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Kate darts out to cheap seats at Wimbledon

July 03, 2019 00:00:00

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sits in the crowd on No 1. Court at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon on Tuesday on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament — AFP

LONDON, July 02 (AFP): Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left the plush confines of the Royal Box at Wimbledon on Tuesday to watch a British wildcard competing on the lowly outside courts.

In a rare move for a member of the royal family visiting the All England Club, Kate took her place in among the 318 regular seats on Court 14 to watch Harriet Dart take on Christina McHale.

Wearing sunglasses and a white dress, Kate sat alongside Britain's Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong and British number three Katie Boulter.

Despite the photographers packed in on the three rows of seats opposite, most spectators seemed completely unaware that they were mixing it with royalty.

Tuesday's Centre Court programme featured title holder Angelique Kerber and multiple former champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

But before those matches got under way, Kate stepped out to watch British number four Dart, the world number 182, take on the US world number 108 McHale, a lucky loser from qualifying.

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