Princess Charlotte made the crowds erupt with laughter when she stuck her tongue out at them, instead of waving, as she joined her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge at a star-studded King’s Cup regatta at Cowes, Isle of Wight, today.
Charlotte, 4, and her brother George, 6, were there to support Kate and William as they went head-to-head in a charity sailing regatta – but it was not enough to help poor Kate who came away with the wooden spoon.
Excited Prince George flashed a gap-toothed grin – showing he’s lost even more milk teeth. While he also proudly showed off his captain’s hat and badge as he took in the action from a support boat alongside sister Charlotte, four, and grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton.
But the family support was not enough to spur William, 37, or Kate, also 37, to victory and the couple finished in third and eighth place, respectively.
Despite the loss the royals put on a sportsman like display at the prize-giving ceremony, congratulating winning skipper Bear Grylls as he was presented with the trophy.
After lifting the trophy, Grylls appeared to suggest that George had eaten an ant when he said: ‘And also Prince George, your first ant you ate today. And that is a great moment. Well done you.’
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George’s gap-toothed grin! Prince George, six, looked the part in a captain’s hat as he cheered on his parents alongside sister Princess Charlotte, four, at the event in the Isle of Wight today
Cheeky Charlotte! The four-year-old princess couldn’t resist sticking her tongue out as she looked down at spectators
The brother and sister watched the races today with their mother – with Prince George in a high street top and Charlotte wearing a designer dress with blue and white stripes
Princess Charlotte steps back after it looks like water hits her as her mother laughs (left) while Prince George and Princess Charlotte watch on as the Regatta took place today
Wooden spoon! The Duchess of Cambridge was handed the wooden spoon after finishing in last place in the race
Still smiling! The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t let the loss dampen her spirits and saw the funny side as she was handed the wooden spoon, left. The team skippered by adventurer Bear Grylls won the race and the adventurer was given the trophy
In her element: The Duchess of Cambridge gave 100 per cent as she skippered her team off the Isle of Wight this afternoon
Giving it her all! Kate, right, pulled a funny face as she tried – and failed – to captain her team to victory. Left, Prince William
The young royal proudly held onto his name badge while donning a captain’s hat as he supported his adventurous parents as they went head-to-head in the race
Princess Charlotte held the hand of a friend as she waited to greet her mum and dad after their adventurous day at sea
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After a day at sea, Prince George flashed a big grin and refused to let go of his beloved captain’s hat which he was pictured wearing all afternoon
Other stars taking part included the comedian John Bishop and Olympic rower Helen Glover. Each of the eight boats that took part in the regatta represented an cause supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
George and Charlotte joined their grandparents and a handful of friends on a boat to watch the sailing spectacle.
Both wore nautical inspired outfits. George donned a striped £10 from H&M while sister Princess Charlotte, four, opted for a blue and white striped dress from Ralph Lauren kids, £128.
The pair both looked relaxed on the water as their boat followed their parents’ around the course on a cloudy but relatively calm day around Cowes.
Princess Charlotte jokingly pokes her tongue out at the Sail GP prize giving ceremony while her mother Kate Middleton and grandmother Carole Middleton watch on
Duchess of Cambridge pulls a funny face as she puts her arms around Charlotte in a playful moment at Cowes this afternoon
The Duchess of Cambridge points out something to a curious Princess Charlotte as the family attend the King’s Cup prize giving. Grandmother Carole Middleton had a firm grip on her granddaughter’s other hand
Ahead of the first race, the boats were recalled to the starting line after an initial false start in which some of them were over the line.
And in the second race, many boats – including Kate’s – were disqualified for not going back and starting the race at the line.
The duchess, wearing a baseball cap with her hair in a ponytail, sat on the side of her boat alongside crew members for the afternoon of sailing. She appeared in excellent spirits and smiled broadly as she headed out on the water.
George and Charlotte joined their grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton on a boat to watch the race. The close relationship was clear to see, with Michael putting an affectionate arm around George as they looked out on the water.
