Kate stops by Wimbledon to cheer Roger Federer’s win

Here’s a quick post on Kate Middleton‘s second Wimbledon engagement of the year. She and Prince William attended the Men’s Final today, July 16, to watch Roger Federer win his 8th Wimbledon championship.

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There is not a ton of information or interesting photos, so this post is going to be pretty light. William and Kate, as Patron of Wimbledon, watched the Men’s Final match between Federer and Marin Čilić, which Federer won. After the game, the royal couple congratulated Federer on his win.

Below is a brief video of William and Kate giving Federer kisses and handshakes. Kate says in the video: “Congratulations. Very, very well played. [inaudible].”

As Patron, Kate got to nominate a charity to be involved in the Men’s Final coin toss. She picked Place2Be, of which she is Patron. Place2Be picked 11-year-old Luca Schmetzer to be involved, and he got a tour of the facility and got to help set up stuff before being involved in the coin toss.

William and Kate also watched the mixed doubles final, which Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis won.

Kate wore a Catherine Walker dress in white with a floral pattern on the full skirt. Kate also wore her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings, and a nude sandal with a block heel. Kate wore her Cartier watch and carried her Victoria Beckham Quincy bag. Kate also sported a purple and green bow pin which is worn by female members of the All England Club (male members get a tie).

Additionally, the Telegraph is reporting that William, Kate, and Prince Harry attended Camilla’s 70th birthday party at Highgrove yesterday, July 15.

The Cambridges’ tour starts tomorrow which will be exhausting. I will hopefully have my post about Victoria’s 40th up soon.

77 Comments on Kate stops by Wimbledon to cheer Roger Federer’s win

  1. M from Germany
    July 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm (4 months ago)

    She looks so so so good. I would buy this dress in a heartbeat for myself if catherine walker was not rather expensive. This dress kind of reminded me of Kate’s style pre-marriage/the first year or 2 of her marriage which was my favourite style of hers.
    Also, her hair looks gorgeous! This length and the soft waves really suit her.

    • Lela14
      July 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm (4 months ago)

      Yes I love her new hairstyle! She looks great.

      • Lizzie
        July 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm (4 months ago)

        Love the length, but not the middle part.

        • Beatrix
          July 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm (4 months ago)

          +1

  2. Mrs BBV
    July 16, 2017 at 4:52 pm (4 months ago)

    I loved her dress and I thought they seemed as relaxed together and as happy as I’ve seen them in a long time. The British press have had a good minx about Carole, Pippa and James not being in the Royal Box but in some cheap seats in social Siberia. Not sure if Mike or James Matthews went as I’ve not seen them in any photos but James was carrying 4 Pimms drinks. Actually that was probably two for Carole so she doesn’t swig her wine out of a paper bag this year.

    Dickie Arbiter seemed very vexed on Twitter that Hello magazine referred to the Middleton’s as celebrities. Not for the first time either, Dickie doesn’t seem all that keen on the Middletons.

    Does anyone know if Kate managed to drop by any of the other events taking place at Wimbledon beyond the Centre Court? Or did she ignore all the wheelchair / Senior / Junior events again?

    • Birdy
      July 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm (4 months ago)

      The wheelchair tennis was amazing and us Brits are so good at it!❤️

      • Cathy
        July 17, 2017 at 12:05 am (4 months ago)

        The wheelchair tennis was amazing. I watched some of a game, to be able to manage a wheelchair and a racket as well as zipping across a court to hit a ball! Wow!

    • Sarah
      July 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm (4 months ago)

      Arbiter’s tweet made me laugh! Something like when are they (pippa and James) celebrities!! Haha at least some people aren’t trying to make them happen

      • Mrs BBV
        July 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm (4 months ago)

        Dickie Arbiter has such a way with a dead pan put down…..I love him.

    • Ellie
      July 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm (4 months ago)

      I think they look so happy because they’re getting credit for working watchin tennis!

      I find the pictures of Kate touching William a bit…pathetic, on both their parts? He is not looking at her, is frowning, won’t interact. It makes me feel sad for her.

