The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donned wrap-around safety goggles for a visit to a Rolls-Royce jet engine factory and took one of them for a spin.
William jumped at the offer to test one of the multimillion-pound machines during a guided tour of the state-of-art plant in Singapore, saying: "Yes we will," in a loud voice when asked by staff.
There was no chance of the sophisticated engine being damaged when the royals got their hands on it, as test engineers had set a limit on how hard the engine could be pushed.
Kate, wearing a white Alexander McQueen broderie anglaise suit, went first and sat down in front of a bank of screens and tentatively put her hand on the throttle as William watched.
The test facility at the huge open-plan plant began to rumble as the Trent 1000 engine, built for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane, sprang to life and began to whine and after a few moments the Duchess slowly brought it back to a stop.
Kate asked the test engineer who had been watching her every move: "Did that sound OK?" and he replied: "That was perfect, nothing wrong with that test."
The Duchess noticed some limit had been set on how far she could test the engine and when the engineer confirmed there was one, she asked, to laughter from other guests in the room: "So I wouldn't break (it)," which prompted the Duke to joke: "Try not to break any engines."