Catherine, Duchess of
Cambridge, had most people impressed with her royal ways. Now, though, there’s a glitch in the universal
popularity stakes. Kate has been criticised by a wildlife expert after she was
pictured flaunting a gun during a game shoot.
The Duchess is believed to
be practising her shooting skills ahead of the royal family's traditional
Boxing Day pheasant shoot on 26 December at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham
estate in Norfolk, England.
Pictures showing her
holding a shotgun have been published in UK newspapers, and bird expert Bill
Oddie is upset at seeing such a high-profile royal apparently taking up a
In a post on his blog,
Oddie writes, "Disappointment and despair were amongst my emotions at seeing
photos in the papers of Kate Middleton toting a rifle. We were informed that
she is practising madly so that she can join the royal shooting parties this
Christmas at Sandringham.
"She is reported to be
getting quite lethal, but she won't match her husband (Prince William) who is
reputed to be a real crack shot."
Kate and Prince William haven't responded to Oddie's comments yet.