Kate Middleton was handed the patronage by the Queen – after Her Majesty enjoyed 64 years in the role – as she sought to reduce her workload following her 90th birthday

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Kate’s joy for Andy: Animated Duchess of Cambridge cheers Murray on to victory as he overcomes injury to win his first round match in straight sets – after rain stopped play TWICE on Centre Court
Kate is attending for first time as patron of All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Will speak to The Championships ball boys and balls girls before watching Andy Murray
Admitted she was banned from his 2013 final due to her pregnancy
Scot takes on Russian Alexander Bublik, 20, at lunchtime

The Duchess chats to Kim Clijsters, a former world number one in both singles and doubles
The Duchess chats to Kim Clijsters, a former world number one in both singles and doubles

She’s an avid tennis fan who has landed the coveted role of patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and the plum job of handing out the trophies to this year’s champions.

And despite Andy Murray’s first round match being interrupted twice after the heaven’s opened, Kate refused to let the wet weather put a dampener on things as she put on a passionate display of support for the Scot.

The Duchess of Cambridge was paying her first visit to Wimbledon as royal patron, after taking on the role from the Queen, and had a front row seat in the Royal Box to see Andy, 30, take on Russian Alexander Bublik, 20, who represents Kazakhstan.

Despite fears hip problems could curtail the world number one’s campaign to defend his title the three-time Grand Slam winner saw off Russian Alexander Bublik, 20, who plays for Kazakstan

The keen tennis fan will be cheering on Andy Murray as he takes on Russia's Alexander Bublik at 1PM
The keen tennis fan will be cheering on Andy Murray as he takes on Russia’s Alexander Bublik at 1PM
Tennis enthusiast Kate was no doubt thrilled to meet Martina who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career
Tennis enthusiast Kate was no doubt thrilled to meet Martina who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career
The Duchess is spending time meeting people who carry out essential behind-the-scenes work at Wimbledon, before watching Andy Murray on Centre Court
The Duchess is spending time meeting people who carry out essential behind-the-scenes work at Wimbledon, before watching Andy Murray on Centre Court
Smiling Kate is introduced to servicemen and women on day one of the Wimbledon Championships
Smiling Kate is introduced to servicemen and women on day one of the Wimbledon Championships

But rain lead to a pause in proceedings as the ground staff quickly moved the covers across. It appeared the wet weather had stopped minutes later, only for the rain to begin again moments after the match had restarted, causing another delay.

But it certainly the hold ups certainly didn’t diminish Kate’s excitement as she clapped and cheered and even appeared to pump the air with her fist at one point as she avidly followed the action on court.

Earlier this morning, she ended up in fits of giggles as she was introduced to hunky Austrian player Dominic Thiem, 23.
And it may well have crossed the mind of the world number eight that the Duchess bears more than a striking resemblance to his girlfriend Romana Exenberger, a former beauty queen with the same flowing brunette locks and porcelain skin.
The pair met at a sports awards in 2015 and Romana, also from Austria, combines her career as a PA with blogging about travel.

Kate asked Dominic and world number 10 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland them how their practice sessions were going and whether they were nervous about their upcoming games.
When she found out both players’ first matches were on Tuesday, she said: ‘That’s why you’re so relaxed!’
When asked if she played tennis, the royal replied: ‘Yes, but not to any standard!’

 

The Duchess ensured she stood out from the crowd today in a polka dot dress by D&G, and ditched her customary nude court shoes in favour of on-trend black sandals.
Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote by Victoria Beckham instead.
Prior to the start of play, Kate met some of The Championships’ ball boys and ball girls, to hear more about their experiences of the tournament, and was introduced to tennis legend Martina Navratilova as well as former world number one player Kim Clijsters.
And she told two ball girls and a boy that their work ‘makes the game happen’.

Smiling Kate is introduced to servicemen and women on day one of the Wimbledon Championships
Smiling Kate is introduced to servicemen and women on day one of the Wimbledon Championships
The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court
The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court
 The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court
The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with ex tennis players Kim Clijsters (second from right) and Martina Navratilova
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with ex tennis players Kim Clijsters (second from right) and Martina Navratilova
Kate at Wimbledon in 2016, wearing the nude court shoes that have become synonymous with her wardrobe
Kate at Wimbledon in 2016, wearing the nude court shoes that have become synonymous with her wardrobe

‘It makes such a difference to the players, your professionalism,’ she said. ‘You look so smart.’
She also chatted to staff who play a pivotal role each year, including the tournament’s stewards and its medical and safety teams.
This is the Duchess’ first visit to The Championships as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which hosts the Wimbledon championships.

She was handed the patronage by the Queen – after Her Majesty enjoyed 64 years in the role – as she sought to reduce her workload following her 90th birthday.
Her role means she’s been handed the plum job of presenting the trophies to the champions, taking over from the Queen’s cousin The Duke of Kent who has performed the role for 40 years.

After her meet-and-greet session, Kate took her seat in the royal box to watch Andy Murray take on Alexander Bublik of Russia, 20, ranked 134, who earned his place in the tournament after another player pulled out through injury.

