Kate brings memories of PEI to Wimbledon

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Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge applaud on Centre Court after Roger Federer of Switzerland defeated Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in their men's quarter-final tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Wednesday. (Reuters)

So, this is how Recycling Kate decides what to wear. She checks her calendar, finds out what she was wearing exactly one year ago, then digs it out of her closet.

Kate peiNow, maybe it's not as simple as that, but that's how it worked out today.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William finally made their appearance in the Royal Box at Wimbledon's Centre Court on Wednesday to get their fill of tennis and paparazzi. They were also greeted with a loud ovation from the crowd.

Kate's outfit was the same one she wore on July 4 last year, when she visited Province House in Charlottetown during the royal couple's Canadian tour (right photo, with an escort of Mounted Police).  The dress of choice was a cream-coloured cable-knit from Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The semi-nautical look fit in quite well in the Maritimes and worked equally well at Wimbledon, where some observers likened it to a throwback to tennis uniforms of a century ago.

Whatever the intrepretation, it added up to an $1,700 dress. History buffs will also recall that it was Sarah Burton who designed Kate's wedding dress.

Kate's appearance in the Royal Box completes the Middleton family circle. Pippa and James Middleton showed up last week and parents Michael and Carole were there on Tuesday.

As for the grass court attractions, Kate and William were arrived just in time to watch six-time champion Roger Federer win his quarter-final match against Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets (6-1, 6-2, 6-2). Later, they took in Britain's Andy Murray reaching the semis with a four-set victory over David Ferrer.

Joining Will and Kate in the box were Anthony and Jane Henman, whose son Tim was Britian's top player a decade ago. Others in the royal enclosure included tennis great Rod Laver and a real-life royal couple of the courts, former players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

Prince William and Kate sit on Centre Court for the men's quarter-final tennis match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. (Reuters)

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Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, right, joined Prince William and Kate in the Royal Box, along with England's soccer coach, Roy Hodgson, centre. (Reuters)

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Prince William and Kate leave Centre Court during a rain break in the men's quarter-final tennis match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. (Reuters)

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Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive on Centre Court for the men's quarter-final tennis match. (Reuters)















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Prince William and his wife Catherine   make their way to their Centre Court seats. (Reuters)

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Prince William have a serious moment during their Centre Court appearance. (Reuters)

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Kate enjoys a laugh with Gill Brook, the wife of the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Philip Brook. (Reuters)

Kate goes through a few tense moments during the Andy Murray-David Ferrer match. Hometown favourite Murray lost the first set, but rebounded to beat the Spaniard in four sets. (Getty Images)

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Prince William greets former tennis great Steffi Graf in the Royal Box. (Reuters)

Prince William shakes hands with tennis legend Rod Laver as he leaves Centre Court with Kate. The Australian-born Laver, 73, won Wimbledon four times in the 1960s. (Reuters)


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I'm confused - first I read comments/(veiled complaints) about how much is spent on the wardrobe for Kate, then I read comments/(veiled complaints) about how she re-wears these outfits. What's it to be, boys? Either she spends the money or she re-cycles - can't have it both ways.

Also, the photo of her and Price William leaving during a rain break, shoes Kate's butt is just as 'nice' as sister Pippa's.

I was gonna say, Bob. They rip the royals for spending too much, then rip them for saving money ("Recycling Kate" - sheesh). Ad nausium photos, but the 'butt shot' caught my eye too.

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