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The Kings Cup Regatta

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with other skippers. Photo: Kensington Royal

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been on holiday (they typically plan vacations around their children's school schedule) but returned to work for the Kings Cup Sailing Regatta. The Regatta featured eight boats, each supporting a charity that the Duke and Duchess work closely with. 

The Duke raced for Child Bereavement UK, a charity that offers support to children dealing with bereavement or when parents or families lose a child. The Duchess was the skipper for the Royal Foundations Early Years Program as the developmental importance of children's early years has been an important cause to her and where she has focused much of her attention over the years. The Regatta raised money for six other organizations as well who all had notable Brits skipping for each of their boats.

Tusk, a conservation organization that advocates for wildlife across Africa in areas such as poaching, habit loss and the illegal wildlife trade. Another patronage of the Duke of Cambridge included Centrepoint, a youth homelessness shelter. The Dukes mother was involved in helping the charity during her lifetime and had taken both of her sons to the center when they were young. London Air Ambulance Charity was the final organization the Duke selected. London Air Ambulance brings life-saving medical help to people in desperate need all across London.

The Duchess of Cambridge selected Place2Be as one of her four organizations. Place2Be is a children's mental health charity that provide emotional and therapeutic tools to school aged children to help them cope with issues such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Action on Addiction is an organization that works across all areas of addiction including treatment, family support, research and professional education. Finally, the Duchess selected the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families of which she has been patron since 2016. AFNCCF provides mental health services to children and families.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have showed both their athletic and competitive sides before during various engagements and tours. They are spotted attending sporting events regularly and have on occasion spoken about their friendly competitions.

Though Tusk won the regatta and claimed the historic Kings Cup, Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show while they were cheering their parents on alongside their grandparents, Carole and Michael Middleton. Prince George sported an adorable captains hat while Princess Charlotte made the entire crowd laugh out loud when she stuck her tongue out after spotting her grandfather in the crowd. The Duke and Duchess's children seemed to be happy out on the water as they watched the race and had fun with some friends that also came along.

Just like her daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge got laughs from the crowd as she was presented with a wooden spoon after coming in last owing to a false start in the second race. The Duke of Cambridge tied for third with Centrepoint UK while London Air Ambulance came in second place.

Hopefully, the Kings Cup Regatta will become an annual event to raise money and awareness for several amazing organizations. The entire Royal Family is now enjoying their annual holiday in Balmoral Scotland before their schedules get full once again with engagements, tours and appearances in the autumn. xx

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