Kate Undergoes Hardcore Anti-Kidnap Training

Now she probably knows how to communicate in code

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 3, 2011 10:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's not all summer holidays with the Queen and royal tours of California: The Duchess of Cambridge also has to deal with the possibility that she'll be kidnapped. As such, Kate recently went through a personal protection program run by members of the Special Air Service, Scotland Yard's personal protection squad, and MI5. The course—which has been called "very tough, physically and mentally," notes the Sun—teaches survival skills including driving under pressure, building a relationship with the people who are holding you hostage, and passing along messages in code.

"She has been well trained in what to do should the unthinkable happen," says a source. "VIP kidnap protection training teaches how to cope both mentally and physically. The mental element involves reacting to unusual situations." When Prince William took the course at 16, he was taught to fire a submachine gun; when Princess Diana took it, a flash bomb exploded and set her hair on fire. (Kate also just made an exclusive list; click to see which one.)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, departs after the royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, departs after the royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.   (Getty Images)
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