Princess Charlotte reveals her favourite sport is gymnastics at Commonwealth Games 

Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour as she shook hands with sporting VIPs on a second Commonwealth Games visit with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today – and proudly revealed her favourite sport is gymnastics 

The little royal, seven, joined her mother Kate Middleton, 40, and her father Prince William, 39, for a visit to a programme supporting young athletes on a busy day of engagements at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

Arriving at SportsAid House, Princess Charlotte shook hands with her hosts and followed her parents’ lead as she was introduced to athletes, before saying her favourite sport was gymnastics.

Her mother, dressed in a 1,945 white Alexander McQueen trouser suit, went on to explain: ‘Charlotte spends most of her time upside-down, doing handstands and cartwheels.’

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte, who was wearing a £44 Rachel Riley dress, appeared happy to attend the event today, which marked the first time the little Princess has joined her parents for a solo outing without one of her brothers, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, four.

The little royal is proving to be quite the sporting fan – days ago, she joined her father for a video message in sending her best wishes to the Lionesses ahead of the Euro 2022 final. 

The Duchess of Cambridge revealed her daughter Princess Charlotte’s favourite sport is gymnastics and she spends ‘most of her time upside down’ as they arrived together for an engagement on Tuesday afternoon

Charlotte, seven, joined her mother Kate Middleton, 40, and her father Prince William, 39, for a visit to a programme supporting young athletes on a busy day of engagements at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Charlotte, seven, joined her mother Kate Middleton, 40, and her father Prince William, 39, for a visit to a programme supporting young athletes on a busy day of engagements at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Kate leaned down to check in on Charlotte, who covered her ears during the exceptionally athletic smoothie demonstration

Charlotte plugged her ears during a seemingly noisy demonstration of a bicycle powered smoothie maker during a visit to SportsAid House

Kate leaned down to check in on Charlotte, who covered her ears during the exceptionally athletic smoothie demonstration

Princess Charlotte, and the Duchess of Cambridge took part in an interactive learning experience during a visit to SportsAid House

Princess Charlotte, and the Duchess of Cambridge took part in an interactive learning experience during a visit to SportsAid House

Elsewhere the little royal appeared less interested in the hockey during the Commonwealth Games this afternoon and could be seen rubbing her eyes

Elsewhere the little royal appeared less interested in the hockey during the Commonwealth Games this afternoon and could be seen rubbing her eyes 

A cuddle from Dad! Prince William took his younger daughter under his arm after he spotted she was rubbing her eyes during the match

A cuddle from Dad! Prince William took his younger daughter under his arm after he spotted she was rubbing her eyes during the match

A cuddle from Dad! Prince William took his younger daughter under his arm after he spotted she was rubbing her eyes during the match 

During the outing, the family met a group of young athletes and support staff at SportsAid House and heard about the support they are receiving from the Futures programme. 

The couple  then took part in an interactive workshop alongside some athletes where they learnt about the practical advice provided to athletes on nutrition and restful sleep.

The experience appeared a little startling for Charlotte, who placed her fingers in her ears during one moment in the workshop when a loud noise went off.

Kate could be seen leaning down to chat and comfort her daughter during the moment.

Later, Princess Charlotte was encouraged by her parents to stick a medal to the medal board at the SportsAid house in Birmingham

Later, Princess Charlotte was encouraged by her parents to stick a medal to the medal board at the SportsAid house in Birmingham 

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge sticks a Medal to the Medal wall during a visit to SportsAid House

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge sticks a Medal to the Medal wall during a visit to SportsAid House

Later, she joined her parents for a photograph outside alongside the athletes.

Team England Futures will see around 1,000 talented young athletes and aspiring support staff given the opportunity to attend the Games and take a first-hand look behind-the-scenes.

Futures aims to better prepare athletes to deliver medal-winning performances as Team England, Team GB or ParalympicsGB debutants at future Games, while giving support staff a first-hand look at the opportunities they could be presented with, and challenges they may face, at a multi-sport competition.  

