The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed a previously hidden talent, after stepping into help students complete a tricky crossword.

Kate Middleton surprise the students during a meet and greet at the University of Glasgow campus with Prince William.

Jack Baird, 21, a second-year student, caught the duchess’s eye waving a copy of an old crossword puzzle.

The student was stumped and couldn't figure out an answer about the royal family. The duchess, who has a 2:1 degree in the history of art, grabbed the print-out and offered to help.

The clue was about the Queen’s financial arrangements.

Baird told the Times newspaper: “It was two words of five and four letters,” he said. “I couldn’t get the second word. I gave it to Kate and asked her as I’m sure she would have known. And she said it was ‘Civil List’.

He explained: “She was very excited. It didn’t look like she was going to get it for a moment. She looked thrilled. I think she thought ‘I wouldn’t live this down if I get this wrong’.”

Baird, from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, who had been revising when Kate arrived, had no idea that the campus was about to receive a royal visit.

The focus of the visit was on the local branch of JD Sports, where a sign on the shop front proclaimed: “The King of Trainers.”

Also yesterday the Prince of Wales was in south London doing a walkabout in a street market with Rishi Sunak, the chancellor.

Hundreds gathered by East Street market off the Walworth Road to catch a glimpse of the prince as he greeted well-wishers during a visit to meet young people who have benefited from a job creation scheme supported by the Prince’s Trust.

To shouts of “God bless you, Prince Charles!” and “How’s your mum?” he was surrounded by a throng of people brandishing mobile phone cameras and trying to shake his hand.

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