On Tuesday Kate Middleton and Prince William made their first Wimbledon appearance of the year, watching a gripping match between top-seed Novak Djokovic and No. 20 ranked Jannik Sinner in the royal box at center court. The couple was joined by Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and also greeted Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, according to Hello. William and Kate were spotted smiling after Sinner won a rally.
Wearing a favorite cornflower blue polka-dot Alessandra Rich dress with a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses, Kate mastered the summery unofficial dress code of Wimbledon. She also wore the dress during a surprise appearance at a luncheon in Ladbroke Grove during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, a reflection of her ongoing goal to promote sustainability by rewearing outfits.
Kate has been a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which organizes Wimbledon, since 2016, and her appearances at the tournament have been a highlight of her summer schedule for more than a decade. During her day at Wimbledon, Kate sat next to and spoke with Ian Hewitt, chair of the All England Tennis club.
Over her years as a patron, she has also made friends with some of the U.K.’s top tennis players, and last fall she played a match against the U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu. Afterward, she spoke to reporters about the experience. “I was actually very nervous playing the duchess. I was like: ‘Don’t miss, don’t miss’!” Raducanu said. “She was very supportive, and it was great to play tennis with her… She has a great game and, actually, an incredible forehand.”
In February, Kate also became the patron of the Rugby Football Union, a position that was previously held by Prince Harry. In a statement at the time, the palace said that the role would “closely align with Her Royal Highness’ long-standing passion for sport and the lifelong benefits it can provide.”
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