Royalty comes to Cowes

On Thursday 8thAugust at 2pm The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be going head to head in The King’s Cup race, with each of the Royal couple skippering two of the Fast40+ Class race boats being used in the event. The historic trophy was first presented by King George V in 1920. Plus, eight selected charities will benefit from the awareness and funds being raised through this event.

Fast40+ Class yacht

The Duke’s four causes include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk. His Royal Highness will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK; Fara Williams will represent Centrepoint; Dan Snow will compete on behalf of London’s Air Ambulance Charity; and Bear Grylls will represent Tusk. 

Charities of The King’s Cup

The Duchess will support four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s work on Early Years. The Duchess will compete on behalf of The Royal Foundation and will be joined by John Bishop for Action on Addiction, Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Helen Glover for the Anna Freud Centre.

Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes

The racing will take place on the Solent and is being run by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. Members of the public are invited to watch the race and prize giving from the SailGP Race Village in Cowes, with live footage of the race being played on large screens with commentary. The atmosphere in Cowes and on the water will be electric as this fun and fast racing brings visitors from far and wide to the sailing mecca of Cowes. 


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