The duke and duchess of Cambridge are going head-to-head next month in a yacht race around the Isle of Wight – a royal sailing tradition revived by King George VI in 1827.
William, 37 and Kate, also 37, have already challenged each other for an ice hockey penalty shoot-out in Sweden, race against each other on a London Marathon training day and went head-to-head in a dragon boat race in Canada.
But now the royals, both known for their competitive streak, will compete against each other as skippers of individual sailboats in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on August 9 this year.
The winning team will receive the King & # 39; s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V in the Royal Yacht Squadron of Cowes in 1920.
The royals, both known for their competitive streak, compete against each other as skippers of individual sailboats in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on August 9 this year (photo, Kate races against the Americas Cup Team yacht of New Zealand in 2014)
The duke and duchess of Cambridge race against each other on a London Marathon training day in 2017
The Duke of Cambridge and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, participate in an archery match in 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan
The winning team receives the King & # 39; s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V (photo) at Cowes & # 39; s Royal Yacht Sqcuadron in 1920
Their involvement will revive a royal sailing tradition dating back to King George IV – who reigned from 1920 to 1930 – and presented the King & # 39; s Cup to the Cowes Regatta in 1827.
It has not been presented since 1950, when his son George VI replaced it with the Britannia Cup. But earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed that they hope to revive tradition.
Audiences are invited to watch racing from tribunes on the coast, while William and Kate compete against each other and six other teams in state-of-the-art Fast-40 boats.
The Cambridges are avid supporters of sport and do everything to emphasize its positive impact.
Kate is an advocate of how the benefits of sport, nature and the great outdoors can influence children's development and lead to improved physical and mental well-being.
This will not be the first time that William and Kate surrender to sporting rivalry.
Whether it's Scrabble or sports, they both love to win – and they participated in a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island in Canada on their first official foreign tour as a married couple in 2011.
William conquered, but he gave his wife an affectionate hug after her team lost a few yards.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, practices penalties with the Stockholm bandy team in 2018
Kate (photo) is an advocate of how the benefits of sport, nature and the great outdoors can influence children's development and lead to better physical and mental well-being.
Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (photo), kayak while being Roscor Youth Village in Co. Visiting Fermanagh as part of their two-day trip to Northern Ireland in 2019
In 2017, the couple faced additional competition from William & # 39; s brother Harry as he sprinted past them during a training session for runners participating in the London Marathon.
William, who for the 50-meter race & # 39; oh my hamstring & # 39; joked, became second and was closely followed by his wife.
But despite their determination to beat each other on the track, Kate, wearing a red jacket and black jeans, laughed after her husband and cuddled while Harry patted William's back.
Kate got a bleak face in 2018 when she was beaten by William in a shooting with a hockey penalty in Stockholm.
The couple joined a group of Swedish youths who played the game, who have a huge following in the country and have similarities with both hockey and football.
The eight boats participating on August 9 each represent one of the charities supported by the couple this year.
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in the harbor of Auckland in 2014
The winning cup was first presented by King George V (pictured left and right) in Cowes & # 39; s Royal Yacht Sqcuadron in 1920.
A spokesperson for the Cup said: “The Duke and Duchess are strong advocates of sport and have done work both in the UK and abroad to emphasize the positive impact of sport on the individual and in local communities.
& # 39; The Duchess in particular defends how the benefits of sport, nature and the great outdoors can influence children's development and lead to better physical and mental well-being for all. & # 39;
These include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, the 30th anniversary campaign of Air Ambulance Charity in London and Tusk – four causes of which William is patron.
Kate will support four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families and The Royal Foundation in connection with her work in the early years.
The couple hopes that the King & # 39; s Cup will be an annual event.
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