Fans without Centre or Number One court tickets still have a chance to see British players in action, with Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson, Aljaz Bedene, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all set to play.
They will be joined on day one by the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Venus Williams, who has been in the headlines after she was involved in a car crash last month which led to the death of a 78-year-old man.
The bookies’ favourite, Roger Federer, will play his first match on Tuesday.
Betting firm Coral have Federer winning Wimbledon at 2-1, with Murray lagging behind at 6-1.

They are also offering odds of 500-1 that Murray’s second baby will one day lift the trophy.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said he believed early showers forecast on Monday would not affect play on day one.
He said: ‘We start off in London fairly grey and there could be some spits and spots of rain first thing.
‘But I think by the time play gets under way that should be gone.’
He said there was a ‘low risk’ of play being interrupted, with warm temperatures of up to 24C (75F) expected.
Recently, the avid tennis fan revealed she begged her doctor to let her attend Wimbledon to watch Murray in the final when she was pregnant back in 2013 – but he told her ‘definitely not’.

Today she opted for more fashion-forward strappy sandals to complement her polka dots
Today she opted for more fashion-forward strappy sandals to complement her polka dots
Kate was introduced to tennis legend Martina Navratilova ahead of Andy Murray's match on Centre Court
Kate was introduced to tennis legend Martina Navratilova ahead of Andy Murray’s match on Centre Court
The mother-of-two has taken on patronage of the All England Club after it was handed to her by Her Majesty the Queen
The mother-of-two has taken on patronage of the All England Club after it was handed to her by Her Majesty the Queen
Kate takes in the action with Gill Brook, wife of the All England Club chairman Philip
Kate takes in the action with Gill Brook, wife of the All England Club chairman Philip

The Duchess, who gave birth to Prince George on July 22 – just two weeks’ after Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic, also revealed that she wrote to the Wimbledon champion to apologise for her absence.
‘I was very heavily pregnant. I wrote to him [Murray] afterwards saying sorry for not being there.’
Kate who was eight months pregnant with Prince George at the time, shared the story with presenter Sue Barker in a candid BBC documentary about tennis.
The royal who famously had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home told Sue that the sport has been an integral part of her life since childhood.
‘I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up,’ she said.
‘Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too.’

Actor Dominic Cooper, star of Mamma Mia and Captain America, sat behind the Duchess in the Royal Box, while Gill Brook
Actor Dominic Cooper, star of Mamma Mia and Captain America, sat behind the Duchess in the Royal Box, while Gill Brook
As the afternoon sun made an appearance, Kate shielded her eyes from the glare with a pair of dark glasses
As the afternoon sun made an appearance, Kate shielded her eyes from the glare with a pair of dark glasses
 As the afternoon sun made an appearance, Kate shielded her eyes from the glare with a pair of dark glasses
As the afternoon sun made an appearance, Kate shielded her eyes from the glare with a pair of dark glasses
The Duchess was in prime position between Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and his wife Gill
The Duchess was in prime position between Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and his wife Gill
The Duchess takes her seat in prime position in the royal box on Centre Court ahead of Andy Murray's first round bout
The Duchess takes her seat in prime position in the royal box on Centre Court ahead of Andy Murray’s first round bout
No hard feelings! The Duchess exchanged warm greetings with the Queen's cousin the Duke of Kent
No hard feelings! The Duchess exchanged warm greetings with the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent
This year she will take over from the Duke at presenting the players' trophies at the end of the tournament
This year she will take over from the Duke at presenting the players’ trophies at the end of the tournament

Federer was one of the more surprising guests at Pippa Middleton’s wedding this summer.

The Duchess, who gave birth to Prince George on July 22 – just two weeks’ after Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic, also revealed that she wrote to the Wimbledon champion to apologise for her absence.

‘I was very heavily pregnant. I wrote to him [Murray] afterwards saying sorry for not being there.’

Ball boys chat to Kate about their role ahead of a very busy two weeks on court at Wimbledon
Ball boys chat to Kate about their role ahead of a very busy two weeks on court at Wimbledon
The Duchess looks animated as she chats to ball boys and girls and learns more about their role in thThe Duchess looks animated as she chats to ball boys and girls and learns more about their role in the tournamente tournament
The Duchess looks animated as she chats to ball boys and girls and learns more about their role in the tournament
Kate looked completely at home in her new role as patron of the All England Club, having taken over from the Queen
Kate looked completely at home in her new role as patron of the All England Club, having taken over from the Queen
An animated Kate chats to Philip Brook and the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Kent in the Royal Box
An animated Kate chats to Philip Brook and the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent in the Royal Box
Kate adjusts her newly trimmed hairdo as she takes her seat in the Royal Box to watch Andy Murray's first match of the tournament
Kate adjusts her newly trimmed hairdo as she takes her seat in the Royal Box to watch Andy Murray’s first match of the tournament
 Kate adjusts her newly trimmed hairdo as she takes her seat in the Royal Box to watch Andy Murray's first match of the tournament
Kate adjusts her newly trimmed hairdo as she takes her seat in the Royal Box to watch Andy Murray’s first match of the tournament

Kate who was eight months pregnant with Prince George at the time, shared the story with presenter Sue Barker in a candid BBC documentary about tennis.

