Kate Middleton really loves 1851 Trust. It’s her favorite patronage, just judging from how often she visits it versus her other twelve patronages. Kate and Prince William visited Portsmouth yesterday, July 24, visiting Sir Ben Ainslie for the second time this year.
William and Kate were greeted by kids from 1851 Trust – because they have to tie this visit into Kate’s patronage somehow in order to make it count as work.
Tayah, 17, said of meeting William and Kate: “It was so surreal meeting The Duchess today. We spoke about how the first day went at the Race Village and also about the Tech Deck and how it felt to go sailing with Sir Ben Ainslie. It was so nice meeting her and The Duke of Cambridge!”
Zak, 10, who won a competition to design the trophy said: “It was actually quite amazing meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they were really nice. They asked me how I came up with the design of the trophy.”
William also discussed Prince George with Zak. They talked about George’s birthday and what he got for presents. William’s response is… as grumpy as expected: “‘What did he get for his birthday? I’m not telling’, William, 34, said. ‘He got too many things. He’s far too spoilt, he’s not into boats yet.'”
Kate also discussed mental health with Tayah: “She spoke a lot about mental health and how we need to stop people from feeling ashamed about themselves and come out and be very open about their mental health. And she sad that we are the voice reaching out to people because we are working with them on the ground.”
Why are George’s birthday presents such a secret? And if William really doesn’t want to tell people what they bought George, why not lie and say some random toy? Why “I’m not telling”? Why play that game?
That’s cool that Kate talked about mental health, though. I wonder what exactly she said.
The 1851 Trust is the Official Charity of Ben Ainslie Racing – the British team aiming to win the America’s Cup in 2017. The Trust works to enable, engage, and encourage young people from a wide demographic to: Experience sailing and give them opportunities to continue in the sport; Understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Consider the environment and act sustainably.
After meeting with the 1851 Trust kids, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited with the Ben Ainslie Racing team and took a look at the technology which goes into the boats. They then met all the teams in the Race Village.
William and Kate then watched the six teams from USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, and Britain compete in the America’s Cup World Series preliminary races. The Cambs got to ride in a boat to watch the races, rather than watching from the shore like the rest of the thousands of people in attendance.
At the end of the race, William and Kate presented the winners with the medals and trophy. There were three races, and Ben Ainslie’s team won races two and three.
The America’s Cup finals will be held in Bermuda in July 2017 with Oracle Team USA defending on behalf of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.
Both Kate and William wore Henri Lloyd official Land Rover BAR team gear customized with their names (titles, actually) on the back. Kate wore the Land Rover BAR Replica Pique Polo Womens, then the Land Rover BAR Team Elite Jacket, and finally the Land Rover BAR Replica Half Zip Tech Top Wms. She paired all of these with skinny jeans.
Kate wore her Monsoon Fleur Wedge in taupe for the first part of the day. She previously wore these wedges on day 1 in India and for the Heads Together video. She changed into her Adidas Pure Boost sneakers for the races.
Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren leaf earrings.
Here’s a closeup of Kate’s rings.
A ‘source’ said: “They definitely wanted to go and it’s a great shame that they are not. Obviously they wanted to support the British team but Kate decided several months ago not to go after taking the best advice. It’s well known that she would like to have a third child and so she just couldn’t take the risk. It was still hoped that William or Harry could go but there is still a risk there, however small.”
Despite what the “sources” say I’m not sure Rio was ever a real possibility, regardless of the Zika virus. The only reason they went to the 2012 Games, and were “Olympics Ambassadors”, was because the Games were held in London. They didn’t go to the 2014 Games, and never went to any of the Games before 2012. Also, this “will they/won’t they” didn’t happen in 2014.
The Zika virus is a nice little excuse, but I doubt they were ever really planning on going. Seems more of the “tell the public they cancelled in order to make it seem like they were going to work more but never really intended to” type of thing that Kate’s PR did in fall 2014 when they would announce she had cancelled engagements due to HG.
So far there is nothing on Kate’s schedule. I think she probably won’t add anything to her schedule until at least September, and her next engagement won’t be until mid to late September. Judging based on her previous years’ schedules.
By the way, Ben Ainslie and his wife welcomed a daughter on Thursday.