Duke of Edinburgh demonstrates survival skills in Belize
The Duke of Cambridge declared “Ray Mears will eat your heart out” as he brushed up on his jungle survival skills in Belize by drinking rainwater from a grapevine.
William was just 18 years old when he was taught the essential techniques by the British Army Training Support Unit (BATSUB) in Belize at the start of his year abroad in 2000.
He has been reunited with his former Sandhurst sergeant major, who now heads the jungle unit, and the officer described the future king – who turns 40 this year – as having “aged gracefully”.
The Duke and Duchess spent more than 90 minutes with a crash-course version of the survival techniques taught to British soldiers who spend six to eight weeks in the Belizean jungle.
Upon arrival at BATSUB headquarters, dubbed “The Schoolhouse,” the pair were briefed on the five main pillars of environmental survival – cooking, animal traps, shelters, water trapping and fire.
William and Kate were shown how to boil water using a plastic bottle dangling over a fire, make bamboo as a pressure cooker, and make a bamboo spear to capture and kill monkeys and birds to eat.
Facing a guillotine-style trap hanging five meters in the air from a tree, William addressed the press who had gathered to the side of the contraption and joked, “Ah, it might catch the media”, as Kate burst out laughing.
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