “I like my cider.”

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Outside in the farm’s cafe and courtyard, 4-year-old Natalia Parker and 8-year-old Amelia Parker presented William with a toy rabbit for Princess Charlotte and a tractor for Prince George.

Their mother, Donna Parker, 35, said, “William was really pleased and said we couldn’t have picked better presents for the children, which was lovely.”

Kate also put rumors that she’s allergic to horses to rest by stroking resident shire horse Duchess.

After the cider tastings, the couple unveiled a plaque to celebrate the farm’s 30th anniversary, cut a cake and signed the visitors’ book.

Reporting by PHILIP BOUCHER