The Duchess wore a Suzannah dress for an engagement at Wimbledon today.
A wide shot of Kate’s arrival.
And a closer view.
Many will remember that the Duchess is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
A quick video.
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Kate is also a longtime tennis player herself; a tennis court was added to the family’s country home, Anmer Hall when the Cambridge family took over the property.
First-round play started yesterday at the All England Club.
Below, Kate stops to chat on the way to her seat. With thanks to those who shared info via email, comments, and messages, the Duchess is shaking hands with Floella Benjamin, OBE, perhaps best known for her role as a presenter of several BBC children’s programs. The woman in the red sweater is Reverend Amanda Hodgson, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church Wimbledon, with thanks to Ursula for her comment sharing that information.
Kate started the day at Court 14, where she watched Britain’s Harriet Dart take on Christina McHale of the US.
On Kate’s right, you see Team GB player Katie Boulter, who isn’t competing this year because of a back injury; on her left, former player Anne Keothavong, recently named as Team GB’s Senior National Women’s Coach and Fed Ex Cup Captain.
Speaking later, Keothavong said about the duchess: “It’s brilliant to have the opportunity to sit there and chat to her and talk about Fed cup and British players and I guess just everything and anything about tennis.
“She was very interested to hear what my thoughts were and what Katie’s thoughts were on the game, she was clearly enjoying the tennis as well.”
The Duchess then moved to the royal box at Centre Court, where she was joined by AELTC Chair Philip Brook and his wife Gill.
This is Mr. Brook’s last year as chairman, after nine years in the position. More from a Forbes story:
A former captain of Cambridge University’s lawn tennis team, Brook became chairman of one of the world’s most famous international sports brands in December 2010. He will be succeeded by Ian Hewitt, a former partner at the London-based law firm Freshfields, in December.
The Duchess and the Brooks were at Centre Court watching Germany’s Tatjana Maria play Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Below left, Gill Brook.
I believe the Duchess was also able to watch some of the Roger Federer/Lloyd Harris match.
In addition to watching matches and visiting the practice courts, Kate also stopped by the Players’ Lounge where she chatted with Andy Murray.
The champion is about to make his return following hip surgery; he will be playing in the men’s doubles. UPDATE: Late this afternoon it was announced he would also be playing mixed doubles with Serena Williams.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for Day 2 of Wimbledon.
It is Suzannah’s Flippy Wiggle Dress (£1850, about $2340 at today’s exchange rates), done in an Italian silk crepe.
The tea-length dress has pintucks at the front yoke and waist, half-sleeves with a button cuff and contrasting silk covered buttons. The piece is available for pre-ordering, with a 6-week lead-time.
The Duchess carried a new bag, the Wicca style by Alexander McQueen.
She brought back her trusty Piper 85 Suede Pumps ($695), a classic pump with a pointed toe (called a ‘severe point toe’ in product descriptions!) and an 85mm heel, that’s about 3.4″. The shoe is back in stock again at My Theresa and available in almost all sizes.
Kate’s belt is also by Alexander McQueen.
The UFO No More crew suggest Kate wore a new pair of sunglasses, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer II round-frame tortoiseshell style ($205).
Kate’s may appear to be darker than a tortoiseshell pattern in the photo above, but in other images, you can see they are the tortoise style. Many thanks to Caroline Parr, the UFO No More team and Royal Romance for their speedy IDs today!
We saw the return of the Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop Earrings.
As well as the Duchess’s citrine cocktail ring. The first three shots are from today; the photo on the far right is from the 2018 Gentlemen’s Singles Final when the Duchess also wore the ring.
This is a piece Kate has had since at least 2008. She is seen wearing it in January 2008 when out celebrating her birthday with sister Pippa Middleton in the photo on the far left and left; you see closeups of the ring as seen at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last year; on the far right, Kate looks like she is wearing the ring in July 2008 for the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman at The Queen’s Chapel, St. James’s Palace.
There have been lots of questions about the pin Kate is wearing. It is a ribbon worn by AELTC members in the club’s colors.
The ribbon is primarily worn by female members. The majority of men are seen wearing a club tie, but they also wear the ribbon, or even both, like this gentleman who was seated at Centre Court today.
As best I recall, Philip Brook almost always/always wears both the ribbon and tie, as he did today.
Similar colors are used for a significant amount of official Wimbledon merchandise. The green and purple colors vary in shade, but the basic idea is the same. You see the darker green and purple on the Guest Towel, roughly 19″ x 28″ ($18), but not on the Tennis Racket Magnet ($5). And the Wimbledon Player Teddy Bear displays a mix of colors ($23).
The story is the same in apparel styles: the darker shade are seen in the Wimbledon Stripe Polo ($75), while the Ladies Striped Wimbledon Tee Shirt ($45) is a much lighter hue. The purple Championships Logo Tee Shirt uses a lighter green ($40).
This is the 1-minute open for Wimbledon 2019.
This is almost 10 minutes, a nifty feature on Andy Murray’s 2016 win and its significance.
- The Wimbledon site is here, its Facebook page here; its Twitter feed is here; online shopping is here
- The Mirror’s story is here; a Hello! piece is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Evening Standard piece is here; Rebecca Perring’s Express article is here
- Wimbledon’s gallery from Kate’s visit is here; Caroline Hallemann’s piece for Town and Country is here; a PopSugar gallery is here;