On Thursday, Kate Middleton and Prince William went head-to-head in a charity sailing match in Cowes on the Isle of Wight in support of several of their charitable causes. Both royals acted as skippers on their competing vessels- state-of-the-art Fast 40 boats- all racing to win the King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.
They had their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, there to support them both. Both William and Kate are accomplished sailors, but even with that and their royal status, neither William nor Kate took the top prize. However, William did place higher than Kate, giving him bragging rights around the palace.
The charity, Tusk Trust, which was helmed by none other than Bear Grylls, took the win in the first race, with Prince William finishing third while Kate’s team finished seventh. In the second race, William’s team came in fifth, while the Duchess and her team were disqualified due to starting too early. After all, races had finished, the rankings were in: Tusk Trust placed first, William’s team placing third, while poor Kate’s team came in last.
During the prize-giving ceremony, Kate was given a giant wooden spoon, the prize designated for the captain of the team that finished last. Kate couldn’t contain her laughter and buried her face in her hands as she collected the prize.
Kate and William are well-known advocates for sports, constantly working on highlighting the positive impact that athletics can have on young people not only in the UK but also overseas. Kate has made it her personal crusade to encourage children to spend more time outdoors to benefit their mental well-being.
The royal couple hopes that the King’s Cup will become an annual event, and with that bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sports, while also raising support and funds for the causes that they support, according to the palace.