Kate Joins Ben Ainslie to Launch a Challenge for the America’s Cup

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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a private breakfast at The Royal Museums in Greenwich to launch (and give the royal seal of approval) to the four-time Olympic champion’s America’s Cup team.

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This was Kate’s first solo appearance since arriving back in the UK after the Australia/New Zealand tour.

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At the breakfast, the Duchess who is a sailing enthusiast herself, also met with key investors, crew and boat designers and listened as Ben Ainslie outlined his plans to build his boat and create his headquarters in Portsmouth as well as his bid to win the America’s Cup.

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Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history with four gold medals and a silver at five consecutive Games between 1996 and 2012. He will skipper a crew aiming to win the historic trophy in the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 – an achievement which would be a first for a British team.

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Before leaving, Kate posed with Sir Ben and leading members of the bid team alongside the America’s Cup.

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The Duchess wore a sleek, nautical-inspired white and navy crepe shift dress by high street favorite Jaeger. The knee-length, crew neck, short-sleeved frock was originally £150, but was on sale for £99. As of this writing, it is sold out.

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Kate accessorized her outfit with her bespoke, Alexander McQueen blue, suede stilettos, and her matching Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch from Russell and Bromley.

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Completing her look, the Duchess wore her gorgeous sapphire and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her three-charm ‘Woodland’ necklace from Asprey London.

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She wore her hair loose, around her shoulders but struggled to control it in the breezy weather.

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