Prince William defeats Kate in playful race as couple returns St Andrews ‘He got lucky’

Kate Middleton and William try land yachting in Scotland

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Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, went head-to-head in a land yachting race during an engagement with Fife Young Carers. The royal couple are currently on a week-long tour of Scotland and have taken time to visit St Andrews, the university where they first met 20 years ago.

Known for their competitive spirits, Prince William succeeded in defeating his wife after a close race. 

The session was organised by Blown Away, whose founder Guy McKenzie said, “We were surprised as we expected the Duchess to win as she’s the more experienced sailor.”

William and Kate have previously sailed against each other during the King’s Cup Regatta in August 2019. The Duchess was presented with a wooden spoon after her team finished in last place.

Jamie McKenzie, the brother of Guy and a fellow organiser said the Prince “got lucky – there was a gust of wind! He got blown away!”

The couple could be heard laughing whilst they raced each other around the beach. At one point, Prince William got stuck in wet sand, to which Kate called out “Come on grandad!”

Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen sports advocates and hold a number of sports-related patronages. Prince William is the President of the Football Association whilst Kate is the Royal Patron of SportsAid and The Lawn Tennis Association.

During the pandemic, the Duchess has spoken about the physical benefits of sports and outdoor activities. She also spoke about her encouraging her own children to participate in exercise.

Prince William travelled to Edinburgh last Friday to complete duties as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Duchess joined him on Monday for a 5-day itinerary of engagements.

Fife Young Carers are a charity that organises outdoor activities, trips and workshops for teenagers who act as carers to family members, in order to give them some respite from their challenging home lives.

Other organisations the Duke and Duchess have visited are Turning Point and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, two charities that are tackling issues like violence and addiction. The couple learnt about substance abuse and the support given to members of the homeless community.  

On Tuesday, they formally opened Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall and unveiled a plaque, whilst also visiting the European Energy Centre. The couple are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn whilst in Scotland. 

On Wednesday, they visited St Andrews University where they originally met as students in 2001 as both had enrolled to study Art History and lived together during their university years.

In a speech to the General Assembly on Saturday, Prince William said many of his happiest and saddest memories occurred whilst in Scotland. His saddest being the death of his mother whilst he was staying at Balmoral and the happiest being his memories with Kate at university.

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The Duke described the memory of meeting his wife 20 years ago as “a great joy”. He told his audience, “Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart.”

Prince William and Kate were married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

They recently celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary by releasing a sweet video of their family laughing and playing on the beach.

The couple have three children, including the future heir Prince George and currently reside in Norfolk.
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