Former taoiseach Enda Kenny was on the crest of a wave yesterday after beating the Royals in a charity yacht race.

The Mayo TD and his team, led by adventurer Bear Grylls, landed the spoils in the King's Cup yachting regatta off the Isle of Wight - finishing ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

They were also against a host of celebrities, including comedian John Bishop, historian Dan Snow, England Women's footballer Fara Williams, comedian John Bishop, Olympic rower Helen Glover and CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton.

Prince William finished tied third in the race, while his wife, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, finished last.

The win caps off a succession of glorious victories for Ireland after Shane Lowry won The Open and Dubliner Eoin Morgan led England to glory in the Cricket World Cup.

The son of an All-Ireland football medal winner, Enda is no stranger to sporting success. He regularly does the Ring of Kerry cycle and once climbed Kilimanjaro. He's pretty handy on the golf course as well, with a handicap of around 12 to 14.

Enda Kenny and Joe Biden played together in 2016

It is not the first time that Mr Kenny has been pictured alongside members of the royal family since he sailed off into the sunset in 2017.

Last year, he was pictured alongside Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle at a charity polo competition at Windsor.

Each of the yachts that took part in yesterday's race represented causes supported by the royal couple.

The King's Cup is a trophy that was first presented by King George V at Cowes' Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.