Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Published 12:07 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2019 | Updated 3:04 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2019
Prince George started day school at Thomas’s Battersea looking as cute as ever.
Just call Prince George of Cambridge the “sailor prince.”
The third-in-line to the throne turned up as a surprise guest – and in a proper sailing cap, too – at a charity regatta Thursday off the Isle of Wight hosted by his sailing mom and dad, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, who skippered their own boats in the races.
George, 6, was with his maternal grandfather, Michael Middleton, and others in Cowles, watching the inaugural Kings Cup regatta.
George looked to be having a grand time, dressed in a blue-striped shirt and a life vest, with a lanyard hanging around his neck. On his head, he wore a captain’s yacht cap, complete with crest and gold leaf “scrambled eggs” on the brim.
The pictures showed the little prince’s gap-toothed smile, after his front teeth recently fell out.
His appearance was a surprise; it had not been announced in advance by Kensington Palace.
His sister, Princess Charlotte, 4, also was spotted but not little brother, Prince Louis, 1.
Charlotte, who was wearing a blue seersucker summer dress with a white Peter Pan collar, inspired laughs from mom when she stuck out her tongue at the crowd at one point.
George comes from a family of keen sailors, on the royal side and on his mother’s side. One of his royal relatives, King William IV, who spent most of his life in the Royal Navy before becoming king in the early 19th century, and was nicknamed “The Sailor King.”
The regatta originally had been scheduled to take place Friday. On Wednesday the palace announced it had been moved up a day due to forecasts of bad weather conditions.
Will and Kate hope their regatta will become an annual event to promote the benefits of sport and also raise funds for the Cambridges’ philanthropic interests.
For the inaugural cup, eight of the Cambridge charities will benefit, including the Royal Foundation, wildlife conservation, mental health services for children and grieving families, and air ambulance services.
As they have done before, Will and Kate competed against one another in the races, skippering two of the boats.
In 2014, for instance, during a long visit Down Under with baby George, Kate twice beat her husband during friendly racing in America’s Cup sailing boats in Auckland, New Zealand’s Waitemata Harbour.
There were other celebrities on board the racing boats Thursday, including TV’s Bear Grylls who skippered the boat for Tusk, the African wildlife conservation group.
The Cambridges and the six other teams competed in what Kensington Palace described as “state-of-the-art Fast-40 boats.”
The winning team was awarded The King’s Cup trophy at a prize-giving ceremony along the Cowes seafront.
Kensington Palace tweeted that Grylls and his Tusk team won the cup, with William and his team coming in third.
Cowes on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England has been the home of British and international sailing and yacht racing for 200 years.
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