The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved rainy weather to travel to Portsmouth today for the Americas Cup. Kate, as patron of the 1851 Trust and supporter of Ben Ainsley Racing and Team Great Britain, was to attend the final qualifying races in Portsmouth.
The day had a bumpy start – quite literally – when dangerous winds and torrential rain forecasts moved the first race forward by an hour. When the 1200 race was set to begin, the area was quickly evacuated as it was considered too dangerous for racing. It was a disappointment for many, but did not damper the royal visit.
William and Kate meeted and greeted members of the team, staff, and volunteers that work with BAR and the 1851 Trust. They viewed training equipment, including a sailing and rowing simulator, and learned about the new technology in racing and training.
In a nervewracking experience, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched the BAR boats airlifted from the dangerous waters. Kate was clearly on edge during this, as we saw some very funny, very anxious looks!
The Duchess of Cambridge met with young children who had recently taken their first sailing lesson. Kate loves chatting with children, and encouraged them to continue their lessons. Her love of sailing is evident during these meetings.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were presented their own gifts at the event. They received their own matching half-zip pullovers to match their mummy and daddy! The little royals also received a beautiful toy boat each – a replica of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in matching half-zip pullovers by Henri Lloyd. The style featured the BAR logo on the front and their royal titles embroidered on the back. Kate also wore her trusty Zara jeans, Anoushka pearl drop earrings, and Sebago “Bala” boat shoes.
For the awards ceremony, Catherine swapped her pullover for her navy Zara blazer. She also changed into her Stuart Weitzman wedges. We could easily ID her top as the black and white striped Me + Em breton top and see her sparkly Mappin & Webb “Fortune” necklace.
Overall, it was a really great event – rain or shine! Kate’s love and passion for sailing is evident in these engagements. We wish the best of luck to Team GB in the next legs of the Americas Cup competition!