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Prince William and Kate Middleton have manners in any situation.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge totally kept their composure when faced with a rather large, phallic shaped clam during an eight-day trip to Canada in late 2016.

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Photo by Pool/Sam Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images

“Presentationally, they are quite challenging,” Prince William said before they took bites out of the long-neck geoduck clam that is native to British Columbia.

The inappropriately shaped sea creature was part of a food tasting the royal couple participated in on a hilltop winery in the Okanagan Valley. The couple reportedly got to feast their eyes on the clam before it was prepared in a Japanese inspired recipe.

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“There is a slightly firmer texture to this,” Kate said, according to People Magazine. “It’s really unusual. I’ve never seen it before. It’s so fresh from the sea.”

Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

“It is an extraordinary species. You can eat the body, but you can also eat the neck raw, which is what they ate,” Chef Ned Bell said after serving the dish to William and Kate. “It is absolutely phallic, but at the end of the day, it is a clam. Here on the west coast, we have some of the best wild, well-managed shellfish in the world.”

William and Kate went on several outings  in Canada. They visited Bella Bella, a remote island where they encountered rotting salmon that had returned to spawn at the Great Bear Rain Forest. They also visited the small town of Carcross for a mountain biking trek.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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