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The Duchess Wears Alessandra Rich as Prince George Goes to Wimbledon for the First Time

The Duchess Wears Alessandra Rich as Prince George Goes to Wimbledon for the First Time

Prince George joined his parents for the first time at Wimbledon today.

The Cambridges were there for the Gentlemen’s Singles Final match between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.  Many royal fans posted on social media about Prince Williams’s first trip to Wimbledon in 1991.

Below, the royals today as they crossed the bridge from the Millenium building to Centre Court.

Before the match, Prince George and the Duchess met Dylan Mulvey, who did today’s coin toss.

More about Dylan from this My London story

Dylan Mulvey will take part in the ceremony after being nominated by a fundraising officer at St George’s Hospital Charity in recognition of his fundraising efforts for the hospital.

Dylan won after he decided to take part in an abseil down the 13-storey Pelican tower to say thank you to St. George’s Hospital for looking after his grandparents in their end-of-life care.

A closer look at the special coins used for the toss.

Dylan and his family were given a tour of the Wimbledon grounds.  This is Dylan and his younger brother Aidan.  

A quick video. 

And from The Telegraph’s coverage.

When [the Duchess was] asked about Prince George coming to Wimbledon, she said to him: “Is this your first time? It is, isn’t it?” to which he replied: “Yes.”

When asked why Princess Charlotte was not there, she said: “It’s George’s treat today.”

Prince George was also asked who he was going to support and appeared too shy to answer – so the Duke of Cambridge looked at him and whispered: “Djokovic,” before adding: “We’ll see how long it lasts. He’ll support the winner.”

The trio settled into the royal box. 

Prince George with a wave.

The Duchess chatting with George, who is said to be a tennis fan.  Roger Federer has spoken about giving him lessons.

It looks like the Duke was explaining something to Prince George in this photo. 

The match drew a big crowd on Wimbledon’s hill.

There was also a big crowd for the match in Brooklyn, New York.  More from this WPIX piece

In London, Brits who don’t have tickets to Wimbledon will secure a spot on the grass, also known as the Hill, outside the courts and watch the matches live on a big television screen.

And at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New Yorkers can have that same experience, but with a waterfront view of Lower Manhattan. Once visitors arrive, they’re greeted by Wimbledon stewards who are dressed the part. Once inside, they can traditionally lay out their picnic blankets and watch the games.

NOTE: As pointed out by Carolyn in a comment, the Times information on the hill is inaccurate. A ticket for the Grounds is required to access the hill.

Among the tennis legends at today’s match, Australia’s John Newcombe. 

Chris Evert and her brother John. (NOTE: The post originally said this was Ms. Evert’s husband, which is incorrect.) 

You can see Stan Smith just behind the Duchess (in the navy jacket) with his wife, Marjory Gengler Smith.

Some may recall Mr. Smith giving the Duchess a pair of Stan Smith shoes for Prince Louis in 2019. 

Another Australian great at today’s match, Rod Laver.

With thanks to Anne for her comment pointing it out, behind Mr. Laver you can see HRH Princess Alexandra, a cousin to the Queen.  

Other notable names on hand included Tom Cruise.

Kate Winslet.

And Tom Hiddleston.

I don’t have photos of other royal family members in attendance, but Lady Gabriella Windsor and her husband, Thomas Kingston were at the match, as well as Lord Frederick Windsor, and his wife Sophie Winkleman. 

Prince George enjoying the scene at Centre Court.

Here you see the Duchess and Ian Hewitt (on the Duchess’s right), chairman of the All England Club.  The Duchess is the club’s royal patron.

Nick Kyrgios hands Dylan the coin for today’s toss.

Mr. Djokovic and Mr. Kyrgios right after the toss. 

Some background on the players and this match from the NY Times

Djokovic’s impetuous and contrarian behavior, especially compared with his chief rivals, the gentlemanly Nadal and Roger Federer, has long made him more feared than loved, a crasher of the binary tennis rivalry that Federer and Nadal first created more than 15 years ago.

