The Duchess brought back a fan favorite for today’s matches at Wimbledon. Here you see Kate being escorted by Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Many fans will recognize the frock as the Roksanda Ilincic dress worn for Kate, William and George’s arrival in Australia during the 2014 tour. (Check the end of the post for info about Rebecca Deacon’s dress.)
In this photo Greg Rusedski, a former player, is to Kate’s immediate left.
The Duchess meeting Oracene Price, the mother of Venus and Serena Williams.
Below, Kate greets ball boys and girls and other dignitaries.
Kate attracted quite a crowd.
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It was a gorgeous day for tennis.
The Duchess heading to her seat to watch the match between Serena Williams and Elena Vesnina.
Kate seated at Centre Court; Gill Brook (Mr. Brook’s wife) is on Kate’s right. Behind her to the right you can see Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame, to his left is his wife, Linda Gibb.
From this angle you can see Sophie, Countess of Wessex second from the right. Almost directly behind the Countess is Dame Maggie Smith.
It turns out that Prince George also likes tennis, more from The Guardian:
He may be third in line to become king but it always pays to keep one’s options open. Prince George, two, is already playing tennis, his mother, Kate, revealed during a visit to Wimbledon on Thursday…
Serena Williams in action.
We first saw Kate wearing this frock when arriving in Sydney, Australia in 2014.
The garment is a custom version of the Ryedale dress from the Roksanda Ilincic s/s 2014 collection. Below we show it in its original state. Here are the changes made to the dress:
- The neckline was squared off, it is not the rounded neckline seen above
- Excess fabric was taken out of the belled sleeves
- The colors were reversed; what is white in the photo above is yellow, what is yellow becomes white in Kate’s dress
This is the dress sometimes referred to as “the banana dress” by Kate fashion followers because Kate told a woman in Sydney that ‘William said I look like a banana.’ Another perspective on the colors from today’s Telegraph story by Emma Spedding:
Perhaps today it is more fitting to call this her ‘Slazenger dress’ though as the luminous colour with white blocks on the skirt and sleeves has led to tennis ball comparisons from some editors on the Telegraph fashion desk. A refreshing alternative to tennis whites.
Now to Kate’s jewelry.
The Duchess was in the same earrings worn to last night’s Art Fund awards.
The earrings feature iridescent baroque pearls and Swarovski crystals in an 18ct yellow gold vermeil over sterling silver setting. They retail for £130 (about $170) and were purchased at Baar and Bass. The style will be available to order soon according to both Soru and Baar and Bass, either firm may be emailed if you would like to be put on a waiting list for the earrings.
Kate also wore her Ballon Bleu watch by Cartier.
Kate carried a bag from a designer new to her wardrobe (as best we know), Victoria Beckham.
It is the Quincy Leather Tote Bag in textured white leather with dark green piping. The bag is made of 90% buffalo leather/10% calf leather; it features an adjustable strap that can be removed, canvas lining, and interior pockets. It originally retailed for £995, roughly $1300 at today’s exchange rates.
The Duchess accessorized with the Malory pump in nude kid by Rupert Sanderson ($675). NOTE: An earlier version of the post used an incorrect product photo with a patent leather Malory, many thanks to Martina for her comment, it prompted me to locate a photo showing Kate’s heels.
We saw the return of Kate’s Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. It looks like it could be one of her folding pair, but I need to find a better photo to be sure which style she is wearing.
Serena Williams was victorious in her match, more from CBS Sports.
Williams, the No. 1 player in the world, easily dispatched of unseeded Elena Vesnina in the Wimbledon semifinals to advance to her 28th Grand Slam final, her ninth at the All England Club.
The 6-2, 6-0 win took only 49 minutes, the shortest women’s match of the entire tournament.
She will play for the Championship on Saturday.
Kate and Sophie with the Brooks.
I’ve had a number of inquiries about the dress worn by Kate’s private secretary, Rebecca Deacon. It is the Kara by Madderson London. The dress is a classic shirtwaist and on sale for £98, still available in UK sizes 12 and 14.
We’ll see you tomorrow for the Royal International Air Tattoo.
- The Daily Mirror’s story is here; the Telegraph piece by Emma Spedding is here; The Express story is here; The Daily Mail’s story is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here
- Visit the Wimbledon website here; the Facebook page is here; and Twitter feed here
- There are a number of videos with Kate in them on the Wimbledon Facebook page and a 2-minute+ story on the Wimbledon website here; Wimbledon’s photo gallery is here