The royal couple will step out on Tuesday and join young people from a number of their chosen charities to take part in a simulated sailing race

By Stephanie Petit
May 07, 2019 07:49 AM
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Just one day after becoming aunt and uncle to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s newborn son, the royal couple announced a new sailing race that will benefit eight of their royal patronages.

The inaugural regatta the King’s Cup will take place in August on the Isle of Wight, with Kate and William each acting as skippers of competing boats and hoping to win the King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

Eight boats will race, each representing a charity being supported by the royals. This year, Kate’s four charities that will be represented at Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation. Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk, four causes for which William is a patron, will also compete.

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Northern Ireland - Day One
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Later on Tuesday, Kate and William will join young people from a number of their chosen charities to take part in a simulated sailing race. They’ll also unveil the King’s Cup.

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Northern Ireland - 27 Feb 2019
Kate Middleton
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The sporty couple are longtime advocates for being active, highlighting how sports, nature and being outdoors can improve physical and mental well-being.

And they’re not opposed to some friendly competition. While visiting Northern Ireland in March, Kate and William faced off against each other in a canoe race, where William’s boat clinched the victory. Despite falling short, the royal mom flashed a big smile while wearing her helmet and holding her paddle.

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Northern Ireland - 27 Feb 2019
Prince William
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Kate also tried her hand at archery, while William conquered a ropes course as the children supported him and cheered him on.