Duchess Kate steps out at Wimbledon Day 5, watches a men’s doubles match


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Oof, someone needed to remind people that they exist. “Don’t forget about meeeeee,” a certain button-covered duchess cried. The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of Wimbledon and the All-England Club in 2016. There was some gossip that she would become the President of Wimbledon, an honorary position often filled by a royal, but the Duke of Kent is apparently unwilling to give it up. So the Duke of Kent is still president and Kate is the royal patron. Pretty much as soon as she became the royal patron, she basically stopped going to anything other than the finals. Which will always be hilarious to me.

Anyway, Wimbledon has been happening since Monday and it’s been chaotic with all of the rain, scheduling issues and injuries from the wet grass. Kate is a huge fan of Andy Murray and Roger Federer, both of whom have played two matches (each) on Center Court already. Kate didn’t come out for them, although I bet she stays for Andy’s match later on today, or maybe even Dan Evans’ match on Center Court (Evans is having a great year and he’s been playing so well).

She arrived at the All-England Club around noon to watch some matches and highlight some of the work the club has been doing in the past year and a half. Apparently, the AELTC has been providing 200 daily meals for the local community during the pandemic, and she did some prep work in the kitchen today. The trade-off is that she’ll get to spend several hours watching tennis too, I imagine.

She was first seen on one of the outer courts, watching a men’s doubles match (Jamie Murray & his doubles partner Bruno Soares versus Vasek Pospisil and Nick Monroe). Her polka-dotted skirt is by Alessandra Rich, and her bag is Mulberry. She was seated next to retired player Tim Henman on the outer court. The rule about masks at the AELTC is that people need to stay masked up when they’re moving through the club, but once they’re seated at a match, they can remove their masks. Wimbledon is currently at “half capacity” but they will allow more people to come later in the Championships.

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