Kate and William have a ball playing tennis with youngsters in Edinburgh

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Kate and Prince William created quite the positive racket when they joined children for a game of tennis during their last day in Scotland.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge changed into sporty clothing and let loose during the youth tennis match at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh.

Children hoping to be the next Andy Murray joined the royal couple for a game of hopscotch, floor tennis and team cones.

It marked the end of the couple’s one-week tour of Scotland which included a visit to St Andrews where they first met.

Kate, 39, showed off her tennis skills as William, 38, took a shot while playing with pupils at Canal View Primary School.

The duke was heard commending one young player shouting “very good, brilliant shot” reports The Sun.

Kate and William proved a hit with the youngsters and were put into opposing teams.

The prince laughed in delight when a shot by Kate hit the net and for the second day running won a sporting contest against his wife.

Game, Set, Match

The event was run by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which Kate supports as a patron.

As they arrived, William asked Olly Scadgill, participation director at LTA: “How are you bringing on a new Andy or Jamie Murray?”

The couple were greeted with applause as they were introduced to the schoolchildren and Kate asked “are you all massive tennis fans?”

She was later given a spot on the blue team while Will joined the red team for a game of doubles best to three points over the net.

Wearing a Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Cricket sweater, Kate said: “The thing is with children is to give them confidence.

“You don’t need a fantastic tennis court and greatest kit. It’s about making tennis accessible to all kids.”

The new programme is for children aged four to 18 created to help make tennis accessible to as many youngsters as possible.

Fun in the park

Earlier that day, the royals showed off their green-fingered skills at events celebrating the value of parks.

Kate and William helped nursery school children scatter plant seeds that will attract butterflies and bees during a visit to the 125-year-old Starbank Park in Edinburgh.

“You’re very good gardeners,” William told the children as they showed him how to plant the seeds, adding “we’re going to get a lot of plants. It’s going to be a massive forest.”

The duke and duchess also spoke to families who use the park, including new parents Natalie Randamy, 31, and Rory Stewart, 29, and their nine-month-old daughter Penelope.

Kate cooed at the baby as she and William reminisced with the couple about their own children at the same stage.

“They were reminiscing about nine months being a bit of a game-changer for them,” Ms Randamy said.

“Kate was saying Charlotte has the same dress from Next as Penny but just in a bigger size.”

More from Scotland

Earlier this week, William and Kate sealed their return to their former university town where they enjoyed a romantic meal and an overnight stay in St Andrews.

They also tried their hand at land yachting before a walk down memory lane at the place where they fell in love.

The couple also got the chance to get cooking during a curry-making masterclass held in the cafe kitchen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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