Camilla greets Richard Branson as Duchess arrives at Wimbledon WITHOUT Prince Charles
CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall, smiled warmly as she greeted Richard Branson at Wimbledon as she attended the tournament without Prince Charles on men’s quarter-final day, with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Carole Middleton also joining her in the Royal Box.
The Duchess of Cornwall was spotted shaking hands with Richard Branson and appeared to touch his beard in the Royal Box with the Virgin billionaire beaming broadly as he greeted Camilla.
Camilla was escorted by Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, as she arrived at the Wimbledon Championships to meet officials, ball boys and girls and military personnel working at the tennis tournament.
Wearing a polka dot cream dress, the Duchess carried a small handbag and accessorised with nude heels.
The Duchess of Cornwall will take a seat in the Royal Box today alongside her sister-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who was also pictured arriving at the championships today.
Prince Charles and Prince Edward were noticably absent as the royals arrived.
Camilla was joined by a host of famous faces in the Royal Box on Centre Court, where three-time champion Novak Djokovic and world number one Rafael Nadal are both due to play.
TheThe Duchess of Cornwall was spotted shaking hands with Richard Branson and appeared to touch his beard
Camilla spoke to players and staff before taking a seat in the Royal Box where other guests included US ambassador Woody Johnson on the eve of Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.
Before play started on Centre Court, Camilla met Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid who triumphed in the wheelchair men’s doubles at Wimbledon last year.
Hewett described meeting her as an “honour”, saying they had discussed their championships getting under way on Thursday.
While Hewett was keen to say he would be cheering on England in their World Cup semi-final, Scotsman Reid would only say that he would be watching the match, not being drawn into whether he would be supporting the home side.
Wearing a beige and white polka dot dress by Fiona Clarke, the duchess also spoke to head groundsman Grant Cantin.
He said: “It was an honour just to be invited to meet her.
“She asked about the tennis courts and the heat. It was a proud moment for her to recognise the hard work that goes into keeping them in great shape.”
Major Alan McTaggart, the officer in charge of the 353 service personnel at Wimbledon this year, said Camilla asked him about how the staff were holding up in their uniforms considering the heat.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother Carole Middleton also made an appearance at the championship today.
A keen tennis fan, Mrs Middleton was accompanied by her husband Michael.
She wore a printed shirt dress and smiled at photographers as she arrived.
Kate’s mum was last seen in public at Prince Louis’ christening on Monday which was attended by Camilla, Prince Charles and senior members of the Royal Family alongside Prince Louis’ godparents.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK