Kate Middleton taught Prince George and Princess Charlotte to sail this summer.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has helped her eldest two children, as well as her husband Prince William, 39, learn the skill while they spent the holidays at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
A local source told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl they are ‘truly a family of seamen now’ and spent several days sailing on a small boat on the north Norfolk coast in early August.
William, who was apparently dressed in stylish beach shorts and a cap, was spotted steering the boat and leading his wife and children across the water.
Kate Middleton taught Prince George and Princess Charlotte to sail this summer (pictured in Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2019)
“Kate has always been a competent sailor and William is quite good too,” the source told the publication.
‘They had a wonderful time sailing on the coast this summer and showing the children how to steer and sail a boat. They love the water and the two oldest are good swimmers and had no qualms about jumping into the sea, even if it was a little chilly.’
Safety first on board, with George, eight, Charlotte, six and Louis, three, all with life jackets.
The family even braved the cold British waters, opting for plain swimsuits over wetsuits for jumping into the sea.
William (pictured in 2019), apparently dressed in stylish beach shorts and a cap, was spotted steering the boat, leading his wife and children across the water
A local source told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that they “really are a family of sailors now” and spent several days sailing a small boat off Norfolk’s north coast in early August. Pictured: Princess Charlotte (left with her mother) and Prince George (right) at the 2019 King’s Cup sailing regatta off the Isle of White
According to the source, the children all ran in and out of the water with their family dog and “spent hours playing in the sand.”
‘It is clearly a family that likes to be outdoors and in nature. It was wonderful to see them play free and not be bothered by anyone,” they said.
It comes after reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children have spent a ‘special’ week on holiday with the Queen at Balmoral.
The family ‘lifted the monarch’ with their visit to their Scottish estate in Aberdeenshire over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, spent a holiday with the Queen at Balmoral last week, according to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl.
Register Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl revealed that the occasion marked the first time the family had come together for a trip since Prince Philip’s death in April.
She said the Cambridges had enjoyed ‘long walks in the countryside, fishing, horse riding and cycling’, and a source added: ‘William, Kate and the children have enjoyed some family time in Scotland and they have just had some special time spent with the queen.’
Meanwhile, another insider revealed that the annual trip in the last week of August had become a family tradition, with the monarch reserving the Bank Holiday weekend for time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
They said, ‘In the past it has become one big sleepover with many of the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her Majesty is enjoying it immensely.’
The royal expert said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are ‘cheering the monarch’ with their visit to her beloved Scottish estate in Aberdeenshire over the Bank Holiday weekend
The royal expert also reported that the Queen has been known to leave gifts for her grandchildren on their beds during their stay in Balmoral.
The monarch arrived at the Aberdeenshire estate in late July and usually stays there until early October.
It marks the Queen’s first summer holiday at her Scottish estate since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April, at the age of 99.
It comes after a source claimed the Queen was “itching to get things back to normal” during her annual break in and hoped to host a barbecue for the royal family at the castle.
A source told The Sun: “The family barbecues are back on the agenda, even without Philip being there for the first time.”
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Fergie had been invited to stay at the Queen’s Scottish retreat this summer.
Meanwhile, another insider revealed that the annual trip in the last week of August had become a family tradition (pictured, the Cambridges with the Queen and Prince Philip at the Scottish estate in 2015)
“Sarah Ferguson is coming,” a source told Richard Eden. “She’ll be here with Andrew.” The Duke and Duchess of York were accompanied by their daughter Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.
The pregnant princess Beatrice is said to have stayed in London.
The stay at Balmoral will no doubt be bittersweet for the Queen, who enjoyed many happy memories with her late husband on the estate.
Though they were never actually off duty, the closest thing the Queen and Prince Philip would have was a real vacation.
There would be rough, booze-fuelled evenings and jovial house parties, and quiet days with old-fashioned board games by the fire as the rain trickled down outside.
The stay at Balmoral will no doubt be bittersweet for the Queen, who enjoyed many happy memories with her late husband at the estate (photo, a photo released by the Queen in April of herself and Philip in the hills near Balmoral)
Then there was the famous ghillies ball that took place every October, with invitations to the house and estate staff, as well as neighbors and friends.
A real ‘upstairs’ event, it was never complete without Scottish country dancing and if you were lucky enough to receive an invite, you could quite easily find yourself being flung across the dance floor by the Prince himself, resplendent in a kilt and smiling.
In April, the Queen released a photo of herself and Philip in the hills near Balmoral.