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.

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

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