      Kate didn’t show up for the other events, I assume.

      Do love the dress and the hair, though the center part isn’t the most flattering on her. It’s interesting in that it’s a Catherine Walker dress, expensive, but the patterns don’t match on the seams at all!

      • Kimothy
        July 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm (4 months ago)

        You know what Kate’s rubbing William reminds me of? When you were a kid and your mom was wiping a smudge off your face!

        • Cathy
          July 17, 2017 at 12:07 am (4 months ago)

          +1

      • Lisa
        July 17, 2017 at 6:12 am (4 months ago)

        I think that sums up most of their public interaction really. Kate demonstrating her possessiveness over her property, William non responsive. It reminded me of an immature teenage girl with her first boyfriend, marking her territory. Kate either smiling triumphantly or directly at the cameras. Her hair is so much better and she looks healthy.

    • Lizzie
      July 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm (4 months ago)

      “James was carrying 4 Pimms drinks. Actually that was probably two for Carole so she doesn’t swig her wine out of a paper bag this year.”

      Lol, true. And Mike already was probably at his limit since we know that Mike keeps his stash at the ready in his car door. (Mike was there, seated next to Carole. The Sun’s photographs included him although the DM did not.)

      This is getting sidetracked, but isn’t it odd how the press jumped all over Carole for pulling out mini wine bottles from her purse, with articles questioning whether she has a drinking problem, etc., yet nothing, not one thing at all, was said in the media about that half empty liquor bottle in Michael Middleton’s car door, seen when he was meeting Pippa’s wedding planner?

      • Mrs BBV
        July 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm (4 months ago)

        Good old gender stereotyping I guess. Show me a Dad with a hip flask and I’ll give you the Father of the Bride who’s usually paying for the whole shebang. Mother of the bride usually becomes a Bridezilla, Father of the bride just turn to drink. The Sun just stuck with the usual bridal party narrative but I have to say when your daughter is destined to be the future Queen of England, to be caught swigging alcohol from behind a brown paper bag is pretty calamitous. I’m surprised it’s not dragged up more frequently by the media which definitely suggests a behind the scenes deal. I.e We’ll allude to Carole calling staff for her 6pm ice cold Chablis (elegant and classy alcohol intake) but we won’t remind the public she’s a complete lush who swigs surreptitiously from behind paper bags. (Lack of breeding and possible drink problem alert).

        • Lizzie
          July 17, 2017 at 10:28 am (4 months ago)

          Oh, thank you for pointing that out!

    • the spectator
      July 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm (4 months ago)

      “Actually that was probably two for Carole so she doesn’t swig her wine out of a paper bag this year.” LOL

  3. Ray
    July 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm (4 months ago)

    I am just really loving her hair, I really hope she sticks with this style. And I always loved it long. All in the timing I guess.

    I watched Federer in March at the BP Paribas Open and he’s simply amazing. AMAZING. I may be completely biased but I am sure the Cambridges were both seriously thrilled to be there to watch him take Wimbledon once again.

    • the spectator
      July 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm (4 months ago)

      +1 He is AMAZING. And so modest.

  4. Birdy
    July 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm (4 months ago)

    Does Kate realise that clothes can be worn more than once? And where was she at Jo Konta’s semi….. you know the British woman in the semis?? I have zero respect for her.

    • Jamel
      July 17, 2017 at 7:35 am (4 months ago)

      Agree Birdy. I hoped to see Kate at Jo match but she didn’t show up. And I saw some old photos of Kate touching William and it is clear, at least to me, that he feels uncomfortable about it. And he never touches her back, he totally ignores her.

    • Lindsey from DC
      July 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm (4 months ago)

      I was so disappointed she didn’t attend the women’s matches 🙁 As a woman who claims to love sport, she should be out there supporting women athletes and drawing more press to their events. She’s never come of as a “woman supporting women” type to me though.

      Her haircut does look very nice though.

  5. Birdy
    July 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm (4 months ago)

    But well done Roger just don’t sell your sole to the Middletons.