Meanwhile the little royal appeared to be practicing her royal handshake, offering her hand to a member of support staff during the visit

Meanwhile the little royal appeared to be practicing her royal handshake, offering her hand to a member of support staff during the visit 

Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour as she joined her parents to meet athletes at SportsAid House at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour as she joined her parents to meet athletes at SportsAid House at the 2022 Commonwealth Games 

Charlotte glanced at the camera as her parents intently listened on during a conversation with athletes at the charity

The family was deep in thought during the conversation at SportsAid as they enjoyed a day at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Charlotte glanced at the camera as her parents intently listened on during a conversation with athletes at the charity 

The whole family looked captivated by their chat with athletes at SportsAid as they stopped by the charity for a visit during a day at the Games

The whole family looked captivated by their chat with athletes at SportsAid as they stopped by the charity for a visit during a day at the Games

The seven-year-old sat between her parents as they spoke with athletes who had been supported by SportsAid at the organisation's headquarters

The seven-year-old sat between her parents as they spoke with athletes who had been supported by SportsAid at the organisation's headquarters

The seven-year-old sat between her parents as they spoke with athletes who had been supported by SportsAid at the organisation’s headquarters 

The programme is designed to help participants understand how to perform at their best, how to handle the pressure and distractions associated with a major Games, and how to make the most of the experience.

In advance of the Games, participants have been benefitting from online learning, focusing on a whole range of performance-related topics, as well as mentoring from senior athletes.

During the Games, every athlete and support staff member participating in Futures will be invited to watch live sporting events and spend time with mentors and ambassadors – including Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth medalists – sharing advice and knowledge from their own careers. 

William and Kate laughed as Charlotte shot the camera a sassy look while they took photos during the sports charity visit

William and Kate laughed as Charlotte shot the camera a sassy look while they took photos during the sports charity visit

William, Kate and Charlotte all posed for a group photograph during a visit to SportsAid House amid the Commonwealth Games

William, Kate and Charlotte all posed for a group photograph during a visit to SportsAid House amid the Commonwealth Games

Elsewhere the little royal joined her parents to watch a hockey match between India and England at the Commonwealth Games.

After patiently shaking hands with one of her fellow attendees, Charlotte could be seen rubbing her eyes while Prince William offered her a few words of encouragement.  

Elsewhere, the little royal joined her parents to watch the swimming heats at Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

In a cheeky display, the seven-year-old could be seen clapping along enthusiastically, sticking out her tongue and gasping at moments of action – while her mother tenderly tucked locks of her hair behind her ear which had fallen from her neat plaits. 

Playing with her plaits! During the outing, the seven-year-old began playfully tugging at her long plaits, while her parents watched the match

Playing with her plaits! During the outing, the seven-year-old began playfully tugging at her long plaits, while her parents watched the match

Playing with her plaits! During the outing, the seven-year-old began playfully tugging at her long plaits, while her parents watched the match 

The Cambridges were joined the Earl and Countess of Wessex, as well as their son James, during the outing in Birmingham earlier today

The Cambridges were joined the Earl and Countess of Wessex, as well as their son James, during the outing in Birmingham earlier today 

Match time! Princess Charlotte sat between her parents while the Duke and Duchess watched a hockey match in Birmingham earlier today

Match time! Princess Charlotte sat between her parents while the Duke and Duchess watched a hockey match in Birmingham earlier today 

The little princess could be seen squinting in the sunlight as she watched the match today

The little princess could be seen squinting in the sunlight as she watched the match today  before placing her head in her hands (pictured)

The little princess could be seen squinting in the sunlight as she watched the match today (left) before placing her head in her hands (right) 

The sweet family then made their way to watch the Women's Pool A hockey match between India and England, sitting in the stands

The sweet family then made their way to watch the Women’s Pool A hockey match between India and England, sitting in the stands 

Charlotte appeared preoccupied with her hair as Kate seemed to gesture at the ongoing hockey match while the young family enjoyed the Games

Charlotte appeared preoccupied with her hair as Kate seemed to gesture at the ongoing hockey match while the young family enjoyed the Games

