Prince William and Kate Middleton are fans of the Boris bike hire scheme

According to an official spokesperson for the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton are fans of the Barclays Bike Hire scheme and occasionally use the rented bikes to get about London when on private journeys.

The St James Palace official made the statement to LBC Radio after the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, told the station that he’d heard a rumour that the newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been known to make use of the bike rental scheme he introduced to the city in the summer of 2010.

The spokesperson confirmed this week that this is indeed true, and by doing so, granting the Barclays Bicycle Hire scheme with the royal seal of approval.

Since its launch in 2010, the bike rental service in London, dubbed the Boris Bikes, has attracted 142,000 subscribers and facilitated 7 million bicycle journeys across the city to date. The number of docking stations spread across the city now stands at 400, with plans to build several hundred more over the course of the next year.

Despite being one of the most talked about and photographed couples in the world since their London wedding in April of this year, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attempting to lead as normal a life as possible, with Kate being spotted regularly in her local Waitrose on Anglesey doing her weekly shop and buying clothes in Kensington High Street’s Topshop.