  6. Sarah
    July 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm (4 months ago)

    Kate looks nice here. This haircut needed to happen years ago! It looks so nice.
    I always think kate looks awkward doing things to William either trying to show affection or this, just because he always acts so disinterested.
    As others have said elsewhere, it would be nice if she did something more to support the women players.

  7. Mrs BBV
    July 16, 2017 at 5:27 pm (4 months ago)

    KMR……all my posts are being moderated. Am I on the norty posters list? 😱

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm (4 months ago)

      No. But I put “dick” on my comment moderation list because of spam, so when you write “Dickie” it causes the comment to get caught. I’ve been approving your comments as soon as I see them.

      • Mrs BBV
        July 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm (4 months ago)

        ROFL. I kept wondering what my trigger word was. Poor Mr Arbiter. Xxx

        • GraceH
          July 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm (4 months ago)

          In future I shall remember to quote ‘Richard’ Arbiter or Mr Arbiter!
          🙂

  8. Jessica
    July 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm (4 months ago)

    Looks nice; I wish she would go a wee bit shorter but this looks really nice. I wonder what caused the style change?

    • Ellie
      July 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm (4 months ago)

      AFAIK her hair’s been this length for some time, it’s just she took out all the extensions. I like it and actually was inspired to chop mine off like this. I’m a bit embarrassed to say Kate’s ‘do spurred me to finally cut off all the raggedy ends and bits, tho’ mine wasn’t as long as hers with extensions!

      • SpringsMom
        July 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm (4 months ago)

        My theory was that she received a certain allowance for hair extensions and ran out of funds for the rest of the year. 😛

        • Cathy
          July 17, 2017 at 12:12 am (4 months ago)

          +1

          Very funny Springs Mom!

          What would happen if she ran through her dress allowance early? (as if that would happen?)

          Hope you and your family are all well?

    • Gie
      July 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm (4 months ago)

      I wonder if Meghan Markle’s arrive on the scene has anything to do with it…

      I’m really glad. Though her outfits weren’t bold pre-George they still looked amazing. It’s been a good while since I’ve been excited and felt like she was doing a great “job”, she seems really engaged and happy to be at places… she usually does at Wimbledon I guess, it would have been great if she went to some women’s matches. She is looking great and confident. Perhaps the success of Heads Together, which was her brain child – as the video they released of the three of them on the bench talking about their personal mental health experiences suggests, has boasted her confidence in her role.

  9. Lizzie
    July 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm (4 months ago)

    So Kate did stay for the mixed doubles? Good for her, if she did so. Glad she could find the time and make the effort. Will today’s Wimbledon outing then count for two working engagements? Let’s see what else if anything she does for the All England Club now that Wimbledon is over.

    • Bea
      July 17, 2017 at 5:06 am (4 months ago)

      She watched the mixed doubles final, but left before the presentations. I was vexed that she didn’t stay to congratulate both couples, especially as there was a British player in both. Disappointing.

      • Kristin
        July 17, 2017 at 7:06 am (4 months ago)

        I was happy to read that they stayed for mixed doubles but reading they didn’t stay for presentations… the men’s final didn’t take long, neither the doubles one so clearly it wasn’t a time issue. It’s just bit disappointing… especially with a British player in each team.

      • Lizzie
        July 17, 2017 at 10:17 am (4 months ago)

        I find that really rude, when you’re the patron, sitting front and center, to not stay until a match is complete.

        Like Kristin says, it wasn’t a time issue. I’m sure if Federer’s match had gone far into a fifth set, lasting four or more hours, they would have stayed until the very end. And if it were another sport, rugby or football, they wouldn’t have left early either.

        • Laura
          July 18, 2017 at 8:04 am (4 months ago)

          I was thinking Lizzie about when they would eat. It is rude though not to stay to the presentation.

  10. the spectator
    July 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm (4 months ago)

    Kate looks terrific.

    I like her hair at this length so very much. I don’t even mind the centre part today. Perhaps it was the big, hot roller look at the museum that put me off the centre part.
    Lovely natural makeup. Her dress . . . I loved it.

