Duchess lends a hand to paint maritime mural
Kate Middleton tried out her artistic skills as she added her touch to a giant mural created at the construction site of the new sailing hub.
As Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, a charity dedicated to inspiring a new generation to enter sailing and the marine industry, Kate was shown around the site in Portsmouth by four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie.
She met some of the 72 children from six local schools who, along with street artists James Waterfield and My Dog Sighs, have created a mural which depicts the skyline from Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight, with the Solent waters filled with images from maritime history.
Kate made her own addition to the picture by painting a sailor on an image of Ben Ainsie's yacht in the mural.
As she was given some art tips by Mr Waterfield, they joked that she was glad not to have got paint on her white Max Mara coat.
"We spoke about sailing and the Isle of Wight and she asked if we were competitive. She was really lovely," one of the schoolchildren who met the Kate Lily Giles (14), said.
Kate then met some of the construction crew and was presented with a bouquet by 10-year-old Cece Delaney-Melville, of St Jude's School, before she visited the 170-metre high Spinnaker Tower where she learnt more about the project.
Portsmouth is to be the home for two preparation events for the 35th America's Cup yacht race with the world series events taking place in the Solent in July this year with 500,000 spectators predicted for the races.