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Kate Middleton surprises in sporty look for new virtual appearance

The Duchess looked beautiful on the video call

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The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a special video message for Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team. Kate, a keen sailor herself, paid tribute to the team by dressing in one of the crew's navy jackets for the new virtual appearance on Tuesday evening.

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Her sporty look came as somewhat of a surprise since the royal has yet to wear an off-duty look for her Zoom appearances during the pandemic, instead opting for her favourite labels including L.K. Bennett, Beulah London, Boden and Zara.

She styled her hair in loose waves and opted for neutral makeup and simple jewellery for the occasion.

The Duchess appeared on the INEOS Instagram page

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is skippering Ineos Team UK on the Britannia race boat at the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand.

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Kate, who is patron of the team's official charity, the 1851 Trust, told the crew: "We will all be cheering you on."

The Duchess said in her video message: "Sir Ben Ainslie and his team are about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime – an attempt to win sport’s oldest international trophy, the America's Cup.

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The Duchess wished good luck to Sir Ben Ainslie's team

"All the teams taking part have spent years preparing for the match and sailing fans around the world are waiting exciting showdown in March."

Kate was last seen on Friday, when she joined husband Prince William and their young children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for a surprise appearance at the London Palladium.

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The Duchess was last seen in Alessandra Rich at the London Palladium 

The outing, which marked their first public appearance as a family in months, saw Kate walking the red carpet in a stunning dress from one of her go-to designers, Alessandra Rich.

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The sold-out style boasted on-trend puff sleeves and a flattering midi cut. Kate completed the look with simple stilettos and a glittering clutch bag. Stunning!

And last week, Kate joined William for their royal train tour of the UK, which culminated in a socially-distanced reunion with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

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Kate's royal train tour looks were fabulously festive

The Duchess got into the Christmas spirit by rocking a number of plaid looks, from her Emilia Wickstead skirt to her enviable scarf collection.

Another standout festive look was her Alexander McQueen coat and checked scarf, which she teamed with her suede Ralph Lauren boots and Grace Hang 'Love Letter' bag.

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