  11. Fifi
    July 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm (4 months ago)

    Catherine Walker brand seems to provide clothes that fit Kate well. (Maybe they have a no alterations by amateur KP staff clause.) I like this dress and the wildflower pattern makes the seam mis-match less annoying. Somehow Kate seems to have regained her equilibrium, and is dressing more her age, and more like her early royal years. Maybe she decided that royal protocol dressing was for the birds, or for nonagenarian monarchs?

    What did everyone think of Pippa’s dress? I expect Mette-Marit to be wearing it soon.

    • Sarah
      July 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm (4 months ago)

      Hated it. Looks like some sort of mix between old lady nightgown and some other fugly get up. And the 3tiers?!!!! Bleh
      I find the Middleton family dynamics weird. Pippa is just married and no sightings of her husband with her. Maybe he’s tired of all the pap strolls? I don’t expect them to be glued at the hip but we’ve seen him at the games before so we know he’s not averse to going. Just pips and her brother and now the family of 4.
      Are we sure James and Donna are actually dating becuase you almost never see pics of them out in public together and that hug at the wedding didn’t say couple to me.

      • GraceH
        July 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm (4 months ago)

        Oh dear! When I saw that dress I thought she forgot to change out of nightclothes. Then I realized those are more like granny nightclothes and no explanation arose. So I hope whatever company sells the outfit now has sufficient exposure to warrant the price of the dress.

    • Queen Lauri
      July 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm (4 months ago)

      I think Pippa’s dress had at least one tier too many and the wedge sandals just don’t work with such a delicate dress. I’ve noticed that Pippa tends to be all over the place with her fashion, some good and some so bad, I wonder if at some point she’ll settle into a style and if that will help.

      • TP76
        July 17, 2017 at 2:52 am (4 months ago)

        Agree, Queen Lauri. She’s all over the place. And the extra money now she’s married means she can make more expensive mistakes.

      • Bea
        July 17, 2017 at 5:08 am (4 months ago)

        She is sponsored by some designers, I believe, so has to be photographed in the clothes.

  12. Herazeus
    July 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm (4 months ago)

    She’s put on weight. I expect a baby no 3 announcement before the year is out. That’s the only reason she’s added weight in the past.

    That said, weight gain or not, i wish she would not go back to her preferred skeletal weight. She looks so much better at this weight.

    • GraceH
      July 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm (4 months ago)

      So you’re guessing this is pre-pregnancy weight gain?

    • kateincali
      July 17, 2017 at 12:00 am (4 months ago)

      Completely agree with you Hera.

    • Cathy
      July 17, 2017 at 12:14 am (4 months ago)

      An announce re HG coming soon?

    • TP76
      July 17, 2017 at 2:45 am (4 months ago)

      I’ve suspected pregnancy since the America’s cup outing. She’s definitely put on weight and pregnancy is the only reason she’d allow it. OTOH, if she is not pregnant I will be thrilled if the weight gain is a result of getting some help. She looks so lovely with more weight on; when she was at her natural* weight (see: university days) she was gorgeous.

      *meaning “not ruthlessly managed”

      • katemiddletonreview
        July 17, 2017 at 3:04 am (4 months ago)

        People have been suspecting pregnancy since November of 2016.

        • TP76
          July 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm (4 months ago)

          Ok. Well, I’ve never suspected pregnancy before (not even when she *was* pregnant) so I can’t comment on others’ speculations.

    • Lizzie
      July 17, 2017 at 10:11 am (4 months ago)

      Throwing this out there because it was discussed on another KMR post: Kate could be on antidepressants, and that could be the cause of recent weight gain as well.

      She certainly seems happier these days: whether that’s due to early pregnancy, medication, or no-more-Jecca, who knows. But even if she’s not pregnant now, I do rather suspect that she wants to be like her own mum and have three children, too.

