The Duchess of Cambridge is set to become the official Royal ambassador for the Wimbledon tennis championships.
The Duchess is a fan of the game and has been a frequent spectator in the Royal Box on Centre Court since her marriage to the Duke of Cambridge in 2011. She accepted an honorary membership of Wimbledon’s All England Club in January 2013. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace stated: “The Duchess was pleased to accept the kind offer, particularly given her interest in tennis.”
As the Royal ambassador, one of her duties will be the presentation of the trophies, a task which is currently being carried out by the Duke of Kent, President of the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
The Royal family have a long history with the tournament. The first visit was made by the Prince of Wales and Princess Mary on the 29th of June 1907, when the Prince accepted the position as President of the club and began the relationship between the Royal family and Wimbledon that continues to this day.
Since the Royal couple are expecting their first child in July, it is unlikely that the Duchess will be seen courtside during this year’s Wimbledon fortnight.