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Duchess in Greenwich to back America's Cup bid

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie was joined by the Duchess of Cambridge in south east London today, as he launched Britain's bid to win the historic America's Cup yacht race. In the shadow of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Sir Ben told Kate about the plans to win the coveted trophy.

He will skipper the team that aims to triumph in the 35th America's Cup being staged in 2017, with the entry made through the Royal Yacht Squadron club.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Sir Ben Ainslie (second right) in front of the America's Cup Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Royal Yacht Squadron club hosted the first race which took place off the Isle of Wight in the mid-19th century - but a British team has never won it. The Olympic sailor said: "We want to bring it home, it would be an amazing thing for this country."

Kate, who wore a Jaeger dress, is a keen sailor who watched some of the London 2012 Olympic racing on the Isle of Wight.

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Duchess of Cambridge visits art charity school project

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a charity project in north-west London. At Northolt High School Kate opened a newly refurbished room that has been transformed into a tranquil art studio and rest space with funds donated by global brokers Icap.

During her visit the Duchess joined a group of nine children who sat at large table in the art room creating still life paintings of pieces of fruit.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to students at Northolt High School, London where she opened the The ICAP Art Room. Credit: PA

Kate, who is the Art Room's royal patron, spent more than half an hour chatting to the six girls and three boys and could be heard asking the youngster if they enjoyed their time in the lesson.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to headteacher Gloria Lowe at Northolt High School Credit: PA
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to students and staff at Northolt High Schoo Credit: PA

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Duchess of Cambridge raises profile of Art Room charity

The Duchess of Cambridge's involvement in charities such as the Art Room has "raised its profile undoubtedly", the chairman of the board of trustees said today, after she opened a new art therapy room at a school in West London.

Jo Lloyd Jones, chairman of the Art Room's board of trustees, spoke about the work his organisation does:

We take children at risk of exclusion, who are not coping for a wide range of reasons, and, using art techniques, are able to establish them back into main stream schools, giving them confidence and the ability to cope.

The important thing is she's genuinely interested in what we've done, there's a commitment on her part and we feel very privileged.

Duchess of Cambridge arrives to open new art room

The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at a school in the London Borough of Ealing to open a new art therapy room, as part of an initiative by one of her charities.

Her Royal Highness is a patron of the ICAP Art Room charity and will meet staff and pupils at the Northolt High School.

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William and Kate out and about for London Poppy Day

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red coat for the London Poppy Day Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate chats to volunteers raising money for London Poppy Day Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode the Routemaster bus to High Street Kensington tube Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
William chatted with military personnel on the Poppy Day Routemaster bus Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate meets staff and volunteers at High Street Kensington tube Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate with Corporal Steve Johnson, an RAF recruitment officer from Newcastle, who is busking at Tube stations across London Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

"Kate asked what kind of music I'd been playing," Corporal Steve Johnson, an RAF recruitment officer from Newcastle, who is busking at Tube stations across London told the Press Association. "She asked me to play but then said don't because it's too busy.

"Kate was more interested in the music, while William was more concerned with the day itself and how the appeal was going. Lots of people are ecstatic to see them."

Legion bus to call in on William and Kate

William and Kate will meet Royal British Legion staff and volunteers today Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome military supporters into their palace grounds today to mark London Poppy Day.

The royal couple will meet staff and volunteers taking part in the Royal British Legion appeal who will call at Kensington Palace as part of a tour across the capital on a 1960's Routemaster Bus.

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