IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Duchess Kate puts some wind behind event for sailing charity

Duchess Kate couldn't hide her artistic flair — or her larger baby bump — as she paid a visit to an organization inspiring young sailors.
/ Source: & Other Stories

Duchess Kate couldn’t hide her artistic flair — or her noticeably larger baby bump — as she paid a visit Thursday to an organization trying to inspire a new generation of sailors.

Duchess Kate as she visits a charity event in Portsmouth.Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The duchess, who is expecting her second child in April, paid a visit to the Portsmouth headquarters of 1851 Trust, which is trying to involve more children in sailing and the marine industry, while also aiming to help Britain get its first America’s Cup victory.

Upon arriving at the event, Duchess Kate met with a group of schoolchildren painting a maritime-themed mural.

At the risk of dirtying her belted cream-colored wool coat by Max Mara, she picked up a paintbrush and added her personal flair to the display.

The Duchess of Cambridge adds her personal touch to a mural.STEFAN WERMUTH / Reuters

Kate is a royal patrol on 1851 Trust, which is headed by Olympic gold medal sailor Ben Ainslie.

As a token of his gratitude, Ainslie presented the duchess with something for her to take home to young Prince George.

The event is the first public appearance since the Duchess of Cambridge returned from a vacation on the West Indies island of Mustique with her husband, Prince William, their son, and the Middleton family.

Kate is a big fan of sailing. During a royal visit to New Zealand last April, she handily defeated Prince William in a pair of yacht races.

Duchess Kate gestures to Prince William as she steers an America's Cup yacht towards her husband after crossing the finish line.PHIL NOBLE / Reuters

The couple raced while taking the helm of two America’s Cup yachts for a pair of three-mile races.

Follow writer Eun Kyung Kim on Twitter.