ROY­ALS AHOY!

Kate and the kids make a splash at yacht race

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Palmer

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

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