Kate Middleton makes rare appearance in shorts during yacht race

Kate Middleton is going off script.

On Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, wore three very different nautical looks for a yacht race and children’s activity in Plymouth, England – including two pairs of shorts.

Wearing custom white linen shorts from British heritage brand Holland Cooper ($243) and a striped navy sweater from Erdem, Middleton looked perfectly preppy — and showed off her super-toned legs — when she arrived at the event.

Shorts are not a typical part of her royal wardrobe; in fact, this marks the third time Middleton has ever worn the style since he married Prince William in 2011.

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The Duchess helped teach children about protecting the ocean during a Trust activity in 1851.
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The first time Middleton ever wore shorts to an official royal engagement was just a few years ago for a boat regatta in 2019 — it was the first time she’d been seen in the style in public since 2008.

This time, she didn’t let decades go by before opting for a khaki pair at another yacht race on the family’s Caribbean tour earlier this year.

On Sunday, Middleton added her beloved white canvas Superga sneakers ($65) and gold Orelia London chain earrings ($23) to her look, joining famed Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie on behalf of the athlete’s charity 1851 Trust, of which she acts as a patron.

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Middleton pulled her back in a ponytail for the race, wearing a full wetsuit.
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Later at the event, she donned a wetsuit, Adidas sneakers, a GBR Sail GP team cap ($40) and SunGod Sierra limited-edition Great Britain Sail GP style sunglasses ($110) to compete with athletes in a friendly race against New Zealand.

Middleton – who is an accomplished sailor himself – helped Britain’s team beat their Commonwealth rivals for the final day of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth.

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Sporty Kate added a helmet and headset to her outfit as she helped steer Team GB’s foiling catamaran to victory.
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She made a quick change after her team’s win, wearing a white t-shirt and Team GB windbreaker — and even donning a second pair of shorts, this time opting for navy blue Helly Hanson hiking shorts ($53, originally $75). ).

The Duchess of Cambridge switched from her Adidas back to the Supergas and kept the hat, smiling as she accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl after the victorious race.

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The Duchess received a bouquet of flowers after her team’s victory.
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