July 3, 2021
The Duchess of Cambridge toured the All England Club and delighted everyone with her smiling royal presence.
She also showed that a Duchess isn’t necessarily confined to the royal box when she visits Wimbledon.
As a patron of the Lawn Tennis Association, Wimbledon is close to her heart.
She genuinely loves our sport and seems to admire the Murray family as much as they admire her.
So maybe we shouldn’t have been all that surprised when she behaved like any passionate fan and watched the first Murray match on Friday.
The Duchess of Cambridge went to Court 14 to enjoy Jamie Murray playing doubles.
It wasn’t clear whether Jamie was aware of the royal presence in a discreet corner courtside. But it worked!
Wimbledon legend Tim Henman and the All England Club’s chief executive Sally Bolton escorted the royal supporter. And she couldn’t have looked more relaxed.
The much-loved Duchess wrote on Instagram later: ‘With the tournament having to be cancelled last year, it’s amazing to see fans and players back inside these iconic grounds.’
Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares shared the happy mood. They won through in three sets to the delight of the high-profile trio watching.
This is what Wimbledon is all about. Glamour and a sense of fun are everywhere.
And there was further enchanting drama elsewhere in the mixed doubles. Nick Kyrgios and the legendary Venus Williams found some winning chemistry too.
They embraced in the moment of victory and Nick made Venus laugh with a typically cheeky remark. It was just lovely to behold the dream team enjoying every moment.
Meanwhile the Duchess of Cambridge – who used to be known simply as Kate Middleton – had gone into one of Wimbledon’s less celebrated “engine rooms.”
She explained on Instagram later: ‘And although last year didn’t happen, the AELTC have continued to do incredible work with their local community. Through Wingfield Kitchen, they were able to provide 200 hot meals per day, for a whole year to those in need.’
The Duchess got involved in the kitchen by preparing a few of those iconic Wimbledon strawberries for someone’s enjoyment. It was a typically natural thing to do.
There was also time to watch a match from the royal box on Centre Court.
The Duchess seemed delighted by the quality of Ons Jabeur’s win over former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and chatted breezily to body coach Joe Wicks who was seated behind her.
That royal Instagram post ended with an amusing take on British chances at Wimbledon. ‘Unbiased prediction to win it: Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.’
Sadly the Andy Murray prediction didn’t have the shelf-life we were all hoping for. He was out by the end of the evening. Popular Canadian Denis Shapovalov proved too much for the brave Scot.
Murray had a magnificent week but it could be his last as a singles player at Wimbledon
What an incredible run Andy has had at the home of tennis. Serena too! But we did advise this could be the last chance to see them at Wimbledon.
Nothing we have seen this week has changed our opinion but haven’t we all cherished every marvellous moment?
And there are still so many magnificent players left in the tournament!
Future British superstar Emma Raducanu was still there on Saturday and now the 18-year-old has a royal fan.
After her latest visit to Wimbledon it’s pretty safe to say that everyone also loves the Duchess of Cambridge.
Do you want to come and watch Wimbledon too?