MARTHA CLIFF FOR MAILONLINE - as originally published in Dailymail.co.uk
- Princess Beatrice took part in a 3.3km swimming race in Sicily on Tuesday
- The race aims to raise money for the youth charity she founded
- Her co-founders Holly and Sam Branson also joined the fundraising race
PUBLISHED: 07:35 EST, 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 EST, 28 September 2016
Princess Beatrice has ditched her usual high glamour look in favor of a wetsuit and a scruffy bun in order to take part in a charity swim.
The 28-year-old royal joined entrepreneur Richard Branson in Sicily yesterday to take part in a 3.3km swim to raise money for a youth charity.
Beatrice looked slightly apprehensive ahead of her race on Tuesday holding her hand to her chest before entering the water.
Princess Beatrice joined members of Richard Branson's Virgin Strive team for a charity swim in Sicily yesterday
She tied her long auburn hair up with a neon yellow hair tie and donned a blue wetsuit ahead of the race.
During the swim the princess was virtually unrecognisable, pictured wearing a swimming cap that covered her famous auburn hair.
She did however, keep a personal touch to her outfit keeping a gold chain bracelet fastened around her wrist.
The princess was also joined by Entourage actor Adrian Grenier and Branson's children Holly, Clare and Sam in the water to swim the grueling length.
The royal was virtually unrecognizable swapping her usual high glamour for a wetsuit and full face snorkel, even covering her famous auburn locks with a swimming hat
The princess came over all shy following the race covering her face as she spotted a camera
However, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew looked triumphant as she exited the sea following the activity.
She shared an embrace with a pal after leaving the water before coming over shy and covering her face before the cameras.
Taking the event serious the princess even opted to wear a full face snorkel so as to allow her to swim under water.
The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew looked slightly apprehensive ahead of the 3.3km race
However, Beatrice looked triumphant as she exited the sea following the activity
Branson's Virgin Strive team took part in the swim in hopes to raise money for Big Change.
Yesterday was the final triathlon leg of the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016.
Princess Bea arrived to support the team after their grueling 15 day cycle where they covered 632km in distance and 9,322m through world famous Giro climbs.
Richard Branson and his three children also took part in the race which was the final leg of the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016. Pictured: Branson and his daughter Holly
Entourage star Adrian Grenier also joined the team which aims to raise funds for the Big Change charity
Sir Richard Branson ran rings around his three children by taking them an inflatable animal each once he’d completed the swim
One celebrating swimmer attached a birthday balloon to his body while he completed the race
The final leg of this epic 2,000km month-long challenge is a hike to the summit of Mount Etna, where they will cross the finish line tomorrow.
Sir Richard Branson ran rings around his three children by taking them an inflatable animal each once he’d completed the swim.
Princess Bea joins the challenge to raise money and awareness for Big Change, the charity she founded with Sam and Holly Branson that supports a variety of youth-focused projects across the UK to help young people thrive in life, not just exams.
Princess Beatrice founded the charity with Sam and Holly Branson which supports a variety of youth-focused projects across the UK
Though jovial the challengers still face the final leg of this epic 2,000 km month-long challenge is a hike to the summit of Mount Etna, where they will cross the finish line tomorrow.
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