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Prince George will learn to sail; William, Beckham team up

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Olympic sailor offers to teach Prince George to sail, but he'll have to wait till he's 7 or 8, Kate says
Prince William and pal David Beckham team up for an anti-poaching campaign

Call him Sailor George! Kate Middleton has reportedly said that she wants to teach her little prince how to sail.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Tuesday, spending the afternoon with English sailor and four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie to launch the British Challenger team for the 35th America's Cup, which will take place in 2017.

That's when Ainslie offered to give Prince George, who is now nearly 11 months old, his first sailing lesson.

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"The duchess was very keen but not for a couple of years yet — when he's about 7 or 8," said the sailor, 37, according to the Express. "But we'd love to get the duchess sailing sooner. She's very keen and of course we'd love to get her out on the water — she doesn't get to do it much now."

Incidentally, the duchess, 32, is an avid sailor who proved her skills yet again during her April visit to New Zealand, where she beat her husband, Prince William, in a series of races using America's Cup-class ships.

Wearing a white Jaeger dress trimmed in navy, the duchess posed with the hefty America's Cup trophy, which hasn't been hoisted by a British team in the competition's history. Ainslie is hoping to change that.

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Later in the day, Catherine attended a garden party with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in honor of Prince Philip's 93rd birthday, the Mirror said.

Meanwhile, Wills has teamed up with soccer star David Beckham to launch the #WhoseSideAreYouOnCampaign initiative to raise awareness via social media about the "devastating" effects of poaching. The prince and the famed athlete appeared together at a Google town hall Monday in London.

"It's devastating. It really is devastating," Beckham said of the illegal wildlife trade. "And we're in a world where our generation and the younger generation can really, really make a difference, and we really need to do it now. Are we on side of the criminals? Or are we on the side of the animals?  I know what side we're all on, and I'm sure you know what side you're all on."

The duke of Cambridge, who is president of United for Wildlife, also urged people to help stop poaching.

"In February we set out our commitments to improve protection and enforcement, reduce demand and to help the business community to tackle international trafficking," William said. "That was our first step, but we knew we needed to do more to bring this trade into the open. The illegal wildlife trade thrives because it is hidden, often invisible, making it easy for criminals to build and expand. We wanted to find a way to show the world what was happening."

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