For the opening day of Wimbledon, the official account of the tournament shared a touching video on Twitter, with Kate doing the voiceover work. The Duchess of Cambridge is a huge tennis fan, with her attendance at the tournament becoming something of a regular since she became a royal.
So it’s no surprise that she lent her voice for the special short film, delivering the lines with an unmatched emotion.
The Duchess says: “350 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes between the last ball hit and when the next was meant to be. Over the years your support has shaped this historic event. No matter the time of day or the names on the scoreboard, you have always been there, come rain or shine.
“This year sadly though things are very different, but we will bide our time until we sit on the edge of our seats again and celebrate again. So, when the time is right and we open the gates, we will be back again and it will have been worth the wait.”
The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of the AELTC back in 2016, taking over the role from the Queen, who held it for 64 years. The royal has often been seen at the Championship in the last couple of years since becoming a royal, with her even writing an letter to the officials in 2008, thanking them for a “wonderfully relaxed day.”
The Duchess was also there to cheer on Andy Murray for the men’s finals in 2013 and 2016. Last year she surprised fans when she made an appearance on court 14, as she watched British player Harriet Dart take on American Christina McHale.
Kate brought her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, with her for a day out at Wimbledon in 2018. And again last year, when they were joined by Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton. On both occasions, they watched Meghan’s best friend Serena Williams from the Royal Box on Centre Court.