Kate Middleton is a huge tennis fan. The Duchess of Cambridge is the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), but even before she took over the patronage from Queen Elizabeth in 2016, she was a regular at the famous summer tennis tournament. Plus, she’s not just a fan of watching tennis—Kate has been known to pick up a racket herself.
The Duchess can be counted on to make an appearance every year at Wimbledon. Since marrying Prince William in 2011, she’s only missed Wimbledon twice: in 2013, when she was pregnant with Prince George and in 2020, when the tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She often appears with Prince William, but she’s also appeared with her father, Michael Middleton, sister Pippa, and her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle. In fact, the first-ever joint appearance the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex made together was at Wimbledon.
Here, scroll through Kate Middleton’s best Wimbledon moments—and see her Wimbledon style throughout the years.
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Kate’s third and final appearance at Wimbledon 2021 was for the men’s singles championship. The Duchess of Cambridge dressed up in a pastel pink, belted Beulah London dress, and wore a matching pink floral mask.
She was joined by her dad, Michael Middleton, for the day of tennis. Father and daughter both rocked their sunglasses.
In 2021, the Duke of Kent stepped down from his role as President of the AELTC, a position he has held for more than 50 years. The Queen’s cousin presented the trophies for the final time. Kate will likely take over the trophy presentations in the following years.
Kate was joined in the royal box by Prince William and women’s tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. (Billie Jean King often sits in the royal box when she attends Wimbledon.)
Kate presented the winner’s trophy to Australian Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Karolina Pliskova.
After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wimbledon made its grand return in 2021. The Duchess of Cambridge showed up early in the tournament—day five—for a working visit. She wore a mask throughout the grounds for COVID safety.
She joined chef Adam Fargin in the kitchens at the All England Tennis Club to help prepare strawberries for Wimbledon’s famous strawberry desserts.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the men’s singles finals, wearing a light blue Emilia Wickstead dress. Here, she meets with the umpires on Center Court.
She presented the 2019 men’s singles trophy to Novak Djokovic, who defeated Roger Federer after nearly five hours—the longest Wimbledon men’s final in history.
This was the Duchess of Cambridge’s first time presenting the trophy.
Kate chose to re-wear a rich green Dolce and Gabbana dress from a 2016 visit to Canada.
Ahead of the women’s final, Kate also attended a lunch and met junior players (left to right) Kamilla Bartone, Oksana Selekmeteva, Polina Kudermetova, and Giulia Morlet.
Kate made an early appearance at Wimbledon in 2019, attending the second day of the tournament. Here, she is pictured with two British tennis players: Katie Boulter (left) and Anne Keothavong (right).
Kate wore a white Suzannah dress for her day at the All England Tennis Club, which channeled the tennis whites the players wear to compete.
She carried the Wimbledon program into the royal box, where she stopped to chat with a serviceman.
The Cambridges attended the men’s singles finals on the last day of Wimbledon, as is becoming tradition for them.
Kate wore a bright yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress, which she added her AELTC ribbon to. The yellow not only coordinated with tennis balls—it helped her stand out in the crowds.
To attend the men’s singles championship, Kate opted for a short-sleeved white dress by Catherine Walker with florals at the bottom. It was her first year of her wearing the purple-and-green ribbon worn by members of the AELTC—Kate became a patron, and therefore a member, in 2016.
Once again, the Cambridges got super into the match.
Kate at Wimbledon in polka dots: It just makes sense at this point. She wore a black and white polka dot Dolce & Gabbana dress to attend the first day of the 2017 Championships.
It was her first official Wimbledon visit as royal patron, and Kate seemed over the moon.
As part of her new job as patron of the All England Tennis Club, her visits to Wimbledon are now just more than watching tennis. Here, Kate met with servicemen and women.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were once again in attendance for the men’s singles championship. Kate wore a printed Alexander McQueen dress.
Kate wore a bright yellow Roksanda dress—coordinating with the tennis balls!—to attend the women’s semifinals on day 10 of the 2016 Championships.
Before the match, she met with ball girls and ball boys.
She also met Serena and Venus’s mom, Oracene Price, and seemed overjoyed to be speaking with the mother of the two American tennis legends.
The Cambridges attended day nine of the championships in 2015—taking in the men’s quarterfinals. This was the last year Kate would only attend Wimbledon once.
She wore a bright red LK Bennett dress, and carried a leopard-print clutch. How fun!
Kate and William attended the men’s singles finals in 2014, with Kate overjoyed to be back in the royal box after a year off from Wimbledon due to her pregnancy.
Kate wore a repeat from her 2012 royal tour: a Jonathan Saunders green-and-blue geometric dress.
On her first Wimbledon appearance in 2014, Kate chose a white lace Zimmerman dress she first wore in Australia.
In 2012, Kate and her sister Pippa attended the men’s singles championship, watching Roger Federer defeat Andy Murray.
Earlier in the week, Kate attended in a knit sailor Alexander McQueen dress.
She was joined by Prince William to watch a men’s quarterfinal match from the royal box.
For Kate’s first Wimbledon as a member of the royal family, she picked a very tennis-inspired white dress by Temperley London.
This was her first time sitting in the royal box, and she got very into it—encouraging her new husband to do the wave with her.
Kate wore a casual white sundress with a black sweater to take on the tennis in 2008.
She was joined by a few friends, including her close friend Sophie Carter (standing next to her). Years later, Kate would name Sophie Princess Charlotte’s godmother.
Kate Middleton’s first-ever public Wimbledon appearance: She was snapped in the stands watching a third-round match between Robin Soderling of Sweden and Rafael Nadal of Spain. While her outfit is not super clear, she seems to be wearing a red sundress.
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