During their first visit to Derry-Londonderry, the couple made a stop at the petting zoo on Ulster University’s Magee Campus, where Kate held a tarantula named Charlotte in the palm of her hand.
“A surprise guest appearance from Charlotte the tarantula,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote on social media.
Prince William appeared less enthused and seemed to keep his distance from the arachnid in photos.
He also joked that Kate’s bright purple suit prompted the spider to be unusually animated.
“Maybe she’s not so keen on purple, or maybe she thinks you’re a flower,” he quipped.
Instead, the Duke of Cambridge was spotted holding a snake, admitting that his eldest son would have loved it.
“George is obsessed with snakes, he’s going to be so upset he missed this,” William said of the eight-year-old.
The royal couple then made a stop at the Student Union, which was hosting a “Culture Shock” event, and sampled some local treats, as well as whiskey and Guinness.
The Duke and Duchess then played a game with the students that saw them attempt to pronounce Irish words.
“I’m going to have another drink, I’m not doing very well at this,” William joked.
The pair also met with some nursing students they had spoken to earlier this year, then kicked a football around with City of Derry Rugby players, coaches, and volunteers involved in the Sport Uniting Communities initiative.
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