Just days before embarking on their busy North American tour,Prince William and Duchess Catherine relaxed a little on Monday with a visit to Wimbledon.
The couple were greeted with an enthusiastic ovation as they took their seats in the front row of the Royal Box at Centre Court, with William smiling broadly – and blushing a little – at the adulation.
Kate, fittingly wore a white Temperley London dress to the most traditional of tennis contests (where players are still required to wear predominantly white clothing.) The cooling choice was a good one, as temperatures shot up into the high 80s.
The couple are in London as they continue with their briefings ahead of their tour, which kicks off in Ottawa on Thursday, insiders at the palace say.
A spokesman at St. James’s Palace said the couple were at Wimbledon “privately.” It is well known that Kate, 29, loves tennis and plays regularly. She has visited Wimbledon a number of times.
William, also 29 and a keen player, used to visit Centre Court with his mother, Princess Diana, when he was a boy.
BY SIMON PERRY