In commemoration of the centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta, military VIIIs will once again compete against each other at Henley Royal Regatta after a one hundred year hiatus.
The King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta will be a race between eight military forces which honours the past, cements and contributes to the Alliances of today and builds towards the future; The King’s Cup will see crews from the original six nations that raced in 1919, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, joined by Germany and the Netherlands. They will compete in a knock-out format over the final three days of the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta and for the first time at an elite rowing event, men and women will row in the same boat.
Henley Royal Regatta is the highlight of the British summer, the finest river Regatta in the world and an event that ranks alongside Wimbledon and Royal Ascot. Her Majesty the Queen is Patron and this 180 year old event is part Edwardian picnic, part elite sporting event. Over five days in front of 100,000 spectators and broadcast cameras, live streamed races include schools, universities and national crews. Eight military crews will race, their nation’s fittest and finest, servicemen and women rowing together with a potential three million audience in uniform and a broadcast highlights package.
The 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta was a key milestone in the sport of rowing and was staged to help heal wounds and hasten the return to normality of the Allied nations and their troops recovering from the First World War. The highlight was The King’s Cup, presented by King George V for Allied military crews. Six nations competed with an Australian Army crew ultimately victorious.