Kate and the kids make a splash at yacht race
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children enjoyed a day as royal “scallywags” at the seaside yesterday, watching their parents take part in a £1million charity yacht race.
Donning a sailor’s cap and sporting a toothless grin after losing his top milk teeth, Prince George, six, joined four-year-old Princess Charlotte on a boat in the Solent to see William and Kate go head-to-head in The King’s Cup regatta off Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
It was a day of triumph for William in the sporting rivalry between the highly competitive couple. Although neither won the cup, the Duke skippered his yacht to joint third place among the eight competing teams all captained by famous faces.
Kate, 37, headed the boat that finished last after getting disqualified in the second of two races.
She was presented with a giant wooden spoon, to the obvious delight of William, who avenged a 2014 defeat to his wife in a yacht race in Auckland.
The race, won by a team skippered by Chief Scout and adventurer Bear Grylls, raised £1million for eight of the Cambridges’ favourite charities.
George, who proudly ate an ant during the children’s day out on the island, was joined at the presentation by Charlotte, who made the crowd laugh by poking her tongue out.
Earlier, the pair and their 16-month-old brother Prince Louis had a whale of a time taking in some special children’s attractions on the waterfront at Cowes.
Accompanied by their grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton and some friends, they were entertained by a pirate, and watched a performer blow bubbles and balloons from a machine. George and Charlotte were also on winning team the Scallywags in a tug-of-war competition. Pirate Pete taught the three royal children and seven others “how to look like a pirate, talk like a pirate, how to walk the plank and how to find treasure”.
He said: “We’ve got a fine bunch of buccaneers on our hands. They were trying to steal my weapons, my sword, and there were some good pirate faces being pulled.
“They’re just the same as any other kids.They want to have fun.”
Charlotte and George don lifejackets yesterday. Inset, the six-year-old prince has a moment of shyness
William skippered his boat into third place in the £1million charity yacht race