Charlotte appeared preoccupied with her hair as Kate seemed to gesture at the ongoing hockey match while the young family enjoyed the Games

William cheered as Kate and Charlotte observed the exciting match while sat in the stands

William cheered as Kate and Charlotte observed the exciting match while sat in the stands

Charlotte held onto her mum's hand as the family stepped out to enjoy the Women's Pool A hockey match between India and England

Kate held onto Charlotte, and William followed closely behind as the trio made their way to watch a hockey game at the Games

Kate held onto Charlotte, and William followed closely behind as the trio made their way to watch a hockey game at the Games

Kate was dazzling in the £1,370 fresh white jacket with matching £575 trousers from her favourite designer Alexander McQueen. 

The mother-of-three has a close affiliation with Alexander McQueen having worn the British fashion house’s designs on notable occasions, most famously to her wedding in 2011. 

This is the third time this year the Duchess has worn the suit – having first worn the suit during her controversy Caribbean tour earlier this year, she went on to visit a youth group with Prince William to mark Windrush Day.

The royal swept her long brunette locks back from her face in a bouncy blow dry for the occasion.

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a smart black and white striped dress with a distinctive collar, and wore her hair in two plaits

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a smart black and white striped dress with a distinctive collar, and wore her hair in two plaits 

After the outing to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a programme supporting young athletes, pictured

Tim Lawler CEO of SportsAid shakes hands with Princess Charlotte

After the outing to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a programme supporting young athletes, pictured. Right, shaking hands with Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid 

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a Rachel Riley black and white striped dress foe the outing in Birmingham this afternoon

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a Rachel Riley black and white striped dress foe the outing in Birmingham this afternoon 

A grinning Kate doted on Charlotte as she shook hands with the charity's athletes

William gently patted his daughter's head as they enjoyed the visit

A grinning Kate doted on Charlotte as she shook hands with the charity’s athletes

The little royal joined her parents for a second engagement during the day out as they visited the SportsAid House in Birmingham

The little royal joined her parents for a second engagement during the day out as they visited the SportsAid House in Birmingham 

Meanwhile she kept her makeup neutral for the occasion, opting for a sweep of dark eyeliner and a touch of lipstick. 

Keeping her look simple, the Duchess opted for minimal jewellery – but added some glitz to her look with her Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings in White Gold. 

Today is just the latest public appearances from Princess Charlotte over the past few months. The little royal attended a number of different events to mark the Queen’s Jubilee earlier this summer. 

Meanwhile she and Prince George took part in their first official engagement at the same time, joining the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit Cardiff in June.  

Princess Charlotte, seven, was the star of the show today as she joined her parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, in Birmingham to cheer athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games today

Thumb's up for a great day out! The little royal appeared to be having a whale of a time at the event today, offering her father an enthusiastic gesture after the swimming heats

Thumb’s up for a great day out! The little royal appeared to be having a whale of a time at the event today, offering her father an enthusiastic gesture after the swimming heats 

The Duchess could be seen tucking Princess Charlotte's behind her ear as they sat next to one another at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre today

The Duchess could be seen tucking Princess Charlotte’s behind her ear as they sat next to one another at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre today 

Having a great time! The Duchess could be seen bending low to chat to her daughter during the event

the seven-year-old offered her father Prince William an enthusiastic thumbs up

Having a great time! The Duchess could be seen bending low to chat to her daughter during the event (left) before the seven-year-old offered her father Prince William an enthusiastic thumbs up (right)

Feeling tense! Princess Charlotte bit her lip as she and her parents, Kate and Prince William, gave a round of applause at the event in Birmingham

Feeling tense! Princess Charlotte bit her lip as she and her parents, Kate and Prince William, gave a round of applause at the event in Birmingham 

The family were joined at the event by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who attended alongside their children Lady Louise and James

The family were joined at the event by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who attended alongside their children Lady Louise and James

The family were joined at the event by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who attended alongside their children Lady Louise and James (pictured left and right) 

