Kate serves up style season after season at the tennis
Which is the ultimate Kate Middleton Wimbledon dress? We look back at the Duchess of Cambridge’s Wimbledon style over the years…
Over the last decade, the Duchess of Cambridge has debuted many different looks at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
An avid fan of the sport, Kate Middleton was spied in the stands long before she was engaged to Prince William or became the Duchess of Cambridge. In days long before she was invited to sit in the Royal box on Centre Court, Kate would turn up for a day at the tennis with friends or with her sister Pippa.
“I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up,” Kate revealed to Sue Barker recently.
“Being able to go into Wimbledon and be part of an amazing atmosphere is special,” she said.
Mixing smart casual tailoring with pretty summer dresses, the Duchess nails on-trend dressing at the tennis year after year.
But, which is the ultimate Kate Middleton Wimbledon dress? You decide…
Taking up her duties as royal patron of Wimbledon once more, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the first day of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon in 2017.
This year, Kate opted for a spotted Dolce & Gabbanna dress which she paired with a large tote and on-trend black summer sandals.
Kate also raised eyebrows with a new ‘do, showing off a considerably shorter style that she has worn in recent years.
The Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince William was lucky enough to watch Andy Murray play his way into history when he won the Men’s Singles Final in 2016. Watching the tense match from the royal box, Kate wore an elegant, and very regal, jewel print dress by her go-to designer – Alexander McQueen.
After taking over the royal patronage of Wimbledon from the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge began attending Wimbledon on her own, to be given a tour of the grounds and to meet those who help make the summer event such a success. In 2016, wearing an eye-catching yellow Roksanda Ilincic midi dress, the Duchess of Cambridge was snapped meeting ball boys and girls, before settling down to watch a day of tennis.
After her official visit to Wimbledon in 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge also decided to attend a second day of the Wimbledon Championships. Taking along her sister Pippa, the Duchess wore a white two piece suit jacket and skirt by Joseph and accessorized with a leopard print clutch.
Kate Middleton and her friend Sophie Carter went to watch Wimbledon together in 2008. Kate chose a white dress with small polka dot print by Issa for the event, the first year that she was invited into the VIP section of the tennis club by invitation of the chairman.
After the occasion, Kate wrote to the All England Club to thank them for their hospitality. In a letter, displayed by Wimbledon since, Kate wrote:
“My friend and I had such a fantastic time and it was great to be able to enjoy the day knowing we could have a little peace and quite (sic) if things got too hectic. It was a wonderfully relaxed day and we even spent part of it on the Henman/Murray Hill which was great fun. I really was not expecting to be looked after with such hospitality and I certainly was not expecting to see any of the Centre Court games.”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful seats. It was so special to see the end of Murray’s game and Nadal’s easy walk into the quarter finals. Thank you again for making it such a fun and enjoyable/easy visit.”
The note is dated July 12, 2008 is signed “Best wishes, Catherine Middleton”