The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among a number of famous faces to compete for the historic King’s Cup.

The charity yachting regatta will also see six celebrities including survivalist Bear Grylls and comedian John Bishop compete on the water alongside William and Kate.

The yachts will represent causes supported by the duke and duchess and they will race on August 9 around Cowes.

  • William will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK.
  • Kate has chosen four of her patronages and will compete on behalf of the Royal Foundation, in connection with her work on the early year’s development of children.
  • England Women’s footballer Fara Williams represents Centrepoint.
  • Television presenter Dan Snow will race for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30th-anniversary campaign.
  • Bear Grylls will skipper a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk.
  • Comedian John Bishop will compete for Action on Addiction.
  • BBC presenter Katie Thistleton for Place2Be.
  • Olympic champion rower Helen Glover for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

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

Members of the public are invited to watch the race from the SailGP Race Village, which will include a 500-seater grandstand

William and Kate are hopeful the King’s Cup regatta will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the benefits of sport, while also raising support and funds for charitable causes.