Kate takes a new job

Plain sailing


The Duchess of Cambridge has added a new role to her royal resumé - but was forced to pull out of attending its launch today due to her continuing pregnancy-related illness, hyperemesis gravidarum.

Kate has been named patron of a new charity, The 1851 Trust, which supports and promotes sailing and the marine industry, and aims to bring the Americas Cup back to the UK.

As we reported last week, she sent her apologies to Ben Ainslie and his team for being unable to join them in person today.


However, she did release a statement via the Palace, which read: 'I am delighted to be royal patron of The 1851 Trust.

'I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence.

'It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British challenger bids to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain.

'I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through The 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way.'

Of course, when in good health she's a dab hand at a ship's wheel - as evidenced by her beating of Prince William in a race during their visit to Australia and New Zealand last year.

Kate hasn't been seen in public since her second pregnancy was confirmed 8 September due to her severe morning sickness, with which she also suffered when pregnant with Prince George.

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