All eyes should have been on the magnificent soldiers on parade.
But nine-year-old Thomas Lucas managed to steal the show when he decided to perform an impromptu backflip for the Princess of Wales today.
Kate, 41, was accompanying her husband, Prince William, who was making his first visit to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor as their newly appointed Colonel of the Regiment on St David’s Day.
It was a position King Charles had held since 1975, with his son and heir taking over in December.
Speaking to Thomas afterwards, the princess – sporting a red Alexander McQueen coat and black hat – said his backflip had been ‘extraordinary’ and that she had been ‘super impressed’.
Kate Middleton was wowed by Thomas Lucas, nine, performing a somersault as she attended the St David’s Day Parade alongside her husband William
The Princess was radiant in a dazzling red coat as she joined William this morning – in the Prince’s first visit since he was made Colonel of the Regiment
She asked his parents ‘who he gets his back-flipping talents from’ and Thomas responded that he had taught himself.
The primary school pupil explained to the royal visitor that he was really into ‘parkour’, a popular type of ‘free running’ that involves athletically vaulting, jumping and climbing over obstacles to get from one point to another as quickly as possible.
Kate – who had referred to it as dancing – said ‘not dancing sorry – I need to learn all this lingo I’m not very good at it’.
Speaking after the parade, Thomas’ father, Sergeant Gareth Lucas, joked that it was typical behaviour for his son, calling him ‘non-stop’.
Pointing at both of his boys, he said: ’They’re both into parkour now, they go to classes every week.
‘Thomas self-taught himself backflips on YouTube – he just came home from school one day saying ‘I’ve learned to do a backflip’”.
The nine-year-old said it was ‘actually quite nerve-wracking because I didn’t really land it,’ but added that the Princess was ‘impressed’.
He then demonstrated it again, as the princess stood behind him, for the benefit of the cameras.
The Prince of Wales, meanwhile, handed out symbolic leeks to the soldier’s families to commemorate the day of national celebration for Wales.
He also praised them as a ‘formidable group of soldiers’, expressing his father’s ‘fierce pride and admiration’ for the Welsh Guards.
He said: ‘I am both honoured and delighted to be standing here in front of you today as your new Colonel.
‘At the same time, I’m sorry that my father couldn’t be here with us here today to say farewell, but I know he would talk of his fierce pride and admiration for you all, and of his own sadness to be moving on from an appointment he held so dear since 1975.
After the parade, Kate and Prince William met with troops from the 5th Royal Australian Regiment
The Princess was animated as she chatted to families from the Regiment as well as a group of troops
Established in 1915 by King George V, the Welsh Guards are a Light Role Infantry battalion based in Pirbright, Surrey
‘The Welsh Guards have always been a formidable group of soldiers; raised for war in 1915, then leading the way on operations ever since.’
He also recalled that his memories with The Welsh Guards Sniper Platoon Salisbury Plain are ‘some of my best’ and added: ‘Another key milestone in my life was also shared with the Welsh Guards, this time in the Jungles of Belize as I received my A-Level results over the Bowman Radio…
‘Many of you will know the feeling of being in the jungle; you’re incredibly hot, continuously soaking wet and with nowhere to hide from potentially horrendous results, it could have been a really bad day!
‘Ultimately though, it was the camaraderie, the togetherness, and of course the banter of the Welsh Guards that got me through that period, and it’s a time I look back on fondly.’
The Prince and Princess went on to meet many of the families of the Welsh Guardsmen, as well as men and women from the Australian Army who are based in the UK to help train Ukrainian soldiers.
Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Royal fan seven-year-old Elsi-Haf Cunningham, who was wearing traditional Welsh dress while her father took part in the parade.
Her mother, Krystal Cunningham, 59, said her daughter will remember the moment for the rest of her life.
‘It was a very proud moment, she absolutely loves the Royal family but has only ever seen Kate on TV,’ she said, adding: ‘It was a big moment for her.’
Kate wore glamorous make-up with pink lipstick and a dark smoky eye.
And for the occasion, she sported a replica of a leek brooch belonging to her late grandmother-in-law the Queen.
The original Welsh Guards leek brooch which was designed for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960 using the drawings of the Welsh Guardsmen.
It was presented to the late monarch as a regimental gift, and was funded by the guardsmen themselves, who each paid 12 and a half pence.
In the decades that followed, the Queen made sure to wear the brooch at most events involving the Welsh Guards.
