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Princess Charlotte accompanies mum Kate as she visits one of her patronages


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Princess Charlotte revealed that her favourite sport is gymnastics during a visit to SportsAid House in Birmingham along with her parents.

The seven-year-old Princess joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a day of sporting at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, taking in swimming and gymnastics events, before departing for the SportsAid facility to meet with athletes and staff.

Kate revealed that Princess Charlotte “spends most of her time upside-down, doing handstands and cartwheels” while greeting the staff after her daughter confirmed that she loves gymnastics.

During their visit, the royals learned about Team England Futures, a preparatory programme for young athletes to gain insight and support as they begin their own training, with hopes of participating in future Commonwealth Games and other high-level competitions. The programme currently supports around 800 young people.

The royals sat for interactive workshops involving athletes like Tom Smith and Lottie McGuinness, both powerlifters, and for a nutritional talk about how food choices affect athletes’ performances. The Duchess also attended a workshop on mental preparedness and how to perform with confidence under pressure.

In the mentoring session with athletes, Princess Charlotte also revealed another sport she enjoy in the mentoring session with athletess. Danielle Brown, one of the mentors at the session tweeted, “A wonderful afternoon meeting the patron of @TeamSportsAid. Great to talk about the mentoring program, and I discovered that Princess Charlotte likes archery.”

Princess Charlotte also helped SportsAid tally the team’s medal count, adding a medal sticker to recognise the men’s pairs lawn bowls’s silver placement and a bronze for the men’s team event in table tennis.

SportsAid tweeted: “A special day for #TeamEnglandFutures as The Duchess, Duke and Princess Charlotte gained an insight into the programme, delivered by SportsAid, and the educational workshops. Participants also shared their experiences and how they have benefitted from such a unique opportunity!”

The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of SportsAid since 2013.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.