No more ‘Waity Kate’, the duchess is a powerful figure in The ...

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No more ‘Waity Kate’, the duchess is a powerful figure in The Firm

As the Cambridges prepare to 'transition' to the next level of their royal lives, Kate has a newfound sense of purpose

Camilla Tominey

She was gracious in defeat as she accepted a huge wooden spoon for coming last in a sailing regatta against Prince William on Thursday.

Yet, with a smile on her face – that only got wider when Princess Charlotte stuck a mischievous tongue out at the assembled crowds – the dressed-down Duchess of Cambridge has rarely looked more comfortable in her royal role as she did during the family day out on the Isle of Wight last week.

Holding her face in her hands during the comical prize-giving, Kate, 37, appeared to take her team’s defeat and disqualification in remarkably good spirits, shaking her head as compere Dan Snow joked: “This is the first time the duchess has ever finished last at anything.”..

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