The real reason Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to stay together this year

Isabelle Casey

Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge have opted to stay warm in the UK this year rather than head abroad for the summer – but why did the royals make the decision to stay?

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That may be one of the reasons Duchess Kate has a very exciting event next week where she will compete with the GB team from SailGP in Plymouth against her New Zealand rivals in a ‘Commonwealth Race’ ahead of the final day of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix.

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Known as a keen sportswoman, Kate joins the British crew and works with the rest of the team to drive the boat in a friendly race at speeds of up to 50 knots (more than 55 mph).

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During her stay in Plymouth, Kate will also visit the 1851 Trust, of which she is a Patron, to meet with young people involved in the Trust’s activities to promote sustainability.

William and Kate heralded their stay in the UK with a sweet birthday photo of George © The Duchess of Cambridge

The decision to enjoy the summer months in the UK could also be down to the heavy preparations the Duke and Duchess are making ahead of time expected move to Windsor.

William, Kate and their three children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louisfour are allegedly Moving out of Kensington Palace for a quieter life in the country.

George and Charlotte are also expected to start at a new school next September.

Kate loves to do sports

The big move from London would mean the Cambridges would be closer the Queen who now resides permanently at Windsor Castle.

kate parents, Carole and Michael Middletonand also her brother James, live in Berkshire, which is only 40 minutes drive from Windsor.

While the family will live in Windsor, William and Kate will continue to use Kensington Palace as their base of work in London.

The Cambridges are currently staying at their home in Kensington Palace

While the exact location of the family-of-five’s vacation has yet to be announced, royal fans got a hint of their stunning getaway when William and Kate posted a special beach portrait of their son, who turned nine on Friday.

The adorable new photo, taken by mum Kate earlier this month, showed the boy in a blue shirt.

Royal watchers all said the same thing about the stunning portrait, comparing the young prince to his father Prince William.

In the photo shared to Instagram, one follower wrote: “Wow he looks just like his dad.” A second wrote: “He looks just like William to me! Beautiful boy. Happy birthday PG.”

A third wrote: “What an amazing photo! George looks so much like his dad.” A fourth added: “Wow little William, cut and match.”

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