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The King’s Cup: the celebrities joining William and Kate

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joined by six well known faces for the King’s Cup regatta which takes place on the Isle of Wight next week. Adventurer Bear Grylls and double Olympic rowing champion, Helen Glover, are among the ambassadors at the race supporting a wide range of charities.

Eight boats will take part in the regatta representing charities chosen by William and Kate. The Duke of Cambridge has selected Child Bereavement UK and he’ll lead their team. His other picks are Centrepoint which will be represented by England football international Fara Williams, Tusk whose boat will be led by Bear Grylls and the London’s Air Ambulance Charity which will welcome historian and author, Dan Snow, to its crew.

Kate has chosen four organisations for the event, as well. The Duchess of Cambridge will lead the boat for The Royal Foundation. Her other selections include Action on Addiction whose team will include comedian John Bishop. TV presenter, Kate Thistleton, will be part of the crew representing Place2Be while Helen Glover will join the boat for the Anna Freud Centre.

William and Kate announced the King’s Cup race for their chosen charities back in May. The event,which takes place on Friday August 9th 2019, will include a number of races with the teams taking to the water in Fast-40 boats, described as high performance boats with crews of 12 people. The winners will be presented with the King’s Cup on the afternoon of the race. The cup itself was first presented in 1920 by King George V, a keen sailor.

Spectators wanting to see the action will be able to access the SailGP Race Village for free on the day of the event while waterfront activities are also planned.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hoping that the King’s Cup will become an annual event supporting different charities and raising awareness of the benefits of sport.



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