Here's how to watch Duke and Duchess of Cambridge race celebrities in the Solent this week

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to race a number of celebrities in the Solent this week and the event is free to watch.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 12:16 pm

Kensington Palace have announced that the regatta will take place a day earlier than planned due to bad weather forecast for the end of the week, but the public will still be able to see it.

William and Kate will take part in the event off the Isle of Wight on Thursday, not Friday as originally scheduled, with arrangements for the public viewing the spectacle remaining the same.

The couple will compete against a host of celebrities, including stand-up John Bishop and adventurer Bear Grylls, when they go head-to-head in the charity race.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will race celebrities in the Solent this week. Picture: Chris Etchells

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Members of the public can watch the race from the SailGP Race Village along the Cowes foreshore, which is free to access and will include an 800-seat grandstand.

Footage from the race will play on screens across the town and there will be a number of family-friendly activities and exhibits to promote sailing around the event, including initiatives and programmes for children and young people.

Heavy rain has been forecast for much of the country on Friday with strong winds also expected, especially in the south, which could have proved a problem for the sailors taking part in the event.

The yachts will represent causes supported by the duke and duchess and will race in the waters around Cowes.

William will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK, England Women's footballer Fara Williams represents Centrepoint, television presenter Dan Snow will race for London's Air Ambulance Charity's 30th anniversary campaign, and Grylls will skipper a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk.

Kate has chosen four of her patronages and will compete on behalf of the Royal Foundation, in connection with her work on the early years development of children.

Bishop will compete for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton will support Place2Be, and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover will take part for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

The winning team will be awarded the King's Cup, a trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes' Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

William and Kate hope the King's Cup regatta will become an annual event, increasing awareness of the benefits of sport, while also raising support and funds for their causes.

The event will also give the couple the chance to renew their sporting rivalry.

The duke trounced his wife when they competed in a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but Kate got her revenge three years later when she won a sailing event in Auckland during their tour of New Zealand.

William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017 when he was victorious in a riverboat race against his wife.