      • ABC
        July 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

        This won’t come across how I intend it to so don’t take offence anyone.. But Kate is getting on a bit isn’t she. I’m not that interested to know how old she is but I’m guessing she’s past 35 and at that age, like it or not, we all tend to thicken out a little. Can’t stay 21 forever no matter how much diet, exercise or surgery we have. You all may be right and it’s pregnancy related or some such other reason but my guess is she’s at that difficult time of life when we are near / hitting 40 and our waistlines refuse to do what we want and the weird puffiness starts. JMO.

      • Jessica
        July 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm (4 months ago)

        Whoa; antidepressants. As someone who does suffer from depression and has been medicated I wouldn’t even feel comfortable speculating. Like ABC said; she’s over 35 and will naturally put on more weight.

    • Lovely Blossom
      July 17, 2017 at 10:53 am (4 months ago)

      I saw a photo of their arrival in Poland and her cheeks look much fuller.

      • jenny
        July 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm (4 months ago)

        I definitely believe — and I posted this before — that she has had a chin implant.
        I don’t like to speculate on whether she is on anti-depressants, or not. Such a personal thing. And, when one tries to find the perfect match, it can be so overwhelming. Maybe, Kate is just happier now and more used to her life as a Duchess and has relaxed her stringent diet and is living life to the max. I will say that she looks better all ways around and that is a major plus! What woman would not want to look and feel great?

  13. Queen Lauri
    July 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm (4 months ago)

    Well, fashion wise this was a good day for the Duchess, the dress is rather sweet and appropriate for the occasion. Any idea what shoes she wore today? I do like the shorter hair but agree that a slightly off-center part might be a bit more flattering.

    I have to say that I’d feel a bit strange if my daughter and I were at the same event but seated in different areas. Now, I understand that the Middleton’s didn’t have royal box tickets and a fuss probably would have been raised if they were seated by the Cambridges but it still feels a bit odd to me.

    Thanks for the great post KMR! I hope the next 5 days don’t prove to be too exhausting for you 🙂

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 17, 2017 at 1:19 am (4 months ago)

      I couldn’t even keep up with the state visit plus Kate’s engagements plus Victoria’s birthday celebrations last week with my not-so-new-anymore job. But I’m finally all caught up on that stuff. Hopefully I can make it through this tour.

      • Ellie
        July 17, 2017 at 2:02 am (4 months ago)

        Breathe!! lol

    • MavenTheFirst
      July 17, 2017 at 7:55 am (4 months ago)

      “I have to say that I’d feel a bit strange if my daughter and I were at the same event but seated in different areas. ”

      It does seem jarring until one realises that if the Midds weren’t such publicity hounds intent on flaunting their quasi-royal status, no one would know or care where they sat. I am sure those who know other royals have sat elsewhere without fuss. This only becomes a big production because every Midd including Kate makes it so.

      Meanwhile Pips and Carol sat far from each other a few days ago. I guess you take what you can get when you’re a mooch.

  14. Red Tulip
    July 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm (4 months ago)

    Fashion wise, it was a good outing for Kate. Wish Kate would do more to watch women tennis and I hope that she promotes the All England Club throughout the year, not just during Wimbledon season.

    As for Kate rubbing some
    Nose snot or smudge off of her toddler-husband while he barely looks at when. How can William respect a woman that’s only with him for getting her claws on a life of privilege, luxury and Royal Box seats at Wimbledon?

    She is a below mediocre woman in every way, who hasn’t worked hard and earned a single Thing that she has, not even her clothes. One would think that she’d feel grateful for her lot in life that also raised her and her spotlight hogging family to the top, by showing some obligation to those that are less privileged. Kate can’t even be bothered to do that and William hates his position so much that he hasn’t bothered to encourage her nor bothered to marry a woman that actually likes to you know…work.

    You especially see the difference when you see Felipe and Letizia, who seem to be a well matched couple that have mutual love and respect for each other.

    Sorry, rant over. As you can tell, the royals and the BRF in particular, are beginning to grate on me with all their complaining of their privilege and showing a middle finger to giving back and duty.