Before taking their seats at the event, the Duke and Duchess greeted Prince William's uncle Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex, and children, with whom they have a close relationship

Before taking their seats at the event, the Duke and Duchess greeted Prince William’s uncle Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex, and children, with whom they have a close relationship 

Theresa May alongside Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Theresa May alongside Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

The royals watched from the stands as the men's swimming heats took place in the Aquatic Centre this afternoon

The royals watched from the stands as the men’s swimming heats took place in the Aquatic Centre this afternoon 

Princess Charlotte has become a favourite of royal fans thanks to her sassy personality. She has been snapped pulling funny faces, waving to photographers – and even sticking her tongue out on a family outing. 

Senior royals are representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Games as she continues to take a step back from royal duties. The monarch, 96, remains in residence in her Scottish home of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire. 

Prince Charles stood in for his mother at the spectacular opening ceremony and was greeted by cheers as he drove into the stadium in an Aston Martin. 

Meanwhile Sophie and Edward have made a number of appearances during the competition thus far.

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte appeared a little unsure when Prince William posed for a selfie with spectators during a swimming event at Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte appeared a little unsure when Prince William posed for a selfie with spectators during a swimming event at Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Charlotte remained side-by-side with her mother Kate during the outing in Birmingham today, which marked her first solo appearance with her parents without her brothers

Charlotte remained side-by-side with her mother Kate during the outing in Birmingham today, which marked her first solo appearance with her parents without her brothers

Charlotte remained side-by-side with her mother Kate during the outing in Birmingham today, which marked her first solo appearance with her parents without her brothers 

The Cambridges and Wessexes, who have a close friendship, appeared jovial during the fifth day of the tournament this afternoon

The Cambridges and Wessexes, who have a close friendship, appeared jovial during the fifth day of the tournament this afternoon 

The Duke and Duchess appeared animated as they chatted with their daughter following the men's swimming heats earlier today

The Duke and Duchess appeared animated as they chatted with their daughter following the men’s swimming heats earlier today 

A happy princess! The little royal could be seen giving her thumbs up to the event at Sandwell Aquatics Centre during the Commonwealth Games today

A happy princess! The little royal could be seen giving her thumbs up to the event at Sandwell Aquatics Centre during the Commonwealth Games today 

A moment with Mum! Princess Charlotte appeared amazed by the entire afternoon out, gazing around with wide eyes while her mother watched on

A moment with Mum! Princess Charlotte appeared amazed by the entire afternoon out, gazing around with wide eyes while her mother watched on 

Meanwhile at another stage, Princess Charlotte pulled a funny face as she chatted to her mother Kate during the men's 1500m freestyle heats swimming event

Meanwhile at another stage, Princess Charlotte pulled a funny face as she chatted to her mother Kate during the men’s 1500m freestyle heats swimming event

Already practicing the royal handshake! The confident seven-year-old chatted with those attending the event in Birmingham today

Already practicing the royal handshake! The confident seven-year-old chatted with those attending the event in Birmingham today 

This is the third time this year the Duchess has worn the suit - having first worn the suit during her controversy Caribbean tour earlier this year, she went on to visit a youth group with Prince William to mark Windrush Day

This is the third time this year the Duchess has worn the suit - having first worn the suit during her controversy Caribbean tour earlier this year, she went on to visit a youth group with Prince William to mark Windrush Day

This is the third time this year the Duchess has worn the suit – having first worn the suit during her controversy Caribbean tour earlier this year, she went on to visit a youth group with Prince William to mark Windrush Day

The Duchess could be seen tucking her daughter's hair, which was tied back into plaits, behind her ear during the event in Birmingham today

The Duchess could be seen tucking her daughter’s hair, which was tied back into plaits, behind her ear during the event in Birmingham today 

At one stage, the little royal lent across to touch her mother's arm while they looked at the programme of events for the afternoon

At one stage, the little royal lent across to touch her mother’s arm while they looked at the programme of events for the afternoon

The family appeared animatedly as they sat next to one another in the stands of the aquatic centre to watch the swimming heats today

The family appeared animatedly as they sat next to one another in the stands of the aquatic centre to watch the swimming heats today 

The couple attended the contest yesterday alongside their children Lady Louise, 18, and James, 14. 

