At Wimbledon this afternoon the sky was that leaden gray you know is going to bring rain and perhaps delays.
The Duke and Duchess arriving at the Royal Box. Leading the way (lower left), Philip Brook, chairman of the All England club.
Local favorite, Scotland’s Andy Murray, was playing Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Below, Mr. Murray acknowledging his warm welcome from fans as he steps onto Centre Court.
William and Kate in the almost-full royal box.
Many will recognize Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, to William’s left.
Behind Kate and William: Billie Jean King and Bear Grylls, UK Scouting’s ‘First Scout.’ Kate is also a volunteer with UK Scouting.
The Duchess and Mr. Grylls at the National Scouting Parade at Windsor Castle in April of 2013. Kate wore Mulberry’s Frayed Coat in mint tweed.
Another view of Ms. King and the royals.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton as they arrived at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club this morning.
Manchester United star Ashley Young chatting with Mr. Beckham.
HSH Prince Albert of Monaco was also at the match.
With apologies, I am not sure who the woman is on his right, our left. Thank you, Virginia & Julia, for comments, as well as Imke’s email, to let me know the woman is the Monegasque Ambassador to the UK, Evelyne Genta. The assistance is much appreciated!
Also watching in the royal box, Kate’s personal assistant Rebecca Deacon.
For today’s dress, Kate returned to a favored retailer, LK Bennett. The Duchess wore a piece from the brand’s fall collection, the Cayla long dress in a cardinal red.Detailed shots show the bodice seaming front and back, along with the notched sleeves.
And a view that hopefully shows the fullness of the skirt on the front.
The Cayla is 100% polyester with a polyester lining. It is priced at $425 on LK Bennett’s USA/Canadian site, where it is shown as being out of stock. On LK Bennett’s UK/European site, the dress is £250, with almost no sizes left. House of Fraser also stocked the dress, but they show the piece as being sold out.
The frock is featured on the US homepage.
A Tip of the Tiara today to Katie R. who messaged me on Facebook about this dress well before I identified the dress, thank you, Katie!
Kate carried the DVF Leopard Print Clutch.
A closer look at the bag.
The clutch was first noted when Kate used it during the North American Tour in Los Angeles. On that occasion, it complemented the ‘Maje’ green silk dress by Diane von Furstenberg.
Kate was sporting slightly shorter hair, as well as some soft bangs (aka fringe) for today’s match.
They are clearly non-polarized, with a gradient lens. Anna of My Small Obsessions believes they are the Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarers in ‘Havana.‘ In the photos, they look black when the sun is out, as well as when it’s cloudy. But after much hunting, I couldn’t locate a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers that are folding with non-polarized, gradient lenses in the same shade as Kate’s. The closest I come up with is the Tortoise or Havana as Anna suggests. Below, a shot of Kate and William in the bright sunlight. (It’s certainly possible they are a different pair altogether, but if that’s the case I wasn’t able to locate them.)
For comparison, here is the Tortoise pair with the gradient lens, shown at Ray-Ban ($165).
The Duchess was in nude heels, many believe she was wearing her Gilbert heels from Jimmy Choo.
At the end of play Mr. Murray defeated Mr. Pospisil, now moving on to his sixth appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final. AELTC posted this graphic on its Facebook page. Friday’s semi-final pits Mr. Murray against Roger Federer.
Kate looked happy, and the red was very pretty on her. It was surprising to see her in such a vivid color; while the Duchess has not always worn white, she has generally avoided such a bright hue in the front row of the royal box. My friend Micki Maynard mentioned the possible distraction a bright color can have, although it is not against the AELTC dress code rule for Centre Court.
Centre Court Debenture Holders have their own lounge which has been designed to be a place in which to eat, drink and relax in stylish surroundings.
The dress code for the lounges is smart casual. In particular, jeans, sports shorts (tailored shorts are acceptable for both ladies and gentlemen), collarless shirts and trainers are not acceptable. Gentlemen are not required to wear a jacket and/or tie. Please also refrain from smoking within the Debenture Holders’ areas.
We have had a number of comments about the color of Kate’s dress ‘proper attire for tennis spectators’ (my phrase) I’ll share a personal note about apparel at a tennis match: while probably considered ‘old school’ on the topic, lighter, non-distracting shades have been considered appropriate attire for watching tennis. I’ve not been to Wimbledon or any Grand Slam events and do not want to suggest I am an expert on the topic, for I am not. I speak merely from my personal experience. Additionally, Kate opting for a vivid color today isn’t something I consider a horrific faux pas; it is mentioned as a point of interest and something some of us were surprised to see.
Several WKWers noted on the Facebook page that it appears the Duchess has had the dress altered, as she frequently does with off-the-rack purchases. I hadn’t noticed, but in looking again at the photos, I believe they are right. Thank you Jacqueline C.S, Dee, Lucy, Amanda and Food Fash & Fit.
In this video clip from Wimbledon, you can see the players entering the stadium, Kate and William, Mr. Murray’s mother, and more.
- Wimbledon’s photo gallery of the match is here, videos of Day 8 play may be seen here, a 30-second video of William and Kate arriving is here
- The Wimbledon online gift shop is here
- The Daily Mail‘s photo-heavy story is here
- The Express story is here & The Express photo gallery is here, The Mirror‘s story is here
- Stories discussing appropriate attire for watching tennis (not intended to support any point of view, perhaps possible interest )