07/08/2012

Kate and Pippa light up the Royal Box at Wimbledon

2012-07-08T132737Z_01_WIM022_RTRMDNP_3_TENNIS-WIMBLEDON Pippa Middleton and her sister Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge settle into the Royal Box on Sunday before the men's final at Wimbledom between Andy Murray and Roger Federer.(Reuters)

It was girls day out at Wimbledon on Sunday, with the Middleton sisters joining the 15,000 at Centre Court for the Wimbledon men's tennis final.

Ef4cb5cc79f3476f9366The Royal Box was a who's who of VIP types, from politicians to royalty to celebrities, sporting and otherwise. Most of the stares, however, seem reserved for Kate and Pippa.

Among the other attendees were David and Victoria Beckham and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who took his mother Mary to the event.

Absent from Kate's side was Prince William, who had a "prior engagement."

So the ticket went to Pippa, who, like her sister, is a tennis nut. Both had made separate appearances in previous sessions of the tournament.

The two sisters brought added star quality to the Royal Box, where they were cheering on Scotland's own Andy Murray as he took on six-time champion Roger Federer. It has been 76 years since a UK representative has hoisted the men's singles trophy.

Alas, the storybook ending was not to be as Federer won his seventh crown, beating Murray in four sets.

As usual, off the grass court, Kate's wardrobe was an object of attention. She recycled the $435 Joseph 'Vanessa' dress' that she wore when visiting Quebec City last year, along with a $750 Joseph 'Nessie' tweed jacket that she had put on for the 2011 Epsom Derby. Her clutch bag was by Diane von Furstenberg.

Pippa wore at $500 Phoebe Bluebird Peplum dress from designer Project D by Dannii and Tabitha.

All in all, they seemed to be enjoying the spectacle and Kate unabashedly smiled plenty, perhaps countering the image of her on an American magazine sporting bad teeth.

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Pippa and Kate bring out the sunglasses on Centre Court. (Reuters)

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Pippa and Kate have an up-close view of Andy Murray (foreground) from their south-end perch in the Royal Box. (Reuters)

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Pippa Middleton makes a face as she sits with her sister Kate at Centre Court. (Reuters)

148028552David and Victoria Beckham get cozy in the Royal Box. That's former Wimbledon champion Rod Laver in front of them. (Getty Images)

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Gill Brook, left, wife of All England Club chairman Philip Brook, keeps one eye on the match while sitting with Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Prince is a grandson of King George V and the Queen's cousin. (Getty Images)

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Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent,  puts on his serious face prior to the Federer-Murray final. The Duke is president of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. (Getty Images)

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Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife, actress Sophie Winkleman, join the crowd in the the Royal Box. Lord Freddie is sitting behind his father, Prince Michael of Kent. (Getty Images)

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, greets Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond in the Royal Box before the match. Salmond had a particular interest in rooting for Andy Murray, since the tennis star was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Behind Salmond is Mary Cameron, the PM's mother.  (AFP/GettyImages)

 

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Oops. In one of the photos, Prince Edward is listed as being the Duke of Kent!

How did they make mistake?

Prince Edward is Duke of Kent. He is the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Mary of Teck, and thus a Queen's cousin.

I believe you mistaken him for 30 years younger, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Queen's youngest son.

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