We are back with a preview of the King’s Cup this
Friday this Thursday and a refresher on some of Kate’s nautical styles. First, the King’s Cup. Many will remember when the Duke and Duchess announced the event in May.
NOTE: Because of weather conditions the event has been moved up a day and will take place Thursday, the 8th, not Friday as originally scheduled. Above, the couple unveiling the historic trophy, first presented by King George V in 1920.
A refresher on the basics:
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will race head to head in an eight-boat regatta, each skippering one of the boats.
- Each boat will represent one of eight charities Kate and William support; all will benefit from funds raised through the event.
- Kate’s charities are:
- Action on Addiction
- the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s work on Early Years
- Prince William’s charities are:
- Child Bereavement UK
- The London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign
- Kate’s charities are:
- The race will be just ahead of the annual Cowes Week, the world’s oldest and largest sailing regatta.
- The race now starts at 2pm local time, 9am EDT/6am PDT.
- The racing will take place in the Solent and be run by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Below left, a map showing the Isle of Wight in relationship to London. On the right, you see the Isle’s location in the Solent (the strait that separates it from mainland England).
Last week celebrity ambassadors for all of the charities were announced.
From left to right, top row: TV presenter Katie Thistleton, BBC Radio presenter, Place2Be; John Bishop, comedian, Action on Addiction (see the Duchess and Mr. Bishop at this engagement in 2014); Helen Glover, Olympic Rowing Champion, the Anna Freud Centre. In the second row, we see Prince William on the left, representing Child Bereavement UK; on the right, the Duchess, competing on behalf of The Royal Foundation. The third row: Dan Snow, historian and television presenter, London Air Ambulance; Fara Williams, soccer player, Centrepoint; Bear Grylls, outdoorsman/television presenter, Tusk.
As mentioned, the Royal Yacht Squadron is managing the race.
The clubhouse is located in Cowes Castle, originally built by Henry VIII in 1539 as one of his “chain of coastal defences, protecting the Island from invasion and the naval dockyard at Portsmouth from attack” per the RYS.
As noted in this 2015 NY Times piece, the Squadron has “a uniquely rich maritime history whose members and their boats played a role in both World Wars. The membership roll has included the Arctic polar explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, a Russian czar, British kings, the round-the-world solo-sailing pioneers Francis Chichester and Robin Knox-Johnston, as well as Ben Ainslie…”.
HM is patron of the RYS. Prince Philip is an Admiral and member; he is shown below at the Squadron in 1952 after the Britannia Challenge Cup.
Princess Anne is a Royal Honorary Member, seen here at Race Week in 2011.
Fast 40 monohulls are being raced; each will be crewed by 12 people. (The boats seen below are 40 footers, but they are not Fast 40s. Many thanks to Becky for the heads-up!)
We’ll have coverage starting bright and early Thursday morning! Here is another look at the original video about the race.
This video offers an overview of the Royal Yacht Squadron; running time is about 2:45.
Now for a look at some of Kate’s nautical ensembles. (This is not intended as a full, definitive list of all Kate’s nautical styles.) I decided to break them up between more casual pieces worn when she was actually on the water, sometimes in competitive events, and those seen for more ceremonial occasions.
We’ll begin with the infamous dragon boat race in Charlottetown during the 2011 Canada tour. Kate and William were in separate boats for the race, and the Prince’s team came out ahead.
At the 2012 London Olympic Games Kate wore Team GB gear when watching the sailing competition.
During the 2014 Australia/New Zealand tour the Duchess squared off against Prince William again, only this time the watercraft was a little bigger than dragon boats; America’s Cup yachts were raced. (Kate’s team prevailed and won both races.) Kate wore a classic Breton stripe top by ME+EM and Zara jeans.
It was more Henri Lloyd for the Duchess at another Portsmouth event, this one in May 2016 (you will see McQueen separates also worn at this engagement in the next section of the post).
Our final ‘on the water’ casual look was from yet another race when the Cambridges were competing on separate teams. This was the July 2017 race on the River Neckar in Germany; William’s team won this race. Kate opted for a Hugo Boss top, skinny jeans and her Superga Cotu Classic trainers.
During the Jubilee tour in 2012, the Duchess sported a dark navy dress by Mulberry for a traditional canoe ride.
The Duchess repeated Alexander McQueen pieces for another visit to Portsmouth in May 2016, this one on behalf of the 1851 Trust. The trust is an education charity, and Kate is its patron. She wore what I often call the ‘McQueen military separates,’ with both pieces featuring gold anchor-embossed buttons.
We saw a mix of pieces for a canoe trip to Haida Gwaii during the November 2016 Canada tour. Kate wore the Duchess Blazer by Smythe, a blouse from the Somerset by Alice Temperley line, and boots by R Soles. For a fishing expedition later that day she added the Wax Parka by Troy London.
And our final look was seen above at the May announcement about the King’s Cup. The Duchess wore a nautical ensemble for that event featuring LK Bennett’s ‘Parker’ trousers, a top that I believe is still unidentified, and shoes by Emmy London.
- The King’s Cup site is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here
- The Lendy-Cowes Week site is here; the Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Sail GP site is here; the Facebook page is here; Twitter feed here and Instagram page here
- The Action on Addiction website is here; follow the organization on Facebook here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Place2Be website is here; follow the Facebook page here; the charity’s Twitter feed is here
- Visit the Anna Freud Centre website here, view its Facebook page here, follow the group on Twitter here, or visit the Instagram page here
- The Child Bereavement UK site is here; the charity’s Facebook page is here; follow the Twitter feed here, or visit the Instagram page here
- The London Air Ambulance site is here; the Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- Centrepoint’s website is here; its Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Tusk website is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here