Wimbledon is in full swing – and despite the dreary weather (thank you, British summertime), we’ve seen a host of famous faces make their way to the courts to catch a few matches. The latest to join the crowds is the Princess of Wales, who made her 2023 Wimbledon debut on Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know about Kate Middleton’s appearance.
The Princess Of Wales Channels Tenniscore At Wimbledon
Kate Middleton made her first appearance at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships yesterday, as she watched British No. 1 Katie Boulter play against Australia’s Daria Saville on Court 18 (which was unfortunately interrupted by the rain). She later made her way to the royal box, where she was joined by close friend and tennis legend Roger Federer, who received a standing ovation from spectators (as well as the princess herself) on his arrival.
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What Did Kate Middleton Wear To Wimbledon?
During her first appearance at the championships this year, Kate Middleton wore a double-breasted mint green Balmain blazer with a white lapel and buttons; this is the first time she has been spotted in the French brand. She paired this with a long white pleated skirt – a tenniscore nod to the traditional women’s tennis skirt – and a pair of white Gianvito Rossi pumps. Her outfit was finished off with a white leather Mulberry bag and jewellery from Shyla London and Sezane.
On her blazer, Kate wore her go-to Wimbledon accessory: a green and purple bow symbolising her royal patronage of the Wimbledon Championships. The bow itself was gifted to her by the late Queen. The princess took over the role as patron to the All England Croquet Club in 2016; the patron bow is worn by members of the Committee of Management (the Main Board of the AELTC and representatives of the LTA) during the championship, in recognition of their role and responsibilities.
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The princess’s decision to wear green to the tournament is also thought to be a subtle reference to the official Wimbledon colours, green and purple. Fun fact – the current colours were introduced in 1909 following the discovery that the previous Club colours of blue, yellow, red and green were almost identical to those of the Royal Marines.
This comes not long after Kate wore full tennis gear during an afternoon of training with Roger Federer back in June. The princess was spotted at the All England Club playing a doubles rally with the tennis legend, before taking part in training sessions with all 250 of this year’s contingent of Ball Boys and Ball Girls. Embodying the spirit of the occasion, Kate – an avid tennis player herself – opted for a Wimbledon branded white vest and Stella McCartney x Adidas tennis skirt on the court.
Can You Shop Kate’s Wimbledon Look?
Unfortunately, Kate’s green blazer is now sold out in stores and online. The Balmain jacket was released in 2021, and is no longer available to purchase directly from the brand.
However, you can still find the pair of Shyla knot earrings worn by the princess on the jeweller’s website, priced at £72, as well as the Gianvito Rossi 105 white pumps for £650 and a similar version of her bag, Mulberry’s Amberley Crossbody, for £795.
Featured image: HRH The Princess of Wales playing tennis on No.3 Court. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon (c) AELTC, Thomas Lovelock