THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have praised the heroic efforts of Sir Ben Ainslie and his team after romping to victory today in the America’s Cup World Series.
William and Kate, sporting Land Rover BAR uniforms, shock hands with the teams at a special ceremony inside the Race Village, in Southsea.
Hundreds of people screamed as the Royal duo were led into the packed-out race arena by jubilant victor Sir Ben.
The royals were greeted first by children from the 1851 Trust before heading off to meet representatives from all the teams racing in this year’s cup clash.
Land Rover BAR’s triumphant team were the last to meet the couple.
Tim Carter, 24, of Land Rover BAR spoke to both Kate and William and was stunned by their support of the team.
‘To have their support is just massive,’ he told The News.
‘It’s helping us to get the whole country behind us.
‘That’s exactly what we need to bring the cup home.’
He added: ‘Today has been the pinnacle of the completion.
‘This has been a real high for us. It’s been an amazing weekend.’
The royal couple are now taking part in the trophy presentation.