The Rugby Football League is delighted to confirm that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be Chief Guest at Wembley on Saturday 24th August for the 118th Challenge Cup Final, between St Helens and Warrington Wolves.
HRH The Duke of Sussex has been Patron of the Rugby Football League since December 2016, when he succeeded his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.
Simon Johnson, Interim Chair of the Rugby Football League, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final is established as a special and historic day in the British sporting calendar. It was first contested in 1897, and first staged at Wembley Stadium in 1929 – and we are delighted and honoured that The Duke of Sussex will be attending in his role as Patron of the Rugby Football League. We hope His Royal Highness will enjoy seeing the two current best teams in front of a passionate and colourful crowd at Rugby League’s showpiece event.”
All Golds Director, Lionel Hurst, said: “A member of The Royal Family as principal guest was always de rigueur and HRH The Duke of Sussex’s attendance as the Patron of our fine sport will add considerable gravitas and glamour to this wonderful occasion.”
The 2019 Coral Challenge Cup began back in January and the All Golds were proud to take their place among the 52 teams in the first round as they took on Drighlington in West Yorkshire.
Now there are just two teams left standing and the clash between St Helens and Warrington promises to be a thrilling national sporting occasion.
Twelve times winners of the Challenge Cup, St Helens, are making their first Wembley appearance since 2008, while opponents Warrington Wolves are seeking to lift the Cup for the ninth time, having tasted defeat in each of their last two appearances at Wembley including last year’s final won 20-14 by the Catalans Dragons.