Kate Middleton is the sportiest royal – photos prove it from tennis to sailing

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They have a lot in common and come from similar backgrounds, but one of the things Prince William and Kate quickly linked was their love of the sport.

It is undeniable that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a mutual love for outdoor pursuits such as tennis and sailing, and often when they participate in sporting activities, they are never shy about getting in on the action.

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The couple have previously said that their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis also show an interest in sports, be it football, tennis, skiing or dancing, and they also talked about the importance of spending time outdoors and being active from childhood.

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In front of Commonwealth Games 2022which begin this week, a look back at the Duchess’ best sporting moments in the spotlight…

Tennis

As Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Kate is a huge tennis fan and is a regular Wimbledon attendee. In September 2021, she had the honor of playing with homecoming champion Emma Raducanu, who had just won the US Open.

Sail

Talented sailor Kate, who sailed a yacht on a round-the-world trip during her gap year, has been to sea a few times for official engagements. Here she competes on behalf of the Royal Foundation in the inaugural King’s Cup Regatta in August 2019. The event was hosted by William and Kate in Cowes, England.

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Unfortunately, during the regatta, the Duchess and her team received the wooden spoon, much to the amusement of her husband William.

We love Kate’s smug look when she beat William in a sailing race in New Zealand in 2014 during their royal tour. The couple ran separate teams and Kate showed healthy competition.

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Running is an integral part of Kate’s fitness routine. His cousin Mike Tindall once revealed on his podcast, The good, the bad and rugby: “She loves to run, she can run all day. Engine!”

Ski

A photo from the early years of their relationship, William and Kate regularly went on ski holidays when they were boyfriend and girlfriend. Here the couple hit the slopes in 2008 in Klosters, Switzerland.

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Throw

During a visit to Ireland in March 2020, William and Kate had the chance to try out a sport they wouldn’t practice every day: hurling! The Duchess looked particularly pleased with herself after trying out the ancient Gaelic pastime.

Archery

During her royal tour of Bhutan in 2016, the sporty Duchess tried her hand at Bhutan’s national sport after watching a competitive archery match. Kate laughed as her arrow widely missed target.

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Kate tries her hand at batting during a cricket match in Mumbai, India.

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Hockey

The Duchess cultivated a love of hockey during her years at Marlborough College.

During official engagements, she does not hesitate to practice one of her favorite sports.

Abseiling

The royal daredevil even tried abseiling during her sporting commitments.

Yachting

Kate also tried her hand at land yachting during a trip to Scotland in May 2021. She and William were visiting St Andrews, where their romance began.

Soccer

In February 2019, during a visit to northern ireland, the couple visited Windsor Park. William and Kate joined a group of local children in dribbling drills, with Aston Villa fan William showing off his skills. Kate happily got involved, enjoying a kick with the kids.

Volleyball

The mother-of-three played volleyball just months after welcoming Prince George.

Rowing

When William and Kate briefly separated in 2007, the Duchess joined the Sisterhood rowing team. Kate became fully involved with the all-female crew of 21 as they undertook months of training on the River Thames with a view to crossing the English Channel for charity.

Canoe Kayak

The Duchess got to show off her aquatic skills as a newlywed in Canada, when she and William paddled a canoe while visiting Lake Blatchford.

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