The royal mom got hands-on during a visit to an outdoor education center in Snowdonia

By Simon Perry
Updated November 20, 2015 11:00 AM
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Princess Kate showed her famously sporty side during the second stop of her “away day” in Wales on Friday.

The royal mom, 33, traded her tiara for a safety helmet and ascended a climbing wall at the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in Capel Curig. The center provides adventure activities for children.

Wearing black leggings, a red athletic jacket and a big smile, Kate showed her typical athletic ease as she made the climb. She shouted “bye!” before her descent back down.

Earlier in the day, Kate and husband Prince William visited visited Caernarfon, North Wales, about 20 miles from wherethey lived in a farmhouse for nearly four years, while William was an RAFhelicopter pilot.

They were clearly enjoying their day back in Wales. Arriving shortly afterward in Denbigh, Kate was welcomed by enthusiastic locals. She said they’d had a lovely day.

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“It’s reminded us of the wonderful time we had here. I must remember to bring the kids back next time,” she told the well-wishers.

Earlier, at their first stop, the couple then went in to the Te a Cofi cafe run by a charity that helps vulnerable young people in the area GISDA. Offered a local pastry, William declined , saying, “Have you ever tried eating a Welsh cake and talking at the same time?”

During the chat with the center’s patrons and staff, they “took time to speak with all the young people. They were warm and were given the fill impression of what it’s like to be homeless in rural areas as opposed to a rural area,” says chief executive Sian Tomos.

Kate was particularly drawn to young mum Jessica Davies, 21, who has a three-and-a-half-year-old son Theo Hayward. She had been referred to GISDA’s young parent group. “How are you managing?” Kate asked of the single mum.

“I’ve got put more and it has increased my confidence,” she told Kate and William.

Davies added later, “She was very interested, very kind and nice. I was telling them that GISDA young parent group has supported me with child care and helped build my confidence and has got me socializing more.”