Today, The Duke of Sussex opened the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, a six-week tournament featuring the world’s top ten cricket teams - nine of which represent Commonwealth countries. As His Royal Highness said in his speech this morning: “The first ever cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975 and I'm delighted that the UK will once again play host to this wonderful global sporting event featuring ten incredible teams who, thanks to the UK’s cultural diversity, will feel as though they are competing in front of a home crowd every time they take to the field.” Today marks the fifth time England has hosted the Cricket World Cup. Tournaments like the @cricketworldcup are a huge opportunity to inspire kids all over the world in the power of sport - encouraging them to participate in activity that fosters teamwork, supports an active lifestyle, and builds a deep sense of community. Yesterday Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace, and today His Royal Highness met with young people involved in cricket youth engagement programmes and local school children from the Henry Fawcett School. Over the next six weeks, over one million people are expected to attend cricket matches and World Cup activations in the eleven host venues across England and Wales, with a further 1.5 billion watching around the world. On behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, best of luck to everyone taking part in the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - and a big thank you to all those staff and volunteers, supporters and fans who will make these next six weeks so special.

Today, The Duke of Sussex opened the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, a six-week tournament featuring the world’s top ten cricket teams - nine of which represent Commonwealth countries. As His Royal Highness said in his speech this morning: “The first ever cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975 and I'm delighted that the UK will once again play host to this wonderful global sporting event featuring ten incredible teams who, thanks to the UK’s cultural diversity, will feel as though they are competing in front of a home crowd every time they take to the field.” Today marks the fifth time England has hosted the Cricket World Cup.  Tournaments like the @cricketworldcup are a huge opportunity to inspire kids all over the world in the power of sport - encouraging them to participate in activity that fosters teamwork, supports an active lifestyle, and builds a deep sense of community.  Yesterday Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace, and today His Royal Highness met with young people involved in cricket youth engagement programmes and local school children from the Henry Fawcett School.  Over the next six weeks, over one million people are expected to attend cricket matches and World Cup activations in the eleven host venues across England and Wales, with a further 1.5 billion watching around the world.  On behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, best of luck to everyone taking part in the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - and a big thank you to all those staff and volunteers, supporters and fans who will make these next six weeks so special.




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