Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Royal Box at Wimbledon 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge chats to some ball boys and girls on her way to the Royal Box at Wimbledon 2016
(photo Wimbledon Twitter)

It's turning into an annual event. The Duchess of Cambridge, sans Duke as he was in Edinburgh for the Order of the Thistle ceremony, headed to Wimbledon for a spot of tennis. And while Kate certainly got the most attention so far this year for taking a seat on Centre Court, the comfy green armchairs there have already welcomed plenty of royal visitors in 2016. Here's who's been to the All England Club as the 2016 Championships continue.

Day Eleven saw the Duchess of Cambridge all but take over Wimbledon as she arrived to enjoy Ladies Semi Final Day. 

Kate met many of those working behind the scenes at the All England Club and spent a long time chatting to some of the ball boys and ball girls who work there during the two weeks the world's most famous tennis tournament takes place.

Then it was time to head to the Royal Box where she got the best seat on court to watch Serena Williams claim a place in the Ladies Final this Saturday.

As is customary with Kate's visit to Wimbledon we got plenty of tennis faces as well as a new addition to the appearance - the sight of the duchess keeping cool by sipping from a water bottle.

All while wearing the fabulous, fantastic and can never be worn too often bright yellow Roksanda Ilinicic dress first seen in Sydney in April 2014 and looking just as marvellous this time round.

Also at Wimbledon today was the Countess of Wessex who sat two seats down from the Duchess of Cambridge but that didn't stop them having a good old chat throughout the match.

Sophie gave Kate a match in the style stakes as well with another wear for the rather lovely peaches and cream creation seen at Ascot just a few weeks ago.

Sophie wisely left the huge hat at home. The dress code doesn't call for it and it would have blocked the whole semi final out for anyone within a hundred yards of her..

Earlier on in the tournament, the Duchess of Cornwall had enjoyed a spot of tennis or two when she headed to the Royal Box in week one.


And just like Kate, she had a chat with tennis super mum, Oracene Price, who this year has seen her two champions, Serena and Venus, make it to the Ladies semi finals.

Day four was really royal bumper box day with Camilla being joined by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark who settled down for an afternoon of tennis just weeks after enjoying Royal Ascot. 

There was no Mary this time round but Fred looked like he was having a great time and there's always next year for a double act from Denmark in the Royal Box.

And of course, Wimbledon wouldn't be Wimbledon without the Duke of Kent. The President of the All England Club has been in the Royal Box, as we would expect, to give his support to a competition that clearly means a lot to him. 

He'll be back at the weekend to present the famous trophies - there have been reports that job will eventually pass to the Duchess of Cambridge when the Queen passes on her patronage of the club. But until then, the Duke of Kent remains the bedrock of a royal box which has already had its fair share of visitors in 2016.

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