Kate Middleton attends Wimbledon final after missing semi for sweet reason
The Duchess of Cambridge will be attending today's men's Wimbledon final with her husband after missing the semi final action for a sweet reason.
Major tennis fan, Kate, was spotted at the All England Club with Prince William on Wednesday for the quarter finals, but was unable to attend the semis to see British men's Number 1 Cameron Norrie take on defending champion Novak Djokovic on Centre Court.
The 40-year-old mum had foregone the tennis action because it was Prince George, eight, and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte's final day at school before they head for summer break.
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Both royal kids have attended St Thomas’s Battersea Junior School since they were four, but with the Cambridges set to move from London to Windsor, they may not return in September.
Reports have long circulated that they are ready to quit Kensington Palace in favour of a move to Berkshire, which would also likely mean new schools for George, Charlotte and Louis, four.
The Duke and Duchess will now, however, be present to watch Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic contest the men’s singles final.
William and Kate, who is patron of the All England Club, will watch the match from the royal box in Centre Court today, with the Duchess expected to present the trophies to both the runner-up and the winner during a ceremony after the match.
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It comes after Kate presented Russian-born Elena Rybakina, who is representing Kazakhstan, with the Venus Rosewater Dish when she beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final on Saturday.
The moment came not without controversy as the 23-year-old, who was born and raised in Moscow and played under the Russian flag until she switched international allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, won the tournament in a year where Russian and Belarussian athletes were banned.
The men’s singles match also comes with a backdrop of controversy as Kyrgios faces charges for common assault against a former partner in Australia.
His wild journey to the final – featuring run-ins with line judges, umpires, opponents, the media and even the crowd – has prompted headlines such as “a menace to tennis” and “Wimbledon’s worst nightmare”, among others.
However, his opponent Djokovic said he was happy to see Kyrgios in the final after the Australian was given a walkover when Spaniard Rafael Nadal pulled out ahead of the semis due to an abdominal injury.
Kyrgios had not been beyond the fourth round at a grand slam for seven years prior to this tournament and has spoken openly about his mental struggles and reluctance to fully commit to the sport.
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