Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle keep it simple and classy on their first solo outing at Wimbledon
Kate Middleton and Megan Markle arrived at Wimbledon on Saturday looking classy as ever ahead of Serena William's match against Angelique Kerber
Kate Middleton and Megan Markle arrived at Wimbledon on Saturday to support Serena Williams in her clash against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their first ever public appearance without their husbands. The royal sisters-in-law were seen waving and smiling as they descended upon Wimbledon center court just ahead of the Ladies' Final this afternoon. The two looked elegant as the kept their appearances and clothing simple.
Meghan was seen sporting a loose-fitted blue and white striped shirt from the American designer Ralph Lauren. The shirt retails at £600 on the Ralph Lauren website. She also carried an Altuzarra Studio bag. She paired the shirt with a pair of cream trousers, also by Ralph Lauren, which ballooned around her legs as she walked. She completed the look with a black and white Panama hat and black stilettos. Meghan's messy bun served as a perfect compliment to her comfortably shaded clothing.
Kate always wears an elegant summer dress for the tennis tournament. The mother of three donned a beautifully patterned midi by Jenny Packham adorned with a polka dot print. Her dress had a large bow detail on the left of her chest and a fitted waist to highlight her slender physique. The Duchess completed the look with a pair of gorgeous drop earrings and nude suede heels. Kate left her chestnut brown hair open and looked dazzling.
The two seemed rather excited about the match since this is the first time that they are out together to watch Megan's close friend Serena Williams take to the green. They were seen greeting the former female tennis champions and had a little chat with the ball girls and boys as they spoke about their participation and it meant to play at the iconic tournament.
After that the ladies took their seats in the royal box, they chatted and laughed throughout the game, making it quite evident that they are actually enjoying each other's company.
Wimbledon's official Twitter handle shared a clip of the two duchesses arriving at the games as they added, "An occasion fit for royalty. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are here to enjoy ladies’ finals day…" in a snap where the two sisters-in-law are seen smiling at each other and waving at the crowd.
It welcomed the royal ladies by adding, "A warm welcome to #Wimbledon to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Sussex.” Fans were quick to follow up with their comments praising Kate and Meghan's dressing style. It seemed that fans were quick to notice how elegant the newly wedded Duchess of Sussex looked. One fan commented: "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex looks so chic and stylish. She's a beautiful breath of fresh air for the royal family. And I know Serena is happy to have her friend there to support her." While another mentioned, "The Duchess of Sussex smashing it again in a classy look. The Cambridge looks good, too. [sic]"
Although this is the first time Meghan is attending the games as a royalty, it is certainly not the first time that she has flown to Wimbledon to support her close friend Serena. The actress-turned-British-royalty has been present in Wimbledon to support Serena for quite a few years.
Airplay member Tia Carter meets @RoyalFamily HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Sussex ahead of performing the Coin Toss @Wimbledon Ladies’ Final representing @RAFBF thanks to @WimbledonFdn #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/5GUp170UoG— RAF Benevolent Fund (@RAFBF) July 14, 2018
Speaking to the Sun, Serena recently revealed that she and Meghan have been pals for quite some time and, though her friend's status has now upgraded, their friendship continues to be the same. "Every year, for a couple years, she comes out to Wimbledon to support me... Now she’s supporting me in a different role but our friendship is still exactly the same... We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot. I look forward to it."
Meghan was also present at the games in 2016, right around the time when she met Prince Harry for the first time. Coincidentally, in the same year, the Duchess of Cambridge was present to watch Serena play, also making a surprise appearance on the player's Snapchat account where Serena wrote: "Okay, so I'm with the crowd now... I'm with royalty!"
However, this is not the first time that Kate has made an appearance with another member of the royal family to the games. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been regular visitors and supporters of the games for the past seven consecutive years, and have witnessed Andy Murray win the men's final in 2013 and 2016.
Kate was seen wearing a white botanical print cap-sleeve dress from Catherine Walker at Wimbledon in 2017 as she carried her signature Victoria Beckham 'Quincy' tote bag. She paired it up with Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven gold earrings and the usual nude strappy sandals which she has worn this year as well.
Polka dots seem to be her go-to pattern as she had also put on a midi-length polka dot dress from Dolce & Gabbana in 2017. She was carrying the same Victoria Beckham tote, pairing it up with black sandals from Office and a pair of Oscar de la Renta gold and pearl earrings. Her this year's dress too has that similar retro-inspired look.
Although Meghan has been a regular at the Wimbledon tournament, this year is extremely special for her as she made her first appearance as a royalty. After all, it was during the Wimbledon games in 2016 when she was set up on a blind date with her now husband Prince Harry.
On the other hand, Kate has been a loyal attendee at the games. Being a player herself, she has been attending the games quite regularly as it was a family tradition growing up. People notes that Kate considers the games a significant part of the English summer. It quotes her saying, "It is such a quintessential part of English summer... I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and Steffi Graf. Those, for me, were my first memories.”
After being this year's most sought-after guests, Kate and Meghan will have a permanent spot in the royal box!