Royal beach boys William and Harry show off their body boarding skills as they hit the surf (meanwhile Kate stays dry at the tennis)
18:44 GMT, 9 July 2012
When he was offered a coveted seat in the Royal Box for the Wimbledon final, Prince William said an ‘existing commitment’ would prevent him from attending.
And yesterday it became clear just what had been so important – a day of messing around on a surfboard with his younger brother and a group of mates,
including their best friends Thomas van Straubenzee and Tom Inskip, at
Polzeath on the Cornish coast.
Leaving his tennis-mad wife Kate to share in the nation’s agony as Roger Federer shattered Murray’s hopes of Wimbledon glory, Prince William was snapped on a public beach in Cornwall catching some waves.
Royal flotilla: The princes head out into the water with their group
Water sports: Prince William chose to spend the day at the beach with his brother while his wife Kate enjoyed the tennis
Prince Harry and two of his friends are successful as they catch a decent body boarding wave at Polzeath Bay
Prince William looks on as his younger brother swims towards other people in their group
The group wade into deeper waters as they wait for a better wave. The trip to the beach came a day after a party at a friend's home
Ruling the waves: The princes ride back to shore on their body boards
Surf's up: Princes William and Harry hit the beach in Cornwall with friends
Done this before The princes expertly stayed on their boards as they cruised to the shore
Dressed in a black wetsuit, he joked
with brother Harry as the pair braved the stormy weather and enjoyed
some brotherly bonding.
Although the royal brothers tackled the
waves enthusiastically on their bodyboards, they didn’t appear to be
hugely successful in mastering them.
Still, by the looks on their faces they seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
Prince William also went surfing for his stag do – although on that occasion he chose to go to Devon.
As part of the relaxed weekend in Cornwall they enjoyed an afternoon in they enjoyed a few ‘sundowners’ on the veranda of their rented holiday home while watching a magnificent sunset.
Prince smiles as a wave crashes over him while he body boards towards a friend
Prince Harry appears relaxed as he points something out while floating along on a wave
The group look like they're plotting their next move as they congregate closer to the shoreline
Ready to make a splash: The princes and their friends zip up their wetsuits
Man in black: Prince William strides down the Cornwall beach after opting to spend the day surfing over watching the Wimbledon men's final
One of the crowd: Prince Harry and his brother went unnoticed by members of the public as they hit the beach
Beach boys: Harry talks to his friends in the surf…
… and then ever the joker, takes to hitting one of them on the head with his body board
Out at sea: The brothers head out for another chance to body board
Cruise control: William awaits the perfect wave
Back to dry land: Harry and his friend head out of the waves
After a weekend surfing it was back to the day job for pilot Prince William yesterday.
The second in line to the throne, swapped his wetsuit for a regulation green overalls as he showed Prince Charles around his base at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
Charles was at the RAF base in his role as Honorary Air Commodore at the start of a week of engagements in Wales.
Father and son: Prince William showed Prince Charles around the RAF Valley on Anglesey
William gave Prince Charles a private tour of one of the Sea King helicopters he captains before the Prince of Wales went off to have tea with the Duchess of Cambridge at the cottage the couple share near the base
The squadron is responsible for everything from the Irish Sea to the mountains of nearby Snowdonia.
William took to the captain's seat in the cockpit of the Sea King while Charles, who was a keen pilot himself as a young man, occupied the co-pilot's seat as his son showed him the controls of the aircraft.
His was accompanied by his wife,
Camilla, but she was driven to have tea with the Duchess of Cambridge at
the rented farmhouse she and William share nearby while the official
engagement took place.
prince was greeted at the Search and Rescue operation by Flight
Lieutenant Wales, as his son is known in his unit – “C” Flight of No 22
Prince Charles stopped off to see Prince William's RAF base during his annual summer tour of Wales
CHARLES, PRINCE OF WAVES: HOW WILLIAM AND HARRY'S FATHER WAS FOND OF SURFING TOO
His sons are fond of catching a wave or two, but as this picture reveals, the boys obviously get their boarding skills from their father.
may look like shots of any young surfer on a Cornish beach but they are
in fact the first known images of Prince Charles surfing in Britain.
The pictures were taken in Constantine Bay in 1973, when the young Prince was thought to slip unnoticed among the local surfers.
The pictures were donated to the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon.
According to locals, Prince Charles – then aged around 24 – didn't have
the greatest of manners when it came to surfing etiquette.
Ruling the waves: Prince Charles on the beach in Cornwall in 1973
Surf skills: The photographs were taken in Constantine Bay in 1973, when the young Prince would slip unnoticed among the local surfers