Kate Middleton volunteered to take the same test of her brain’s abilities as the aspiring Olympic athletes she met on Wednesday afternoon. The test consisted of reacting quickly to moving dots on an HD screen, in order to measure how fast a subject — in this case, the Duchess of Cambridge — processes information in her brain.
The test took place at the latest Kate Middleton official royal outing Wednesday afternoon, when the Duchess spent a full two hours at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London, with a a large group of teenage athletes who hope to qualify for Great Britain’s 2020 Olympic team, when the games will be held in the stifling humidity of Tokyo, Japan.
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The athletes were subjected to stress tests inside an “environmental chamber” meant to simulate the sweltering conditions of Tokyo in the summer months.
Kate Middleton, wearing a plum-colored Vreeland Dress by Goat and sporting, according to eyewitnesses, a slight but noticeable “baby bump,” did not volunteer to take a test inside the sauna-like chamber. She did bravely take a quick tour of the chamber, however, where the heat is set to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity at 60 percent.
The visit was part of SportsAid, a charity for British athletes that has supported British Olympic and other athletic programs since 1976. Kate’s husband, Prince William, is the official patron of the charity — and as an avid recreational athlete herself, the charity is said to be one of Middleton’s favorites.
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While no official results of the Kate Middleton brain test were released — or in all likelihood, even taken — judge for yourself how well she did in the following video posted on the Clarence House Instagram account, the official Instagram of the Prince of Wales and his clan.
Judging by her alertness in the cognitive test, and the unusual length of her visit with the athletes, the Duchess of Cambridge appears fully recovered from the traumatic bout of hypermesis gravidarum, the debilitating nausea condition caused by her pregnancy, that kept her sidelined for six weeks, until she reappeared in public on October 21.
It looks as if Kate will have no problem making a planned trip to New York with Prince William and their baby son, Prince George, set for early December. Difficult as it is to believe, Kate Middleton has reportedly never visited New York City in her nearly 33 years on the planet.
On her tour of the GSK facility, operated by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Kate Middleton was guided by Olympic swimming silver medalist Keri-Ann Payne, and wheelchair athlete David Weir, a six-time Paralympic gold medalist.