On Saturday Duchess of Cambridge, the patron of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, took the front seat at the Women’s Wimbledon Finale. It was one of the very few appearances Duchess made since the birth of Prince Louis.
Duchess, a keen tennis fan and the amateur player took the patronage of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from Her Majesty the Queen in December 2016. We have seen Duchess at Wimbledon for almost every year since her coming into the limelight. It was revealed a few times ago that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already playing with the tennis racket. Upon arrival Duchess of Cambridge was received by the President of the Wimbledon Foundation. This year also marked the 150th anniversary of the Wimbledon.
Wimbledon Foundation shared this animated video showing the evolution of Wimbledon through a single continuous tennis rally, beginning in 1877 with Spencer Gore and ending with Serena Williams. As each new era begins, the illustrative style evolves with it, capturing historic details such as radically changing fashions, pony rollers used to keep the courts in prime condition, TV broadcasts, and even the switch to yellow balls.
Before taking her seat in the royal box, Catherine met with the old champions and ball boys and girls and talked to them about their experiences on the court.
Catherine talking with Wheelchair champions.
The special meet and greet was the young ball girl Tia Carter who tossed the coin at the ladies final. Tia Carter represented the RAF Benevolent Fund. Tia’s parents Wayne and Joyce both served in the Royal Air Force. Her mother sadly passed away last year. The RAF Benevolent Fund’s flagship youth support scheme, Airplay, has been a great support to Tia as she comes to terms with the loss of her mother.
Duchess of Cambridge took a seat in the front row of the royal box alongside the President of AELTC, his wife and Meghan Markle.
Duchess was able to enjoy the final tense sets of men’s semi-final as the match went over-schedule and Novak Djokovic came out victorious.
The women’s finale was played between Tennis champion Serena Williams and German tennis player Angelique Kerber. Kerber won 2016 Australian and the 2016 US Open. She has also won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany at the 2016 summer games. It was the second time Kerber and Williams were playing the Wimbledon. They played against each other in 2016 also when Serena Williams won the championship.
After the match, Duchess of Cambridge met the new Wimbledon Champion.
Coming to the sartorial details, the glowing Duchess of Cambridge looked extremely lovely in bespoke Jenny Packham dress. Motherhood definitely suits Kate as she was looking radiant and extremely happy.
The white dress having tennis ball print features short sleeves with ruffle detailing at the neckline and waistline with a fitted silhouette.
A closer look at the print.
Today Catherine debuted a new handbag. She was carrying Dolce & Gabbana Pink Medium Miss Sicily Bag. The $1695 bag is described as “Structured grained ‘dauphine’ calfskin top handle bag in ‘rose’ pink. Carry handle at top. Adjustable and detachable shoulder strap with lobster clasp fastening.”
Catherine chose her trusty Gianvito Rossi praline suede pumps once again.
Giving a node to Princess Victoria of Sweden who was also celebrating her 41st birthday on Saturday, Catherine wore her pearl drop earrings by Swedish brand In2Design. She premiered the earrings during her Sweden tour this year in January. Duchess finished her look with her Cartier watch that was a gift from Prince William.
Celebrating Wimbledon Duchess was also wearing the Wimbledon pin. On Sunday she will be back in the royal box with Prince William to enjoy the Men’s Finale.