KATE and Prince William have arrived in Cowes and are taking part in a charity regatta – with the Duchess of Cambridge rocking a new hairstyle for the occasion.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are racing against each other in a regatta. The pair arrived in Cowes at approximately 12pm, welcomed by hundreds of adoring royal fans and the organisers of The King’s Cup – the official name of the sailing competition.
Kate wore a colourful striped shirt with the same trousers she wore in Cutty Sark in May, when she unveiled the historic King’s Cup.
Prince William adopted a casual style as well, wearing a dark blue suit and a shirt without a tie.
But they quickly changed into something more appropriate for the sailing race, before posing with the other contestants.
During the race, both William and Kate wore white polo shirt, black shorts and trainers.
Kate and Prince William are racing against each other in The King’s Cup today (Image KENSINGTON PALACE KELVIN BRUCE GETTY)
Kate and Prince William are racing against each other in The King’s Cup today (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE/KELVIN BRUCE/GETTY)
Kate Middleton and Prince William with the other six skippers in today’s race (Image: TWITTER/KENSINGTON PALACE)
Kate also gathered her hair in a tight ponytail and wore a hat.
The pair are taking part in the race with six other boats led by celebrities.
Each boat is representing one of the organisations supported by the royals this year.
Among the other celebrities in the competition playing the role of skippers there are Bear Grylls and Helen Glover.
Kate and William are to represent two of the charities they support during today’s race (Image: KELVIN BRUCE)
Kate and William have raced against one another before (Image: KELVIN BRUCE)
Today’s race aims to raise awareness and cast a light on the work these charities do.
The regatta was scheduled to take place tomorrow – but adverse weather conditions forced the royals to change their plans and move it to today at 2pm.
Kensington Palace said yesterday: “Due to adverse weather conditions forecasted for Friday in Cowes, The King’s Cup hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will now take place on Thursday 8th August at 1400hrs.”
Ahead of today’s race, the palace built up the excitement of royal fans releasing a close-up picture of the King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.
Kate is challenging William as one of the skippers in the race (Image PA)
The King’s Cup is a historic trophy (Image KENSINGTON PALACE TWITTER)
Kate and William competed against each other in a sailing regatta in 2014 (Image: GETTY)
The palace wrote: “It’s race day!
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today go head to head in The King’s Cup, raising awareness and funds for eight causes.”
Royal fans can head to Cowes and watch for free the race from the SailGP Race Village.
But even those unable to head south-west are planning to follow the event via social media – with many already cheering for Kate’s boat.
Kate is racing in support of The Royal Foundation’s Early Years programme (Image: PA)
The Royal Family’s family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
One wrote on Twitter: “Bring it on!!! #TeamCatherine all the way!”
Another said: Yaaay!!! I love you so much William but today I’m #TeamCatherine”
And a third said: “Go girl power! #TeamCatherine”
This much-anticipated race was launched in May, when Kate and William headed to Cutty Sark in London to unveil the King’s Cup.
Kate and William are raising awareness and funds for their charities (Image: PA)
Kate and William unveiling the King’s Cup (Image: GETTY)
But this is not the first time Kate and William, supporters of an outdoor lifestyle, go head-to-head in a sailing race.
Prince William triumphed over his wife in 2011, during a dragon boat race in Canada.
However, Kate took her revenge in 2014, when shown another sailing event in Auckland, New Zealand.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK