Kate Middleton is a regular at Wimbledon, which starts tomorrow, and is known to be a keen tennis fan – but on a visit to the All England Club last year, she had to make a speedy dash home
It’s that time of year when tennis fans, including the Duchess of Cambridge, become very excited.
Wimbledon fortnight starts tomorrow with all of the top tennis stars from around the world descending on southwest London in a bid to win the prestigious tournament.
Kate is a regular visitor to the All England Club, where she is also patron and is often spotted enjoying the action from Centre Court’s royal box.
However, last year a visit to Wimbledon was dramatically cut short after she received an unexpected alert.
As she took her seat in the royal box to watch British player Dan Evans, she found out that she had been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
And the rules at the time meant anybody who had been in close contact with a case had to go into self-isolation.
This meant she had to leave the tennis and immediately return home to Kensington Palace to carry out her quarantine period.
At this point, Kate had received her coronavirus vaccine and it is believed she tested negative for the virus.
Love the royals? Sign up for the Mirror’s daily newsletter to get all the latest news on the Queen, Charles, Kate, Wills, Meghan, Harry and the rest of The Firm. Click here to sign up.
However, it did mean she had to miss some engagements that week but was out of isolation to return to Wimbledon for the ladies’ final, which saw Ashleigh Barty take the title.
She was also back at the club a day later for the men’s final, won by Novak Djokovic, before she paid a trip to Wembley for England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.
This week has been a busy one for Kate as she has celebrated husband Prince William’s 40th birthday, unveiled a national memorial to the Windrush generation and carried out engagements in Cambridgeshire.
One was to the Fitzwilliam Museum to unveil a newly-commissioned dazzling royal portrait – the first of themselves together as a couple.
In the stunning artwork, William is depicted in a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie while Kate wears the emerald green Vampire’s Wife gown she wore while on a visit to Ireland in 2020.
She also wears the Queen’s Cambridge Pearl Pendant brooch as well as Princess Diana’s pearl bracelet and Collingwood pearl earrings.
The pair also have their arms around each other with the painting showing them gazing off into the distance.