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Sailor Sir Ben Ainslie to marry presenter Georgie Thompson

Sir Ben Ainslie and Georgie Thompson pictured at the Radio Academy Awards in May. Credit: PA

Sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and TV presenter Georgie Thompson have announced their engagement.

Former Sky Sports anchor Thompson, 36, who dated Declan Donnelly between 2009 and 2011, tweeted:

Sir Ben, 37, who has four Olympic gold medals and an America's Cup win to his name, shared this picture of the couple and their dog.

Thompson told the Mail that the pair met through mutual friends but it was three years before their friendship became a romantic relationship.

Sir Ben Ainslie 'very impressed' with Kate's knowledge

Sir Ben Ainslie has told ITV News he was "very impressed" with the Duchess of Cambridge's design knowledge and her support for a British team to take part in the America's Cup.

"She is obviously passionate about British sport, and the America's Cup is something through sailing that is close to her heart ... we're very grateful for that support," the Olympic gold medallist added.

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Duchess views the America's Cup at Greenwich

The America's Cup was on display at the Greenwich Maritime Museum in London, as the Duchess met with supporters of Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to launch a British team to take part in the competition.

The Duchess with the team hoping to launch a UK team in 2017. Credit: ITV News

Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie is seeking to enter a British team in the 35th America's Cup, to be held in 2017.

The Duchess laughs as she hears about the success Americans have had in defending the cup. Credit: ITV News

The oldest trophy in sport was first offered as the One Hundred Pound Cup in 1851 for a race around the Isle of Wight, witnessed by Queen Victoria.

The trophy was first offered in 1851. Credit: ITV News

The first race was won by the schooner America, from New York, which beat a fleet of British boats sailing around the island.

American teams successfully defended all challenges for 132 years, until an Australian team won in 1983.

Duchess greets supporters of UK America's Cup bid

The Duchess of Cambridge met with the various supporters involved in attempting to launch a UK team in sailing's premier competition, the America's cup.

The Duchess and Ben Ainslie at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Kate met with crew and boat designers outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and will be shown an America's Cup class boat inside.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

First America's Cup race took place round Isle of Wight

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is attempting to enter a British team into the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

The UK enjoys a rich history in the competition with the first ever race taking place off the Isle of Wight in the mid-19th Century.

Sir Ben Ainslie wants to enter a British team into the 2017 competition. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The oldest trophy in sport was first offered as the One Hundred Pound Cup in 1851 for a race around the Isle of Wight, witnessed by Queen Victoria.

The first race was won by the schooner America, from New York, which beat a fleet of British boats.

American teams successfully defended all challenges for 132 years, until an Australian team won in 1983. Britain has never won the America's Cup.

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Duchess to meet supporters of UK America's Cup team

The Duchess of Cambridge will meet supporters of the bid to launch a British team to take part in sailing's premier competition the America's Cup.

The Duchess of Cambridge taking the helm of an America's Cup yacht. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie wants to enter a British team in the 35th America's Cup, which will be held in 2017, after his friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died while competing in the event last year.

However, Sir Ben's aim depends on the development of design and technology skills in the UK to ensure Britain has the expertise to build a boat capable of winning the famous cup.

The Duchess will today meet crew and boat designers and see an America's Cup class boat, during a breakfast reception at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Ainslie: British team decision likely in 'a matter of weeks'

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie told ITV News a decision will be made in "a matter of weeks" on whether there will be a British entry into the America's cup.

Ainslie was the strategist for Oracle Team USA as they recovered from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8 and win this year's event in San Francisco Bay.

He has spoken in the aftermath of his wish to repeat the victory with a British team.

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