Prince William and Kate Middleton reveal sailing regatta line-up

Prince William and Kate Middleton reveal celebrities taking part in their charity sailing regatta – including Bear Grylls, John Bishop and Helen Glover

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed starry line-up for charity regatta
  • Royals will go head-to-head with celebrities for the King’s Cup next week
  • Bear Grylls, John Bishop and Helen Glover are all captaining their own vessels
  • Each team represents a charitable cause supported by William and Kate 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the celebrities who will compete in a charity regatta next week. 

William, 36, and Kate, 37, will go head-to-head against stars including adventurer Bear Grylls, comedian John Bishop and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, in the inaugural King’s Cup race around Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, on August 9. 

Each high-profile sailor will skipper a yacht that represents a charitable cause supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the celebrities who will compete in a charity regatta next week. Pictured, Kate sailing a yacht in Auckland in April 2014

William, 36, and Kate, 37, will go head-to-head against stars including adventurer Bear Grylls and comedian John Bishop. They announced the line-up on Instagram today, pictured

William will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK, while Kate will compete on behalf of the Royal Foundation, in connection with her work on the early years development of children.

Details of the celebrities and the causes they are supporting were shared on the Kensington Royal Instagram account today. 

England Women’s footballer Fara Williams will represent Centrepoint, while television presenter Dan Snow will race for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30th anniversary campaign.

Grylls will skipper a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk.  


Bear Grylls, left, will skipper a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk. Comedian John Bishop, right, will compete for Action on Addiction

Details of the celebrities and the causes they are supporting were shared on the Kensington Royal Instagram account today, pictured. The race takes place next Friday

Bishop will compete for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Glover for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. 

The winning team will be awarded the King’s Cup, a trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

William and Kate hope the King’s Cup regatta will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the benefits of sport, while also raising support and funds for their causes.

The event will also give the couple the chance to renew their sporting rivalry.

Olympic gold medal rower Helen Glover (left with Heather Stanning) will race for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Her experience might give her a head’s up

The duke trounced his wife when they competed in a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but Kate got her revenge three years later when she won a sailing event in Auckland during their tour of New Zealand.

William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017, when he was victorious in a riverboat race against his wife.

Members of the public can watch the race from the SailGP Race Village along the Cowes foreshore, which is free to access and will include an 800-seater grandstand.

Footage from the race will play on screens across the town and there will be a number of family-friendly activities and exhibits to promote sailing around the event, including initiatives and programmes for children and young people.

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