Kyrgios, a temperamental and explosive talent who has spent his career battling the tennis establishment and his own demons, is an uncontrollable and disruptive force who has put himself in the heat of the Wimbledon spotlight since the first days of this tournament.

 He has earned $14,000 in fines this tournament but has played to packed stadiums, with fans lusting for his booming serve, or the occasional underhanded one, and his through-the-legs trick shots.

A shot from the first set.

The Cambridges as the match got underway.

A wider shot of the royal box.

The temperature at the start of the match was 84°.

Prince George sharing a laugh with his mother. 

At some points, Prince George looked like he was very much into the match.

I’m not sure what he was reacting to here.  (Perhaps some of the language heard on the court?)Another view.

Mr. Djokovic reaches for the ball.

The scene at Centre Court for the championship match.

The match was decided after four sets, with Mr. Djokovic the victor.

The competitors after the three-hour and one-minute match.

From Wimbledon’s story about the match. 

Playing in the broiling heat of the All England Club, where temperatures exceeded 35 degrees Celsius, and with his opponent regularly talking to himself and his players’ box between points, Djokovic also put himself level with his boyhood idol Pete Sampras on seven titles. 

Now only Roger Federer, with eight, has won more.

The Duchess then headed to Centre Court for the awards presentation. 

The Duchess meeting Wimbledon employees.

The Duchess was greeted by Sally Bolton OBE, the All England Club CEO.

Prince George and the Duke as they watched the presentation. 

First, the Gentlemen’s Singles runner-up’s award.

Another view. 

And then the winner’s Cup.

The Cup is made of silver gilt and stands 18 inches high.   

You can see Mr. Djokovic’s name was added to the Cup again before the award ceremony.

The inscription reads, “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World”.  The Cup stays at Wimbledon and champions are given a three-quarter size replica.

A wide shot. 

As is customary after a finals match, the gentlemen did brief interviews while on Centre Court.  From Mr. Kyrgios: 

Yeah, he’s a bit of a god, I thought I had played well. I want to congratulate Novak, I don’t how now many times he was won it. And thank the umpires and ball girls and ball boys, i know we have a tough relationship at times. I am so tired. Our team has played so much tennis. I am really happy, it’s the best result of my career so far. Maybe I will be back again, maybe not.

And from Mr. Djokovic’s remarks: 

Nick, you’ll be back. Not just in Wimbledon but in many finals. You showed why you are one of the best players in the world. Congrats to you and your team. I wish you all the best, man. I really think you are an amazing talent. I never thought I’m going to say so many nice things about you, considering the relationship! OK, it’s officially a bromance! Hopefully this is the start of a wonderful friendship. Let’s start with dinner and drinks and we will see.

I lost words for what this trophy means. It has always been and always will be the most special tournament. Realising a childhood dream in winning this trophy. Every year it gets more meaningful, I am really blessed. The most special court in the world. I am extremely happy and grateful to be here.

The Cambridges chatted with the champion after the ceremonies were over.   

Now for our look at what Kate wore.

We begin with the Alessandra Rich polka dot dress. 

The dress is 100% silk, with a wide collar, puffed and gathered sleeves, a peplum waist, and bow at the neckline.

The dress is available in limited sizing at Net-a-Porter ($1305) and also at Matches Fashion ($1305).  Many thanks to Katie for the ID.

The Duchess accessorized with her Alessandra Rich two-tone heels ($745). 

The eagle-eyed Middleton Maven noted the Duchess’s PA (personal assistant) was carrying the Quincy Tote by Victoria Beckham that was first seen at Wimbledon in 2016

Victoria Beckham

The Duchess wore her sapphire and diamond pendant and earrings, along with her Wimbledon members’ pin. 

We also saw the return of the Bulgari 8170 sunglasses (out of stock). 

There was some discussion on the WKW Facebook page about Prince George wearing a suit and tie.  Wimbledon’s Royal Box dress code page notes, “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.” The Duchess wore a hat for the Gentlemen’s Doubles match yesterday; I read in several places the dress code was relaxed this weekend because of the heat.   

