It’s the best time of year, at least that’s the case for Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge. A lover of tennis, Catherine went to Wimbledon today, supporting the patronage she inherited from The Queen’s cousin The Duke of Kent. In other news, Princes William and Harry have yet to mend fences after statue unveiling.
Though no doubt the Duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, enjoyed watching the sport, but she took some time to do some engagements as well.
As part of her visit, she participated in a game where a person can test their tennis reflexes. In heels, a skirt and her gorgeous navy Smythe blazer, Catherine hit various lights at different locations on a board, which imitated where a ball could land. It was called the Reaction Station and asked, How Fast Are You?
In an example of the Cambridge’s upping their social media game, the caption asked, “Hmmm how’d I do…?”
She also toured the Lawn Tennis Museum and helped prepare strawberry desserts in the Wimbledon kitchen.
A passionate tennis fan, Wimbledon is one of her favorite events every year. She and William usually attend a couple of matches together, and this year she has also offered a prediction about who would win.
“Unbiased (wink face emoji) predication to win it: Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu,” the royal team posted on Twitter.
It was rather clever and shows how the royal couple and future king and queen are trying to put the fiasco of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle behind them and get back to the business of royalty.
It helped that a large part of the problem, Prince Harry, had left the picture after the now Hollywood producer flew back to California the day after the unveiling a statue of Princess Diana with his brother Prince William.
Throughout the event, the two were tense, showing that the rift between them has only continued to grow or at least is not improving.
Penny Junor, who has written several royal biographies, said: “My guess is there’s quite a way to go but it’s encouraging to see the two of them together and with smiles on their faces. I think that is progress.
“The brothers put on a very, very good show. I was expecting to see some sort of tight lips and some jaw muscles, which we saw at the Commonwealth service in Westminster Abbey before Harry and Meghan left.
“They seemed to be reasonably relaxed with one another. They weren’t arms around each other, it wasn’t very touchy and there wasn’t, perhaps, the usual banter of times gone by.
“But had you not known there was a serious problem between the two of them, you wouldn’t necessarily have picked it up.”
However, that’s not necessarily true. The brothers were clearly on different pages when it came to the tone of the event, with Prince Harry acting oddly jovial and manic, while William was dignified, somewhat somber and seemingly reflective about the loss of his mother on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The tension between the brothers will remain as long as Harry remains married to Meghan, but William and Catherine are just trying to get on with their lives and royal duties, ignoring the Hollywood duo and focusing on what matters: family, duty and country.
The royal family will be all the better for it.
Picture from Town and Country.