No hard feelings! The Duchess of Cambridge smiled at race winner Bear Grylls – despite finishing in last place
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh ahead of the prize giving for the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight this afternoon
The Duchess of Cambridge laughs about being awarded a wooden spoon during the prize giving after her boat came last in the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight
Kate MIddleton went head to head with her husband today – but was awarded wooden spoon during the prize giving after her boat came last
Kate Middleton and Prince William giggle as she’s awarded a spoon at the prize presentation at this years King’s Cup at Cowes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch on as Bear Grylls is awarded the King’s Cup during the prize giving following the the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight
Bear Grylls is awarded the King’s Cup during the prize giving following the the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes (left) and Kate looks on at the wooden spoon that she was awarded today for coming last at the event
Kate Middleton and William smile and cheer as the winners of this years race are announced today after the rode in
Bear Grylls and his crew who competed on behalf of Tusk are presented with the Kings Cup after winning the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The proud grandparents were also on hand to keep an eye on the young royals while William and Kate went up on stage during the presentation ceremony.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carefully chose the charities and causes that were represented today.
The duke was competing on behalf of Child Bereavement UK, England Women’s footballer Fara Williams represented Centrepoint, television presenter Dan Snow raced for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30th anniversary campaign, and Grylls was skipper on a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk.
Kate chose four of her patronages and was competing on behalf of the Royal Foundation, in connection with her work on the early years development of children.
Bishop was competing for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton was supporting Place2Be, and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover was taking part for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
Kate, 37, was seen dressed in a jacket, shorts and trainers, shielding her face with a cap as she joined the team racing her husband Prince William in the King’s Cup race around Cowes
Pulling a cheeky smile, Princess Charlotte, four, wore her brown hair tied back off her face as she waited to see whether her mother or father would cross the finish line first
The young royal wore a nautical-inspired striped dress from Ralph Lauren kids, £128, and a life jacket as she watched from a boat
Michael and Carole Middleton looked after Prince George as his parents competed head-to-head in the charity regatta
Michael Middleton looked on as Prince George watched the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The young royal looked at home as he took to the captain’s seat, before coming over shy and hiding behind a post on the boat
Donning a nautical-inspired top, the Prince was dressed for the occasion as he was looked after by grandfather Michael Middleton (pictured far right)
Prince George, who was dressed in a nautical-inspired £5 H&M polo top, showed off his gap-toothed smile as he joined grandfather Michael Middleton aboard the supporter’s boat
Prince George was pictured resting on the edge of the boat as he waited in anticipation to see which of his parents would cross the finishing line first and be crowned victorious
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and their celebrity rivals – all competed 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 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.
The mother-of-three was seen wearing a cap as she competed on behalf of The Royal Foundation in the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The sporty duchess couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she continued the race against her husband and a selection of other famous faces
Kate (pictured) looked in her element as she went head-to-head in the eight-boat regatta in support of her chosen charitable causes
With her brown locks scraped back neatly into a cap, Kate’s face was full of concentration as she steered her team’s boat – hoping it will be to victory. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup trophy at a public prize giving ceremony later this afternoon
The duchess took a well-earned break as she clutched her water bottle while appearing to keep an eye on any potential rivals
The Duchess of Cambridge skippers a sailing boat in the eight boat regatta, The King’s Cup at Cowes off the south coast of England
Pictured: John Bishop at the helm racing on behalf of Action on Addiction during the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The royal arrived in a pair of navy trousers and striped top, before changing into a sporty outfit of a polo shirt, blue shorts, white jacket and a hat before making her way to her boat
Prince William donned an all black outfit and looked in his element as he raced in one of the state of the art Fast-40 boats
Prince William appeared deep in thought as he took to the helm during the King’s Cup Regatta in Isle of Wight in support of his charities
The Duke of Cambridge has a face full of concentration as he hoped to steer his team’s boat to victory
The Duchess, pictured, champions how the benefits of sport, nature and the outdoors can impact childhood development, and lead to improved physical and mental well being for all
Kate could be seen holding onto her cap amid the windy weather conditions as she continues to take part in the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight
The sporty duchess fit in nicely amongst her team mates as she competed in the King’s Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight today
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.
Ahead of the race, Kate made a quick outfit change into a white polo shirt and navy shorts. The royal posed alongside husband Prince William and The King’s Cup charity ambassadors, Fara Williams for CentrepointUK, Dan Snow for LDNairamb, Bear Grylls for Tusk, John Bishop for ActionAddiction, Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Helen Glover for AFNCCF
Kate, 37, looked in high spirits as she arrived in the Isle of Wight today. The royal is competing against husband Prince William in a major sailing regatta in support of Their Royal Highnesses’ charitable causes
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits as she arrived at the event alongside husband Prince William
William, 37, and Kate arrived at The Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes to sail in The Kings Cup Sailing Race. They are competing against stars including adventurer Bear Grylls, comedian John Bishop and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have gone head-to-head on the water before, with Kate triumphing in a sailing race on their 2014 royal tour of New Zealand, pictured