Today we hoped to bring you a post about the Duke and Duchess marking the National Health Service’s 73rd anniversary at St. Paul’s.
Unfortunately, Prince William attended the service alone, along with a Buckingham Palace tea party for NHS workers, because the Duchess is isolating after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.
More from The Telegraph’s story:
The Duchess, 39, was alerted on Friday afternoon and began isolating immediately. She was at Wimbledon on Friday, although she left earlier than usual after watching one set of Dan Evans’s match on Centre Court.
She took lateral flow tests before her engagements at Euro 2020 last Wednesday and at Wimbledon and both were negative, royal aides said. She also followed the rules about when to wear a mask throughout Wimbledon.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Last week the Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.”
Below, the Duchess at Wimbledon on Friday.
The Telegraph piece notes, “The Duchess has had both vaccinations and is understood to test twice weekly with lateral flow tests as part of the Royal Household testing regime.” For those curious about Prince William attending events today, the NHS guidelines stipulate that “any people you live with and any people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms.”
Because of the timing of things, I think it’s unlikely we’ll see the Duchess at Wimbledon matches or presenting trophies as she did two years ago.
I will update the post with any news and also share new information on Facebook. Most importantly, the Duchess isn’t experiencing any symptoms.
Because we won’t be having tennis coverage, I thought I would reprise a piece on Kate’s Wimbledon outfits over the years. We begin in 2011 with Kate and William’s first appearance at Wimbledon when they watched a match between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet. The Duchess wore the Moraiah dress by Temperley London, with a fitted, structured bodice, hand-embroidered straps with rows of half-circles, and a tiered skirt with three layers of ‘floaty ruffles.’