adidas hat Kate Middleton radiant in a polka dot dress at Wimbledon
She’s an avid tennis fan who has landed the coveted role of patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club and the plum job of handing out the trophies to this year’s champions.
And despite Andy Murray’s first round match being interrupted twice after the heaven’s opened, Kate refused to let the wet weather put a dampener on things as she put on a passionate display of support for the Scot.
TheDuchess of Cambridgewas paying her first visit toWimbledonas royal patron, after taking on the role from the Queen, and had a front row seat in the Royal Box to see Andy, 30, take onRussian Alexander Bublik, 20, who representsKazakhstan.
But it certainly the hold ups certainly didn’t diminish Kate’s excitement as she clapped and cheered and even appeared to pump the air with her fist at one point as she avidly followed the action on court.
Just when we were starting to think the ever impeccably turned out Duchess of Cambridge only wears recycled coat dresses and skirt suits,
she goes and surprises us.
Last week Kate debuted a brand new dress by Gucci and now today at Wimbledon, she once again chose a new ensemble, obviously keen to impress as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. This time it a sweet dress by Dolce Gabbana paired with a Victoria Beckham tote and earrings by Oscar de la Renta.
The black and white colorway of the dress is chic and perfect for summer, while the elegant knee length finish is a great choice for Wimbledon. Polka dots are a classic print that can be worn again and again, so a dress like Kate is always going to be a sound investment.
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And it may well have crossed the mind of the world number eight that the Duchess bears more than a striking resemblance to his girlfriend Romana Exenberger, a former beauty queen with the same flowing brunette locks and porcelain skin.
The pair met at a sports awards in 2015 and Romana, also from Austria, combines her career as a PA with blogging about travel.
An animated Kate chats to Philip Brook and the Queen’s cousin,
the Duke of Kent in the Royal Box
The Duchess ensured she stood out from the crowd today in a polka dot dress by D and ditched her customary nude court shoes in favour of on trend black sandals.
Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote by Victoria Beckham instead.
Prior to the start of play, Kate met some of The Championships’ ball boys and ball girls, to hear more about their experiences of the tournament, and was introduced to tennis legend Martina Navratilova as well as former world number one player Kim Clijsters.
And shetold two ball girls and a boy that their work ‘makes the game happen’.
The Duchess was in prime position between Philip Brook, chairman of theAll England Lawn Tennis Club and his wife Gill
‘It makes such a difference to the players, your professionalism,’ she said. ‘You look so smart.’
She also chatted to staff who play a pivotal role each year, including the tournament’s stewards and its medical and safety teams.
This is the Duchess’ first visit to The Championships as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club,
which hosts the Wimbledon championships.
The mother of two has taken on patronage of the All England Club after it was handed to her by Her Majesty the Queen
She was handed the patronage by the Queen after Her Majesty enjoyed 64 years in the role as she sought to reduce her workload following her 90th birthday.
Her role means she’s been handed the plum job of presenting the trophies to the champions, taking over from theQueen’s cousin The Duke of Kent who has performed the role for 40 years.
After her meet and greet session, Kate took her seat in the royal box to watchAndy Murray take onAlexander Bublik of Russia, 20, ranked 134, who earned his place in the tournament after another player pulled out through injury.
Fans without Centre or Number One court tickets still have a chance to see British players in action, with Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson,
Aljaz Bedene, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all set to play.