James and Lady Louise joined the rest of the family for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations earlier this year, but have largely grown up away from the limelight. 

Lady Louise looked pretty in a pink and blue dress at the event, rewearing a Peter Pilotto gown from her mother’s wardrobe, while James and Sophie showed emotional reactions as they watched the action.

The Countess first wore the pretty Pilotto dress for a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2015. 

Today's occasion marked the first time the little Princess has joined her parents for a solo outing without one of her brothers, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, four

Today’s occasion marked the first time the little Princess has joined her parents for a solo outing without one of her brothers, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, four

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter 

The little seven-year-old, who is proving to be quite the sports fan, appeared delighted to be attending the event in Birmingham today

The little seven-year-old, who is proving to be quite the sports fan, appeared delighted to be attending the event in Birmingham today 

At one stage the seven-year-old appeared on the edge of her seat while watching the swimming heats earlier today, with her mouth agape

At one stage the seven-year-old appeared on the edge of her seat while watching the swimming heats earlier today, with her mouth agape

At one stage the seven-year-old appeared on the edge of her seat while watching the swimming heats earlier today, with her mouth agape  (left and right) 

Look Mum! The Duchess of Cambridge leaned in to her daughter Princess  Charlotte, who appeared to be excitedly gesturing during the heats today

Look Mum! The Duchess of Cambridge leaned in to her daughter Princess  Charlotte, who appeared to be excitedly gesturing during the heats today 

While Princess Charlotte was dressed in a striped black Rachel Riley dress, her mother Kate opted for a smart white suit for the outing

While Princess Charlotte was dressed in a striped black Rachel Riley dress, her mother Kate opted for a smart white suit for the outing 

The seven-year-old royal appeared delighted to be attending the event with her parents and was beaming as she sat alongside them

The seven-year-old royal appeared delighted to be attending the event with her parents and was beaming as she sat alongside them 

Taking in the action! Charlotte could be seen grinning broadly and widening her eyes as she watched the action during the swimming heat this afternoon

Taking in the action! Charlotte could be seen grinning broadly and widening her eyes as she watched the action during the swimming heat this afternoon 

The mother-of-three appeared trendy in her white Alexander McQueen trouser suit for the event, which she first wore during the Caribbean tour earlier this year

The mother-of-three appeared trendy in her white Alexander McQueen trouser suit for the event, which she first wore during the Caribbean tour earlier this year

Last week, the Countess of Wessex re-wore a favourite blue patterned dress as she joined Prince Edward at the Commonwealth Games on Friday. 

Sophie donned a £795 frock from royal-approved designer Peter Pilotto to take in the action across a number of sporting events.

The couple started off with a trip to the gymnastics arena before taking their seats for a rugby sevens match.

Prince Edward put on a particularly animated display, holding his head in his hands as he struggled to watch.

Keeping her look simple, the Duchess opted for minimal jewellery - but added some glitz to her look with a pair of dangling earrings

Keeping her look simple, the Duchess opted for minimal jewellery – but added some glitz to her look with a pair of dangling earrings

The royal swept her long brunette locks back from her face in a bouncy blow dry for the occasion. She kept her makeup neutral for the outing today

The royal swept her long brunette locks back from her face in a bouncy blow dry for the occasion. She kept her makeup neutral for the outing today 

Kate and Sophie appeared delighted to see one another earlier today, offering a close embrace as they sat next to one another at the games

Kate and Sophie appeared delighted to see one another earlier today, offering a close embrace as they sat next to one another at the games 

The Duchess arrived with her arm around the little royal, who could be seen gazing around the aquatics centre in Birmingham ahead of the heats

Princess Charlotte walked hand-in-hand with her mother through the Aquatics Centre as they arrived to take their seats and watch the event

Princess Charlotte walked hand-in-hand with her mother through the Aquatics Centre as they arrived to take their seats and watch the event 

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