Duke of Sussex to Attend Opening Match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public at Viaduct Harbour, in Auckland

The Duke of Sussex will attend the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Thursday, 30th May 2019

The Duke of Sussex will attend the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Oval on Thursday, 30th May 2019. The first match will feature England versus South Africa.

The ICC Cricket World Cup, which takes place from 30th May to 14th July, is being hosted by England and Wales and will feature the world’s top ten teams, nine of whom are from the Commonwealth. Over one million people are expected to attend matches and World Cup activations in England and Wales, with a further 1.5 billion watching around the world.

Upon arrival, The Duke will meet young children aged 8-12 years old who have been selected as Anthem Children from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement programme. His Royal Highness will also spend time with young people aged 16-26 years old who have been picked as Flag Bearers and will be walking out ahead of the teams, carrying the competing nations’ flags for the pre-match national anthems. The Duke will also meet children from Henry Fawcett School near the Oval, whose pupils are participating in the opening sequence and will accompany each Nation’s heliosphere onto the field of play. His Royal Highness will then deliver short remarks to officially open the ICC Cricket World Cup before watching part of the match.

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