Kate Middleton and Prince William Compete Against Each Other and Celebrities in the King's Cup Regatta for Charity

Kate Middleton and Prince William recently competed in the King's Cup Regatta. The royal couple sailed against each other in an event supporting eight of their chosen charities, on the Isle of Wright.

In May, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the launch of the King’s Cup. The aim of the event is to raise awareness and funds for eight of their chosen charities. The eight boats representing a different charity were each skipperd by Middleton, William and other celebrity guests.

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It’s race day! 🏁 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with The King’s Cup charity ambassadors, before the competitive spirit kicks in 🏆 at today’s inaugural regatta. The King’s Cup is raising awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages. In this year’s race ⛵ The Duke is competing on behalf of @childbereavementuk and The Duchess on behalf of the Early Years programme delivered by The Royal Foundation. Their Royal Highnesses are joined by Fara Williams for @centrepointuk, Dan Snow for @ldnairamb, Bear Grylls for @tusk_org, John Bishop for @actiononaddiction, Katie Thistleton for @_place2be, and Helen Glover for @afnccf. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support. Visit the link in our bio to find out more.

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The event was open to the public, who watched the regatta along the banks of Cowes foreshore. Other than the anticipation of the race itself, the arrival of Middleton and William had crowds lined up along the river banks. 

Middleton and William arrived with their children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. The family were dressed in nautical themed outfits; Charlotte and George wore blue and white stripped outfits. George accessorized his outfit with a sailor's captain hat.

Prince George dons sailors hat while watching The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | Getty Images

Prince George dons sailors hat while watching The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | Getty Images

Audiences watching the royal family arrive broke out into laughter after Middleton motioned for Charlotte to wave to the crowd and instead the young princess decided to stick out her tongue to the people watching below. 

Princess Charlotte sticks out tongue at crowds watching The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

Princess Charlotte sticks out tongue at crowds watching The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

Watching the regatta from a nearby boat, Charlotte, Louis and George were accompanied by Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

Charlotte, Louis and George watch their parents from a nearby boat at The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

Charlotte, Louis and George watch their parents from a nearby boat at The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

The King’s Cup trophy was first awarded by King George V, in 1920. This year, television presenter and survival instructor, Bear Grylls and his team were awarded the King’s Cup for finishing in first place. 

William led the team that came in third. The charities he was racing for included: Tusk, Child Bereavement UK, The London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign and Centrepoint.

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⛵️ An incredible day at The King’s Cup, raising awareness and funds for eight of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Patronages — big congratulations 🏆 @tusk_org and @beargrylls on a fantastic victory! The Duke competed on behalf of @childbereavementuk and The Duchess on behalf of the Early Years programme delivered by The Royal Foundation. Their Royal Highnesses were by Fara Williams for @centrepointuk, Dan Snow for @ldnairamb, Bear Grylls for @tusk_org, John Bishop for @actiononaddiction, Katie Thistleton for @_place2be, and Helen Glover for @afnccf. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support.

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Unfortunately for the Duchess, her team came in seventh. They were eventually disqualified for starting the race too early. She was racing for the Royal Foundation, Action on Addiction, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Place2Be.

William cheerfully stood by her side as a giggly Middleton accepted the wooden spoon for coming in last.

Kate Middleton receiving the wooden spoon at The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

Kate Middleton receiving the wooden spoon at The King's Cup regatta, Isle of Wright | GettyImages

Despite moving the event a day early to avoid bad weather conditions, Middleton and William managed to host a successful event. The King's Cup comes as part of many events the Duke and Duchess will host without Harry and Meghan. According to Town and Country, in a statement released by Kensington Palace, the magazine writes:

"Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support."

The launch of King’s Cup comes in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing that they have split from their shared charity with Middleton and William. The controversial decision is intended for Harry and Markle to establish a charity of their own.

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