Prince William and Kate Middleton had just spent the afternoon yacht racing around Auckland Harbour, but it looked like the royal couple just didn’t want to come back to dry land.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the New Zealand waters for a second time on Friday, this time to enjoy a more relaxed ride together.
The couple departed Queen City aboard the “Sealegs” amphibious aircraft, which as the name suggests, takes passengers from land to sea and back to land, in a somewhat seamless transition. The genius vehicle was invented in New Zealand, with the company saying it was a “privilege” to host William and Kate on their seacraft.
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Kate, 32, went casual chic for the excursion, opting for dark skinny jeans, a waterproof jacket and sensible deck shoes. The damp weather didn’t get her spirits down, as the Duchess was pictured looking delighted to sail out to Westpark Marina.
William, meanwhile, looked just as relaxed after a day of competing against his wife in the “informal” yacht races.
As the royal couple sailed across the sea, they waved up to spectators who had gathered since the morning to try and secure the best spot from which to catch a glimpse of William and Kate.
After a short ride, the Royal Highnesses arrived at the marina, from where they returned to the Whenuapai air force base to catch their hour-long flight back to Wellington.
The Duke and Duchess had given local crowds much entertainment earlier that afternoon, as they were tasked with boarding separate Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup yachts to compete in the race.
William and Kate eagerly got into the competitive spirit, cheering their teams on as well as having a go at steering, with the Duchess’ team crowned the winner.