One more image from today, as the Cambridges head home after the match.


This video from Wimbledon shows the final point being played. 

Wimbledon posted the full 2-minute+ video of the Cambridges with Novak Djokovic. 

The Royal Family Channel offers 3+ minutes from today’s engagement. 


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Monday 18th of July 2022

I believe this dress does 80s (which I am not a fan of) very well. It also incorporates the PuffSleeveCraze well. I am all for Polkadots at Wimbeldon, honorific little tennis balls... idk what to think about the tiny TRex arms like straplettes on the shoes; i vacillate btwn love and hate for them.


Tuesday 19th of July 2022

@allie, I love your comments. You are honest without being mean. You acknowledge your own style preferences without acting like Kate should adhere to them. I find your comments very nice to read.


Saturday 16th of July 2022

The dress outfit is okay for me. I think what she cared about was the shoes--and they are fabulous. The dress was just to highlight and coordinate with the shoes, and maybe Prince William and George's outfits.


Monday 18th of July 2022

@Ritaka, I'm sure Catherine kept to a conservative navy-and-white combination to help her stand back while Prince George emerges into the spotlight.


Friday 15th of July 2022

ugh this is a fussy frilly polka dot nightmare. I am really perplexed as to why such a beautiful woman has such a strong penchant for bad 1986 church dresses. Other commenters have said that this is the least bad of the Alessandra Rich dresses and that is just about the best thing i can say about it

Vicki Boswell

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

UGH. WHY is Kate wearing these Big ‘80s dresses!? Too much of everything. Ruffles, shoulder pads, peplums, bows, rhinestones, jeweled buttons, shiny fabric, polka dots and on and on…


Saturday 16th of July 2022

@Suzanne, it is such a pretty dress!


Friday 15th of July 2022

@Vicki Boswell, i dont care for these styles either, maybe she likes throwback clothes?


Friday 15th of July 2022

@Vicki Boswell, Because the 80s fashions are making a comeback. As a child of the 80s, I applaud. Woot Woot! :)


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

This is a fun site, because I so enjoy seeing what The Duchess of Cambridge wears. Her style is impeccable, as far as I'm concerned. I've never seen her not look amazing and beautiful, no matter what she is wearing. Obviously, some of her outfits I will enjoy more than others, because, just like anyone else, I have my own personal preferences. That said, I don't understand why so many commenters here are so extremely critical of Kate's style on such a regular basis, no less. However, there may be two things going on: we women are hyper critical of our looks and style, and of how other women look, as well. I think that is sad. I think the world is a better place when people can show kindness to themselves and to others, including to a famous person like Kate, who is also a member of Royalty. She must certainly have a lot of pressure on her, no matter how nice her life looks from the outside. Who knows if she reads the comments here or not? I would think not, but if she ever did, I don't want to be the one to ever write anything that comes across as insulting. The other thing is that, being on the internet, it gives us all some cover. People can say whatever they want to say about her clothes and how she looks in them, things they would Never say to Kate's face, if they were ever so lucky enough to meet her. That is something to think about, as well as the fact that there's often a very fine line between honesty and harshness. A woman in the public eye like Kate is being constantly scrutinized must be so draining and even awfully invasive. Just because she fell in love with Prince William and married him doesn't mean she owes us anything in terms of what she wears and how she looks.


Sunday 7th of August 2022


Agree with your comments 100%


Thursday 14th of July 2022

@LauraT, like I said, I also have my own preferences, my own take, on Kate's style. I don't take that, or the name of this site, as my excuse to rip into her for her style choices or to take it all so personally. Imagine if a bunch of men got upset because Prince William wore too many striped ties in a row? We'd think they were nuts and to get a life. Men like style and clothes but they also have a sense of balance about it and don't feel the need to tear someone apart just because of style differences. That is what I see here so often. It brings the site down, imo.


Thursday 14th of July 2022

@Zell, this group is What Kate Wore. That leads me to expect more critique - positive and negative - over clothing choices than elsewhere.

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