Come on, Mum and Dad! Prince George dons a captain’s hat as he joins Princess Charlotte on a boat to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton race in an Isle of Wight charity sailing regatta

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Come on, Mum and Dad! Prince George dons a captain’s hat as he joins Princess Charlotte on a boat to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton race in an Isle of Wight charity sailing regatta
Duke, 37, and Duchess of Cambridge, 37, set off in the sailing regatta in support of their charitable causes
Each boat taking part represents one of eight charities and the winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup
Kate arrived wearing a colourful frill top by Sandro, £135 and navy L.K. Bennett trousers, which retail at £150
She then changed into nautical-inspired outfit consisting of navy shorts and white polo top ahead of the race
Prince George, six, showed off gap-toothed smile as he joined Princess Charlotte, four, to cheer on parents
Public watched race from the grandstands on shore as others enjoyed fun-filled activities along the seafront

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are cheered on by number one fans Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they go head-to-head in a star-studded eight-boat sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight today.

Kate, 37, arrived in a pair of £150 L.K.Bennett navy trousers and a £135 colourful frilled top by Sandro, before changing into a more practical polo shirt and shorts as she set sail for the inaugural King’s Cup race around Cowes.

A gap-toothed Prince George, six, donned a nautical-inspired £5 H&M polo top, while sister Princess Charlotte, four, opted for a blue and white striped dress from Ralph Lauren kids, £128, as they joined grandfather Michael Middleton to watch the event unfold from a boat.

The young royals supported dad William, 37, and their sporty mother, who are not only racing against each other, but also a selection of famous faces – including adventurer Bear Grylls, comedian John Bishop and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover.

Each boat taking part represents one of Their Royal Highnesses’ eight charities and the winning team will later be awarded the historic trophy The King’s Cup, which was first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

The charities represented are those being supported this year by Their Royal Highnesses, which include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk – four causes of which The Duke is Patron.

The Duchess is supporting four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s longstanding work on Early Years.

As for the stars, England Women’s footballer Fara Williams is representing Centrepoint, while television presenter Dan Snow is racing for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30th anniversary campaign.

Grylls is skippering a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk, Bishop is competing for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Glover for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are competing against one another and six other teams in state of the art Fast-40 boats.

Members of the public cheered as they watched the race from 800-seater grandstands on the shore, with footage also played on screens across the town.

Meanwhile, others took the opportunity to participate in a number of family-friendly activities and exhibits which promote sailing around the event, including initiatives and programmes for children and young people.

The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup trophy at a public prize giving ceremony later this afternoon, which is to be held at the SailGP Race Village along Cowes seafront towards Egypt Point.

The Duke and Duchess are strong advocates for sport, and have undertaken work both in the UK and overseas to highlight the positive impact that sport can have on the individual and within local communities.

The Duchess in particular champions how the benefits of sport, nature and the outdoors can impact childhood development, and lead to improved physical and mental wellbeing for all.

Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support.

The event also gives the couple the chance to renew their sporting rivalry.

The duke trounced his wife when they competed in a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but Kate got her revenge three years later when she won a sailing event in Auckland during their tour of New Zealand.

William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017, when he was victorious in a riverboat race against his wife.

William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017, when he was victorious in a riverboat race against his wife.

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