Kate and William spent a good part of the day enjoying tennis at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, more commonly known as Wimbledon.
The first match they watched showed Roger Federer handily dispensing with 26th seeded Mikhail Youzhny.
The Royal Box was crowded for today’s matches, Prince William chatted with Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Club, and Kate was seated next to Mr. Brook’s wife, Gill.Â Â
Some of the former champions on hand included Steffi Graf and her husband, Andre Agassi, as well as Australia’s Rod Laver, Pam Shriver and Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands.
Many Duchess fashion fans will recognize what Kate wore; it is the Alexander McQueen sailor dress.
The last time Kate was seen in this piece was precisely one year ago today, July 4 of 2011. Kate sported the frock in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island during the couple’s North American tour.
Our post on that appearance is here.
Kate and William clearly enjoyed today’s matches, they also watched the UK’s Andy Murray battle David Ferrer of Spain.
The couple left just as the rain started, it was strong enough play had to be stopped in the middle of the 4th set between Mr. Murray and Mr. Ferrer.
Kate also carried her Jaeger ‘Kate’ bag.
It appears Kate has a barely there manicure, she wore her sapphire earrings again.
She also wore them with the dress last year.
We thought you would enjoy a bit of background on the Royal Box from the Wimbledon website.
The Royal Box has been used for the entertainment of friends and guests of Wimbledon since 1922. The Royal Box has 74 seats.
Protocol – dress is smart, suits/jacket and tie, etc. Ladies are asked not to wear hats, as they tend to obscure the vision of those seated behind them.
Speaking of protocol, some of us remember players curtseying and bowing to all Royals whenever they arrived or departed Centre Court. That changed some years ago, here is the official policy:
In 2003, in accordance with the wishes of HRH The Duke of Kent, the Clubâ€™s President, it was agreed that the time was right to discontinue the tradition of players bowing/curtseying to members of the Royal family on entering or leaving the Centre Court. The only exceptions will be for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.
For those wondering about the final outcome, Andy Murray won a very hard fought battle.
The primary reason Kate and William left before the match concluded is their schedule, the couple needs to be in Scotland early tomorrow for William’s official investiture to the Order of the Thistle.
We wanted to share a few looks from the Temperley London Resort 2013 collection.
Three more knee-length styles.
Our final four shorter frocks, the two on the left appear to be wool or wool blend knits more appropriate for daytime wear, while the two on the right could possibly be more suitable for dressier occasions, the neckline embellishment on the blue seems to be ‘very Kate’.
These are also three possibilities, although the dress on the far right would require significant adjustments to the front hemline, I don’t see Kate in that sort of low-high length; major surgery of that kind would dramatically impact the way the garment drapes, arguably destroying the very element that makes it distinctive.
And four more of the formal looks.
Again, some would need substantial changes to work for the Duchess, but I can see Kate in several styles. By the way, Temperley’s pre-fall collection is now available for ordering.
We’ll see you again tomorrow for the Order of the Thistle.