Kate Middleton makes rare appearance in shorts at sailing race

Kate Middleton is going off script.

On Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, sported three very different nautical looks for a sailing race and children’s activity in Plymouth, England — including two pairs of shorts.

Wearing tailored white linen shorts from British heritage brand Holland Cooper ($243) and a striped navy sweater from Erdem, Middleton looked perfectly preppy — and showed off her super-toned legs — as she arrived at the event.

Shorts aren’t a typical part of her royal wardrobe; in fact, this is the third time ever Middleton’s worn the style since marrying Prince William in 2011.

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The duchess helped children learn about protecting the ocean during an 1851 Trust activity.
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The first time Middleton ever wore shorts on an official royal engagement was just a few years ago for a 2019 boat regatta — it marked the first time she was spotted in the style in public since 2008.

This time she didn’t let decades go by before opting for a khaki pair at another boating race during the family’s Caribbean tour earlier this year.

On Sunday, Middleton added her beloved white canvas Superga trainers ($65) and gold chain hoop earrings by Orelia London ($23) to her look, joining famous Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie on behalf of the athlete’s 1851 Trust charity, of which she serves as boss.

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Middleton pulled her back in a ponytail for the race, wearing a full wetsuit.
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Later in the event, she gave a wetsuit, Adidas sneakers, a GBR Sail GP team cap ($40) and SunGod Sierra sunglasses in the limited-edition Great Britain Sail GP style ($110) to join athletes for a friendly race against New Zealand.

Middleton — who is an accomplished sailor herself — helped the Great Britain team to beat their Commonwealth rivals before the final day of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth.

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Sporty Kate added a helmet and headset to her outfit as she helped to steer the Team GB foiling catamaran to victory.
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She made a quick change after her team’s win, wearing a white tee and Team GB windbreaker — and even put on a second pair of shorts, this time opting for navy Helly Hanson hiking shorts ($53, originally $75).

The Duchess of Cambridge switched from her Adidas back into the Supergas and kept the hat, smiling as she accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl after the victorious race.

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The duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers after her team win.
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