Kate Middleton is a big tennis fan. The Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), but even before taking on Queen Elizabeth’s patronage in 2016, she was a regular at the famous summer tennis tournament. Plus, she’s not just a tennis fan – Kate has been known to pick up a racket herself.
The Duchess can be counted on to make an appearance every year at Wimbledon. Since marrying Prince William in 2011, she’s only missed Wimbledon twice: in 2013, when she was pregnant with Prince George, and in 2020, when the tournament was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. -19. She often appears with Prince William, but she has also appeared with her father, Michael Middleton, her sister Pippa and her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle. In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex’s first-ever joint appearance was at Wimbledon.
Here, scroll through Kate Middleton’s best Wimbledon moments and see her style at Wimbledon over the years.
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In her role as Royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Kate presented the trophies at the end of the match.
As always, she seemed delighted to watch the tennis from the royal box. It was also her third time wearing a yellow dress at Wimbledon—Kate knows what works for her.
She presented the trophies after the game. Here she presents the winner’s trophy to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who defeated Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in straight sets.
Kate’s third and final appearance at Wimbledon 2021 was for the Men’s Singles Championship. The Duchess of Cambridge dressed in a belted pastel pink Beulah London dress and wore a matching pink floral mask.
She was joined by her father, Michael Middleton, for tennis day. Both father and daughter swung their sunglasses.
In 2021, the Duke of Kent stepped down as President of the AELTC, a position he has held for over 50 years. The Queen’s cousin presented the trophies for the final time. Kate will likely resume trophy presentations in subsequent years.
Kate was joined in the royal box by Prince William and women’s tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. (Billie Jean King often sits in the royal box when she attends Wimbledon.)
Kate presented the winner’s trophy to Australian Ashleigh Barty, who beat Karolina Pliskova.
After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wimbledon made a comeback in 2021. The Duchess of Cambridge showed up at the start of the tournament on day five for a working visit. She wore a mask on the entire court for COVID safety.
She joined chef Adam Fargin in the kitchens of the All England Tennis Club to help prepare the strawberries for Wimbledon’s famous strawberry desserts.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the men’s singles final wearing a light blue Emilia Wickstead dress. Here, she meets the referees on center court.
She presented the 2019 men’s singles trophy to Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer after nearly five hours – the longest men’s Wimbledon final in history.
It was the first time the Duchess of Cambridge had presented the trophy.
Kate opted to wear a rich green Dolce and Gabbana dress again during a visit to Canada in 2016.
Ahead of the women’s final, Kate also attended a lunch and met junior players (left to right) Kamilla Bartone, Oksana Selekmeteva, Polina Kudermetova and Giulia Morlet.
Kate made her first appearance at Wimbledon in 2019, attending day two of the tournament. Here she is pictured with two British tennis players: Katie Boulter (left) and Anne Keothavong (right).
Kate wore a white Suzannah dress for her day at the All England Tennis Club, which channeled the tennis whites that players wear to compete.
She carried the Wimbledon schedule into the royal box, where she stopped to chat with a military man.
The Cambridges attended the men’s singles final on the last day of Wimbledon, as is becoming tradition for them.
Kate wore a bright yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress, to which she added her AELTC ribbon. The yellow didn’t just coordinate with tennis balls, it helped her stand out in a crowd.
To attend the men’s singles championship, Kate opted for a short-sleeved white Catherine Walker dress with flowers at the bottom. It was the first year she wore the purple and green ribbon worn by AELTC members – Kate became a patron, and therefore a member, in 2016.
Once again the Cambridges went super in the game.
Kate at Wimbledon Polka Dot: That makes sense at this point. She wore a black and white Dolce & Gabbana polka dot dress to attend day one of the 2017 Championships.
It was her first official visit to Wimbledon as royal patron, and Kate seemed over the moon.
As part of her new job as patron of the All England Tennis Club, her visits to Wimbledon are now more than just watching tennis. Here, Kate met servicemen and women.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were again present for the men’s singles championship. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen print dress.
Kate wore a bright yellow Roksanda dress, which coordinated with the tennis balls!
Before the game, she met ball girls and ball boys.
She also met Serena and Venus’ mother, Oracene Price, and seemed delighted to speak with the mother of the two American tennis legends.
The Cambridges attended Day 9 of the Championships in 2015, taking part in the men’s quarter-finals. It was the last year that Kate would only attend Wimbledon once.
She wore a bright red LK Bennett dress and carried a leopard print clutch. It’s funny!
Kate and William attended the men’s singles final in 2014. Kate was delighted to be back in the royal box after a year’s absence from Wimbledon due to pregnancy.
Kate wore a repeat of her 2012 royal tour: a green and blue geometric dress by Jonathan Saunders.
In her first Wimbledon appearance in 2014, Kate chose a white lace Zimmerman dress which she wore for the first time in Australia.
In 2012, Kate and her sister Pippa attended the Men’s Singles Championship, watching Roger Federer defeat Andy Murray.
Earlier in the week, Kate appeared in an Alexander McQueen knit sailor dress.
She was joined by Prince William to watch a men’s quarter-final match from the royal box.
For Kate’s first Wimbledon as a member of the royal family, she chose a very tennis-inspired white dress by Temperley London.
It was her first time sitting in the royal box, and she got very involved in it, encouraging her new husband to rock the boat with her.
Kate wore a casual white sundress with a black sweater to compete in tennis in 2008.
She was joined by a few friends, including her close friend Sophie Carter (standing next to her). Years later, Kate would name Sophie Princess Charlotte as godmother.
Kate Middleton’s first public appearance at Wimbledon: She was pictured in the stands watching a third round match between Sweden’s Robin Soderling and Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Although her outfit is unclear, she appears to be wearing a red sundress.
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