Hot toast warm-up for William and Kate at Stockholm bandy session

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their Scandinavian tour by learning about an unusual form of hockey called bandy.

William and Kate watched the popular activity in a snow-covered park in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Royal visit to Scandinavia - Day One
Youngsters playing bandy hockey in the snow (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The game involves 11 players a side on a rink similar in size to a hockey pitch.

The royal couple started their day with a traditional toast with a hot drink carried in a flask in a briefcase known as a "Bandy Portfolio".

They wore bobble hats and winter coats as they watched two teams playing in the Vasaparken open area in sub-zero temperatures.

The Duke and Duchess 's first stop was in Vasaparken in Stockholm (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Duke and Duchess 's first stop was in Vasaparken in Stockholm (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

William applauded as a goal was slammed home by one player and watched intently as the youngsters began practising penalties.

Welcome to Stockholm. The standard of HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, flies from the British Residence, with English Church behind. @UKinSweden@KensingtonRoyal#RoyalVisitSwedenpic.twitter.com/HOX3X1QpZ0

-- David Cairns (@David_S_Cairns) January 30, 2018

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