Prince William and Kate smiled for an official photograph at the barracks
The couple sat for a photo with the Prince of Wales’s company at the St David’s Day parade
Today’s visit is particularly significant for Prince William, who became Colonel of the Welsh Guard in December last year
Kate also wore a replica of a leek brooch belonging to her late grandmother-in-law the Queen
After one young boy performed a somersault, Kate placed a supportive hand on to his back as she walked him back to his seat
The royal mother-of-three, who is known for her kind nature with children, placed a supportive hand on his back as he returned to his seat
The Princess offered a round of applause to the young boy after he performed the trick in front of the crowds
The Princess couldn’t contain her enthusiasm as the youngster performed the backflip for her in Windsor today
The princess appeared amused when a young boy performed a somersault for her at the event this morning
As Kate chatted to the youngsters during the parade, one little boy was quick to jump up to remove his hoodie and perform a trick for the Princess
The youngster was keen to whip off his hoodie and impress by the Princess with his trick, and could be seen tugging at his sleeve during the outing today
The princess shook hands with one little girl ahead of the parade in Windsor earlier this morning
Kate bent down to chat with the young girl today as she presented her with a bouquet of flowers during the parade
The mother-of-three appeared particularly taken with one young girl at the parade earlier today
During the parade, Kate showed off her motherly side as she chatted with one young girl attending the event
The royal was presented with a leek and a bouquet of flowers ahead of the parade earlier this morning
The Princess handed out the traditional leeks during the Leek giving ceremony at Combermere Barracks for the St David’s Day Parade
Meanwhile it was a particularly significant occasion for Prince William, who was named Colonel of the Welsh Guards last year
Established in 1915 by King George V, the Welsh Guards are a Light Role Infantry battalion based in Pirbright, Surrey. They have taken part in almost every British Army campaign since the First World War. Charles had been their Colonel since 1975.
William’s takeover was announced ahead of this year’s Trooping the Colour, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 250 years.
The King’s Birthday Parade – Charles’s first – will take place on the slightly later date of June 17. The King’s actual birthday is November 14.
It will see the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade, with the monarch attending and taking the salute. There are seven regiments of the senior military unit, which is responsible for delivering state ceremonial and public duties.
The reigning monarch normally holds the appointment of colonel-in-chief of the regiments, but each one also has a colonel who is normally either a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer.
It comes amid a busy week for the couple, who yesterday visited South Wales for a whirlwind day of engagements.
The pair yesterday visited Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre, near the town of Pontyclun, where a therapy garden is being developed.
The royals took part in a spin class at Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre in Port Talbot, where they heard how sport and exercise can support mental health and wellbeing.
After a 45-second race, in which Kate even asked if she could turn the bike’s resistance up and ‘make it harder’, the princess was declared the winner of the ‘Tour de Aberavon’ and handed a small trophy.
The mother-of-three appeared in high spirits today as she met members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks for the St David’s Day Parade
The Princess opted for an eye catching scarlet coat for the outing today, which she paired with black accessories
The princess beamed and laughed as she chatted with members of the public
The royal appeared animated as she spoke to crowds who had gathered to watch the parade
The Princess was beaming with joy as she took a seat to watch the parade of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks earlier today
One of the members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards pinned the traditional leek to the Princess at the parade
Dazzling Kate paired the striking coat with black accessories, including leather gloves and a small handbag
The royal was animated as she watched the parade during the visit to the Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor
Kate wore an eye-catching black fascinator, which featured black arrow detailing
The Princess also wore an unusual pair of black leather gloves with cut-out detailing for the occasion
Kate wore glamorous make-up with a pink lipstick and a dark smoky eye (pictured)
Kate and William’s appearance comes amid a busy week for the couple, who yesterday visited South Wales for a whirlwind day of engagements
The princess wore an eye-catching red coat for the St David’s Day parade this morning
Kate wore a smart white polo neck and cream coat, with a patterned houndstooth £20 Zara skirt and four-inch Gianvito Rossi boots.
For their final engagement of the day the Waleses visited the headquarters of the Wales Air Ambulance.
William has become royal patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity, Kensington Palace said.
William was a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a helicopter pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force based at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
The Princess appeared particularly excited ahead of the parade today as she prepared to watch her husband take part
During the parade, The prince presented leeks to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks, a traditional part of the St David’s Day Parade
The Princess was in good spirits as she attended the parade in Windsor earlier this morning
The Princess appeared to exchange a few words with a fellow attendee as she arrived at the Combermere Barracks
Prince William’s speech during St David’s Day parade for the Welsh Guards
Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Guardsmen of the Welsh Guards.
I am both honoured and delighted to be standing here in front of you today as your new Colonel. At the same time, I’m sorry that my father couldn’t be here with us here today to say farewell, but I know he would talk of his fierce pride and admiration for you all, and of his own sadness to be moving on from an appointment he held so dear since 1975.
The Welsh Guards have always been a formidable group of soldiers; raised for war in 1915, then leading the way on operations ever since. Key players in World War Two, The Falklands, Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan to name but a few – your Battle Honours underpin your fighting spirit of today.
The Jam Boys and Little Iron Men of the First World War laid the foundations of this Battalion, and while they may not have been my easiest or driest days in the Army, my memories with The Welsh Guards Sniper Platoon Salisbury Plain are some of my best.
Another key milestone in my life was also shared with the Welsh Guards, this time in the Jungles of Belize as I received my A-Level results over the Bowman Radio… Many of you will know the feeling of being in the jungle; you’re incredibly hot, continuously soaking wet and with nowhere to hide from potentially horrendous results, it could have been a really bad day! Ultimately though, it was the camaraderie, the togetherness, and of course the banter of the Welsh Guards that got me through that period, and it’s a time I look back on fondly.
I believe it’s only with these bonds and this ‘togetherness’, that you can create a strong body of professional soldiers, but of course, it’s not just each other that we rely upon. The support of our families, our friends and our loved ones, is vital, and I’m so pleased to see many of them here today. None of us could do what we do without their support, and I look forward to meeting you and your families over the coming years and getting to know you all.
Thank you; Cymru Am Byth.