The Middletons like their tennis. Case in point: Kate made a trip to London with her brother James to pick up her racquet after her break up with William became public. This was in the spring of 2007 and she was staying at her parent’s home in Bucklberry, which is one hour away from the Middleton’s London flat.
There’s her brother James at the wheel of the car and Kate putting on a brave face:
Kate has been a frequent visitor to Wimbledon over the years, and in recent years the rest of the family has also been photographed while attending.
In June of 2006, Kate attended the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s pre-Wimbledon party:
The blondie there that Kate is eyeing is is Maria Sharapova:
And here she is dancing with William and Harry’s friend Guy Pelly:
The party was hosted by Rirchard Branson and was held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington:
Kate also spent a day at Wimbledon in 2007:
Here she is in 2008:
Kate wore her white Issa “Lucky dress” which seems to have been a favourite for a spell (click here for our post on that):
She wrote a thank you letter to the All England , and it is now on display in the Wimbledon Museum. In it, she reveals that she had visited Wimbledon with a girlfriend. Anyone recognize the girl with the pink pashmina in the picture above?
The letter reads:
Thank you for your kind hospitality at Wimbledon last week. My friend and I had such a fantastic time and it was great to be able to enjoy the day knowing that we could have a little peace and quite if things got a little 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 wasn’t expecting to see any of the Centre Court games. I do hope the end of the tournament runs smoothly and this fantastic weather lasts ’till the end of the week.
Thank you again for making it such a fun and easy visit.
In 2010, we just have these shots of Kate arriving in a lovely green sundress:
I hope she brings this one out again:
She also visited with William in 2011, their first time together. They were seated in the front row of the Royal Box this time, natch:
The rest of the Middleton family also enjoy visits to Wimbledon.
In 2011, Pippa, Carole, Michael and Pippa’s then boyfriend Alex Loudon all joined in the fun:
Pippa showed up on another day in 2011, as well:
This year, Carole sat in the general stands
Looks like she wore her post wedding outfit, eh? Here she is leaving The Goring with Michael, Pippa, and James the morning after Kate and William’s wedding:
The day after Carole’s visit, Pippa and James showed up and sat in the Royal Box:
And on July 3, 2012, Carole and Michael Middleton had their turn in the Royal Box:
No sign of Kate and William yet. We still have a few more days to go, so fingers crossed.
Updated: Kate and William made it to Wimbledon on Wednesday, the day before the Order the Thistle Ceremony in Scotland. As has been widely reported, Kate wore the Alexander McQueen knit dress she first wore publicly on Prince Edward Island last summer – one year ago to the day, to be precise.
Here they are at Wimbledon:
and on Prince Edward Island last year:
Love it. I wonder if Kate bought this dress with Wimbledon in mind. I wouldn’t be surprised!
It has just been announced that Kate will be making a second visit to Wimbledon. She will be there on Sunday, July 8th to cheer on Scottish Andy Murray in his match against Roger Federer. It’ll be a nail biter!
Kate and Pippa were front and centre for the Men’s Final Match yesterday, where Roger Federer beat out Andy Murray for the title. Kate once again wore white – and all repeats. Her white Joseph coat first came out for the Epsom Derby last summer, and her Joseph dress first came out during her tour of Canada.
She also carried the leopard print Diane Von Furstenberg clutch that first came out on her first night in Los Angeles. LOVE that Kate accessorized with two long necklaces. Hope she starts to do that more often.
Interestingly, the delightful blog What Kate Wore
has figured out that the gold necklace is actually an acorn and comes from designer Kristin Magnusen
As we know, the Middleton’s new family crest includes acorns so I’m thinking this piece might have been chosen as a nod to the crest. Thoughts?
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