The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 181 Trust, shared a video message to the INEOS Team UK ahead of The America Cup. Led by Sir Ben Ainslie, The Ineos Team UK is going to participate in the 36th America’s Cup from 17th – 20th December. NEOS TEAM UK, the British Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, is representing Royal Yacht Squadron Racing who ran first America’s Cup. The 1851 Trust is the team’s official charity.
The Duchess of Cambridge wished the team the best and said, “Sir Ben Ainslie and his team are about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in an attempt to win sport’s oldest international trophy America’s Cup. All the teams taking part have spent years preparing for the match and sailing fans around the world are awaiting the exciting showdown in March.“
Remembering a very sweet moment from her first tour of New-Zealand, The Duchess continued, “Six years ago William and I raced against each on America’s Cup race boats during our visit to New Zealand which was hugely exciting. But next year, in far more capable hands and thanks to the incredible engineering and technology behind their new race boat Britannia, the British team will race across the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour.“
America’s Cup World Series is a preliminary regatta ahead of America’s Cup which will see all four teams representing UK, USA, Italy and New Zealand, race against each other for the first time in their respective AC75 boats. America’s Cup is sports oldest international trophy and Royal support for Britain’s challenge to the win the ‘Auld Mug’ first dates to the original race in 1851 around the Isle of Wight when Queen Victoria saw America in the first place and asked who was second, the reply came; “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.” That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence. Despite starting in England 170 years ago, a British team has never won America’s Cup.
The Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of the 1851 Trust in 2014. Talking about her patronage, The Duchess said, “I am delighted to be Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence. It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British Challenger bids to bring America’s Cup back to Britain. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way”.
Continuing in the message Catharine said, “I am delighted that The 1851 Trust, which I am proud to support, is the official charity of Sir Ben’s team. The Trust involvement in America’s Cup will, I hope, continue to encourage young people from all walks of life to get down on the water and inspire a new generation of sailing enthusiasts. As all the teams prepared to take part in their first race I want to wish them the very best of luck. over the coming months, we will all be cheering for you.“
Since becoming the patron The Duchess has participated in Trust’s many activities and engagements. In 2017 she attended a Sailing show in Portsmouth. In 2016 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to docks of Portsmouth to cheer the British team of America’s Cup.
In the video, The Duchess of Cambridge wore Ineos Team UK Britannia Windbreaker Jacket. Thanks to HeavenLM for the id. The British label has launched a series of clothing designs to support the America’s Cup team.
Underneath the jacket, Catherine was wearing Britannia Belstaff’s Striped Long-sleeved T-shirt. Another design issued by the British label to support the INEOS Team.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a very sweet video in which they narrated the video with a new take on ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ to celebrate the work of frontline workers during the challenging period. Sharing the video, Kensington Palace said, “This Christmas we want to say THANK YOU to our key workers and their families for all they have done and for the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe.”
Ahead of last Friday’s Pantoland event, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge partnered with Hamleys Toy Shop and the National Lottery UK to bring a magic touch to the evening. Elves were enlisted to deliver presents to the children of frontline workers at the event. It made the evening more enjoyable for the children of frontline workers.
I am hoping to see the HD version of Cambridge family’s Christmas Card picture this week. We might also hear something about Prince Louis’ nursery plans before the end of the year. In another happy news, Catherine’s younger sister Pippa Matthews is expecting her second child with husband James Matthews. The couple got married in May 2017 and welcomed their first child in 2018.