The royal who famously had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home told Sue that the sport has been an integral part of her life since childhood.

Kate eschewed her customary nude court shoes in favour of trendy black ankle strap sandals (left). Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote instead
Kate eschewed her customary nude court shoes in favour of trendy black ankle strap sandals (left). Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote instead
 Kate eschewed her customary nude court shoes in favour of trendy black ankle strap sandals (left). Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote instead
Kate eschewed her customary nude court shoes in favour of trendy black ankle strap sandals (left). Her usual clutch bag was also left at home with the royal opting for a white tote instead
The Duchess of Cambridge, an avid tennis fan, was in great spirits as she chatted to service personnel at Wimbledon this morning head of Andy Murray's match
The Duchess of Cambridge, an avid tennis fan, was in great spirits as she chatted to service personnel at Wimbledon this morning head of Andy Murray’s match
Battle of the brunettes! With her porcelain skin and flowing brunette locks, travel blogger Romana could easily pass for the Duchess' younger sister
Battle of the brunettes! With her porcelain skin and flowing brunette locks, travel blogger Romana could easily pass for the Duchess’ younger sister
 Battle of the brunettes! With her porcelain skin and flowing brunette locks, travel blogger Romana could easily pass for the Duchess' younger sister
Battle of the brunettes! With her porcelain skin and flowing brunette locks, travel blogger Romana could easily pass for the Duchess’ younger sister
Kate was certainly in her element as she chatted to Austrian player Dominic Thiem, who is dating former beauty queen Romana Exenberger
Kate was certainly in her element as she chatted to Austrian player Dominic Thiem, who is dating former beauty queen Romana Exenberger
The Duchess experienced a fit of the giggles as she and Philip Brook (left) chatted to world number eight Dominic Thiem
The Duchess experienced a fit of the giggles as she and Philip Brook (left) chatted to world number eight Dominic Thiem
Royal duties are often a sombre affair but sporty Kate looked in her element today as she enjoyed the first day of the Wimbledon Championship
Royal duties are often a sombre affair but sporty Kate looked in her element today as she enjoyed the first day of the Wimbledon Championship

‘I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up,’ she said.

‘Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too.’

Federer was one of the more surprising guests at Pippa Middleton’s wedding this summer.

Royal duties are often a sombre affair but sporty Kate looked in her element today as she enjoyed the first day of the Wimbledon Championship
Royal duties are often a sombre affair but sporty Kate looked in her element today as she enjoyed the first day of the Wimbledon Championship
The keen tennis fan has revealed that she was ordered to stay away from Andy Murray's final match in 2013 on doctors orders as she was pregnant with Prince George
The keen tennis fan has revealed that she was ordered to stay away from Andy Murray’s final match in 2013 on doctors orders as she was pregnant with Prince George
Kim Murray was also experiencing an emotional rollercoaster as her husband battled on court following recent hip troubles
Kim Murray was also experiencing an emotional rollercoaster as her husband battled on court following recent hip troubles
He had an enthusiastic supporter in the form of the Duchess of Cambridge
He had an enthusiastic supporter in the form of the Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess is famed for her flowing brunette locks, but has switched things up with a shoulder-length 'lob'.
The Duchess is famed for her flowing brunette locks, but has switched things up with a shoulder-length ‘lob’.
She accessorised today with gold and pearl earrings by Oscar De La Renta
She accessorised today with gold and pearl earrings by Oscar De La Renta
Andy Murray is sheltered from the rain during a break in play against Alexander Bublik who represents Kazakhstan
Andy Murray is sheltered from the rain during a break in play against Alexander Bublik who represents Kazakhstan
The Duchess and Gill Brook show their appreciation for Andy Murray who battled back from niggling hip problems to win his first round match at Wimbledon
The Duchess and Gill Brook show their appreciation for Andy Murray who battled back from niggling hip problems to win his first round match at Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge applauds Andy Murray after he emerged victorious from his first round match
The Duchess of Cambridge applauds Andy Murray after he emerged victorious from his first round match
The Duchess was unable to hide her emotions as the Scot struggled against injury
The Duchess was unable to hide her emotions as the Scot struggled against injury
Kate claps as she cheers on defending champion Andy Murray
Kate claps as she cheers on defending champion Andy Murray
She recently spoke of her regret at missing his Wimbledon final in 2013
She recently spoke of her regret at missing his Wimbledon final in 2013
The Duchess arrived at the SW19 grounds this morning in a polka dot dress by Dolce & Gabbana, toting a white Victoria Beckham handbag
The Duchess arrived at the SW19 grounds this morning in a polka dot dress by Dolce & Gabbana, toting a white Victoria Beckham handbag
Andy Murray celebrates winning against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan
Andy Murray celebrates winning against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan
his wife Kim Sears, 30, was equally thrilled and relieved as she applaudedhis wife Kim Sears, 30, was equally thrilled and relieved as she applauded her husband her husband
his wife Kim Sears, 30, was equally thrilled and relieved as she applauded her husband

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

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