Kate is tennis-mad and is being lined up to take centre stage in the Royal Box during Wimbledon fortnight. She could even take over trophy presenting duties from the Duke of Kent. The bride-to-be, 29, is an accomplished player and a regular Wimbledon-goer with her mother Carole. A chum said: ‘Kate adores everything about tennis and would love to have an official role at Wimbledon.’
Palace aides have discussed the idea of Kate taking on the role in the hope she will bring a touch of glamour to the tournament in the wake of her marriage to Prince William. A Royal source said: ‘Catherine will want to be affiliated with charities and patronages which she is passionate about and Wimbledon would be a perfect fit.’ The task of presenting trophies to Wimbledon winners is currently carried out by the Duke of Kent – the Queen’s first cousin and president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Palace aides hope Kate will bring a ‘touch of glamour’ to the tournament
Previously it was done by the Duchess of Kent but she hasn’t presented a prize since 2001 after giving up her Wimbledon duties. The source said: ‘The Duke of Kent does a sterling job and there’s certainly no talk of him being axed, but there is a suggestion that Kate could present the trophy at the ladies’ finals. ‘She will certainly be seen in the Royal Box in the future.’ Kate plays tennis at the Harbour Club in Chelsea, where Princess Diana was a member. She represented her school and frequently beats William on the court.
A spokesman for the Palace said: ‘It’s too early to say. There are a lot of possibilities for Catherine.’