The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a private members’ club. It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass. Initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it still operates as a members’ tennis club, with all courts in use all year round.
Patron Since: December 2016
June 27, 2011 – Wimbledon – Day 7 – The Championships – In their fist appearance in the Royal Box together Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Day 7 of Wimbledon Championships. The couple were on hand to watch Andy Murray take on Richard Gasquet. The couple joined other guests including the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Michael of Kent, David Bernstein, the chairman of the Football Association and Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England.
July 04, 2012 – Wimbledon – Day 9 – The Championships – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Day 9 of the Wimbledon Championships. The couple watched Roger Federer take on Mikhail Youzhny and their favorite Andy Murray play against Spain’s David Ferrer. The couple sat in the Royal Box with the parents of former British player Tim Henman where they were spotted chatting it up quite a bit.
July 08, 2012 – Wimbledon – Finals – The Championships – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with her sister Pippa Middleton attended the Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. The sisters joined The Duke of Kent, President of Wimbledon, The Duchess of Gloucester and British Prime Minister David Cameron, and celebrities David and Victoria Beckham. Catherine and Pippa seemed to be having a great time as they appeared quite chatty and acting a bit silly.
August 02, 2012 – 2012 Olympic Games – Day 6 – Tennis – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge of Cambridge attend the quarter-finals for both men and at the All England Club during Day 6 of the Olympics. The couple cheered their particular favorite Andy Murray on to victory and met up with him to congratulate him after his match. The couple were in high spirits as they got in on some crowd participation with ‘the wave’.
July 02, 2014 – Wimbledon – Day 9 – The Championships – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to watch as fan favorite Andy Murray took on Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter finals. The couple sat in the Royal Box with the The Duke of Kent, President of Wimbledon and AELTC chairman Philip Brook. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Murray’s day as he lost in three straight sets 6-1.
July 06, 2014 – Day 13: The Championships – Wimbledon – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships for the men’s singles final watching Roger Federer take on Novak Djokovic. Notable celebrities in attendance included Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, and David and Victoria Beckham. The pair later congratulated Novak Djokovic on his win.
July 15, 2015 – Day 9: The Championships – Wimbledon – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in London, England. The couple were in attendance to see Andy Murray who compete against Vasek Pospisil in the gentlemen’s quarter-finals. The couple were joined in the Royal Box with a number of other royals like Prince Albert of Monaco and the Countess of Wessex. William and Catherine also met actor Josh Hartnett.
July 07, 2016 – The Championships – Wimbledon – Day 10 – TCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Upon arrival The Duchess took moment to chat with tournament officials, service personnel, and the ball boys and girls. The Royal Box was full of celebrities and Royalty alike as both Venus and Serena Williams were in action. An exciting moment came happened when Wimbledon champion Serena Williams posted a Snapchat video of herself with The Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex after her match. In the nine second video Serena exclaimed: “So I’m in the in-crowd now, I’m with royalty!”
July 10, 2016 – Wimbledon – Day 13 – The Championships – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Wimbledon men’s final to watch fan favorite Andy Murray win against Canadian Milos Raonic as well as the doubles final in which Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen won against Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Robert Farah. After the match the couple chatted and congratulated Andy Murray on his win.
July 03, 2017 – Visiting The All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon in London, England. In her first visit since taking over as Patron from the Queen, Catherine met with everyone from past and current players to the medical team, staff, volunteers, and ball boys and girls before settling into the Royal Box to watch the action alongside AELTC chairman Philip Brook and The Duke of Kent, President of Wimbledon.
July 16, 2017 – Wimbledon – Day 13 – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Men’s Singles Final during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, United Kingdom. The pair joined notable figures like the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and actors Hugh Grant and Bradley Cooper. The couple also took time to congratulate winner Roger Federer, the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and chat with Garbine Muguruza who had won her first Wimbledon title the day before in the women’s final.
January 17, 2018 – Visiting The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative – Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Bond Primary School in Mitcham to learn about the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI). The WJTI is the All England Club’s community tennis programme which offers free tennis coaching to local primary school children in Merton and Wandsworth. During her visit The Duchess joined children in a number of tennis exercises.
July 14, 2018 – Wimbledon – Day 12 – The Championships – In their first outing without their husbands The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex attended the Wimbledon Championships. Catherine and Meghan met with former Wimbledon Ladies Champions, ball boys and ball girls, and young players. A touching moment from the day was after Serena Williams, who is a close friend of Meghan’s lost her match up and Catherine comforted an upset Meghan with a pat on the back.
July 15, 2018 – Wimbledon – Day 13 – The Championships – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Gentlemen’s Singles Final of the Championships at Wimbledon. Upon arrival the couple chatted with tennis players Rod Laver and Kim Clijsters. The Duke and Duchess then joined other notable figures including Prime Minister Theresa May, Hugh Grant, and Eddie Redmayne in watching the action. William and Catherine congratulated winner Novak Djokovic after his match.
July 02, 2019 – Wimbledon – Day 2 – The Championships – The Duchess of Cambridge watched Britain’s Harriet Dart play against U.S. player Christina McHale in Wimbledon’s outer courts with Anna Keothavong and Katie Boulter, both ladies, along with Harriet have previously recieved support from SportsAid, a charity that offers financial support to athletes at the beginning stages of their careers. The Duchess has been Patron since 2013. Later, Catherine moved to the Royal Box to watch Angelique Kerber vs Tatijana Maria. During her visit The Duchess also visited the Aorangi Park to see the practice courts and players’ warm-up area. There she met Johanna Konta and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray. She also met a number of finalists and winners nominated for the annual LTA Tennis Awards which recognize people who volunteer at grassroots level to grow and open up the sport.
July 13, 2019 – Wimbledon – Day 12 – The Championships – The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex and her sister Pippa Matthews attended the Wimbledon Women’s Final between Serena Williams and Simona Halep. Catherine arrived early to meet with players, volunteers and former champions. The Ladies’ Singles Final match was a quick one as Simona Halep beat Serena Williams in 55 minutes to win her first Wimbledon title. Catherine met Halep briefly after the match offering congratulations and telling her to ‘enjoy the celebrations’.
July 14, 2019 – Wimbledon – Day 13 – The Championships – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Gentlemen’s Singles Final.The Duke and Duchess met ballboys and ballgirls before heading to the Royal Box to watch Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the finals. Catherine’s mother Carole, sister Pippa, brother James and his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet were also in attendance. It was a whirlwind of the match-up lasting five hours with Novak Djokovic winning his fifth Wimbledon title. For the first time as Patron, The Duchess presented the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Final trophies alongside The Duke of Kent who is President of The All England Lawn Tennis Club.