  15. Marna
    July 17, 2017 at 2:46 am (4 months ago)

    I think Kate look good here – love the dress on her.
    But if I had a royal tour coming up, I’ll be home cramming like crazy. I would want make that I all about who we are going to meet and what the charity is about. How the work? Possibly look to see if any of their methods could help my charities?
    Make sure I know everything about the people that I’d be meeting and what are their customs so that I avoid pitfalls.
    This just seems like the wrong time to go to Wimbledon.

  16. TP76
    July 17, 2017 at 2:50 am (4 months ago)

    The dress was Not My Thing, but perfectly appropriate for the occasion and I actually love the hair today: centre part and all. I did not like the centre part at the NHM the other night, but I think that was the more curled style. This one looks fab. So thrilled with the new hair.

    Having said the dress was fine, it is yet another new one. And Catherine Walker no less; I was about to give a pass to the new purchase when it was first identified (by the DM) as Ted Baker, but then the ID was changed to Walker. Should have known: the Ted Baker days are long gone, occasional token high-street buys aside.

  17. Carla
    July 17, 2017 at 3:36 am (4 months ago)

    The dress is pretty but I am wondering why there is not one single photo showing Kate’s legs and shoes.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 17, 2017 at 3:47 am (4 months ago)

      There usually aren’t with Wimbledon photos since they are mostly photographed in the stands where their legs and feet are blocked. Same with Trooping and Remembrance Sunday when they’re on balconies.

      • Carla
        July 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm (4 months ago)

        M, thank you for the photos. The sandals seem to be comfortable but I would have preferred white or even red shoes with the white dress.

  18. Ann
    July 17, 2017 at 5:49 am (4 months ago)

    Another good outing for Kate, it’s nice to see. Now I’ve raised my hopes for the tour, as she’s looked happy and involved in her events lately.

  19. Nic919
    July 17, 2017 at 8:30 am (4 months ago)

    Is this actually going to count as an event in the CC? All she did was watch a tennis game. She didn’t even present the trophy (not that I am against the Duke of Kent still doing that) so what kind of work was involved here ? It’s not like a Federer final needs further attention.

    Anyway, I noticed the very brief interaction post trophy ceremony and Federer spent way more time speaking to the others in the room.

    The outfit is fine, but yet again another new one. And I never realized she wore earrings because the hair hides them. Her hair is better without the extensions but it is still pretty basic. It never looks finished but is like hair your get when you step out of the shower and rub with a towel.

    • Lizzie
      July 17, 2017 at 10:01 am (4 months ago)

      Federer’s very brief interaction with Kate and William after the match made me give a little cheer. Also gave me a little bit of hope that he is wise to the Middletons’ ways.

    • Jen
      July 17, 2017 at 10:52 am (4 months ago)

      I’d say it will be counted given Kate is patron saint of Wimbledon. But you raise a good question re. ‘royal work’ when so much of it is merely being entertained by others. Quite silly, isn’t it?

      I’m sure Federer keeps his powder dry given all the types of people he gets to meet; he was courteous to the Cambridge’s, though didn’t waste energy on them. I was surprised to hear Carole Middleton bailed up Mirka to ask for spare tickets. Surely she would have bought her own tickets for a final no less? Who behaves like that? Or maybe Carole just wanted to rub shoulders with the Federer’s and be seen? Pushy, brassy woman…and in the heat of the moment, she struck. Ugh!

      • TP76
        July 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm (4 months ago)

        She’s truly ghastly.

  20. jenny
    July 17, 2017 at 9:55 am (4 months ago)

    I liked the skirt, but the bodice lacked something. I don’t know what. Her hair looked lovely and she seemed relaxed and happy, but why not? Viewing a tennis final match? Nice work if you can get it. I also felt sorry for her when she reached out to touch William’s face — yes, she did look like she was trying to remove something from it. He just does not respond to her. Sad.

  21. Graham
    July 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm (4 months ago)

    Next thing, they will be trying to tell us that watching Wimbledon is “work”.

    It is a total insult to our intelligence, but so many people actually swallow that kind of garbage