Wimbledon fashion is a game Kate Middleton wins every time
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As the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) — having taken over from Queen Elizabeth in 2016 — the duchess is a regular spectator at the annual tennis tournament.
In fact, she’s attended the championships every year since her wedding to Prince William in 2011 — with the exception of 2013, when she was pregnant with Prince George, and 2020, when the COVID pandemic canceled the event for the first time since WWII.
While Middleton’s known to rock her tennis whites at Wimbledon, her style has evolved since the early days of her marriage, with the duchess now choosing longer, full skirts along with more colorful and patterned dresses — like the polka-dotted Alessandra Rich frock she wore for her first appearance at the 2022 event.
Here, we take a look at all of the Duchess of Cambridge’s Wimbledon looks through the years.
2011: Temperley London
The newly married duchess made her first Wimbledon appearance as a member of the royal family in June 2011, wearing a tiered — and very tennis-inspired — white dress by Temperley London.
While it’s rare that Middleton goes sleeveless, she sported the brand’s “Moraiah”Style to watch Andy Murray play Richard Gasquet.
The dress featured tennis-skirt-style pleating at the shoulders and back and interesting petal detailing at both the shoulders and back. This was a fitting choice for Princess Diana’s royal Wimbledon debut.
She carried a tan snakeskin-print clutch for the event — and a brown coat in case of any British weather changes.
2012: Alexander McQueen
The Duchess of Cambridge made two appearances at the 2012 Wimbledon championships, with the royal first joining Prince William for the men’s quarter-final match in the same knit sailor-style Alexander McQueen dress she wore on the couples’ 2011 tour of Canada.
The cream sweater dress featured navy stripes at the waist and cuffs, along with a jaunty tie neck — perfect for a sporty day out. Jaeger’s navy quilted clutch and diamond-and-sapphire earrings were her accessories.
A few weeks later, Middleton brought her sister, Pippa, along for the 2012 men’s singles final to watch Roger Federer defeat Andy Murray.
The duchess chose to reuse an outfit from her North American tour in 2011 and wore a simple, sleeveless cream dress by Joseph. A textured cream jacket that she had worn for the Epsom Derby 2011 was added to her top.
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The Duchess of Cambridge made a Wimbledon comeback in 2014, after her pregnancy with Prince George prevented her from attending the 2013 event — and she once again turned to a repeat dress from a royal tour.
Her white eyelet “Roamer” style from Zimmermann was originally worn on the Cambridges’ trip to Australia earlier in 2014, with the short-sleeved style featuring pretty latticework detail along the hem, waistline and shoulders.
The duchess added a punch of color with her accessories, carrying a fan-shaped red-and-tan wicker clutch by Anya Hindmarch and a red pashmina to watch the men’s singles quarter-final match.
2014: Jonathan Saunders
A few days later, that same year, she finally unveiled a color (and a pattern!) This was her special occasion.
Wearing a green-and-blue geometric dress by Jonathan Saunders, the royal looked ready for summer fun as she cheered on Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the men’s singles final.
Middleton wore the tie waist, short-sleeved dress to the Solomon Islands in 2012 as part her Diamond Jubilee tour. Her accessories were simple, and she chose a tan L.K. Bennett clutch, silver Cartier watch by Bennett and green Kiki McDonough gem earrings by Kiki McDonough.
2015: L.K. Bennett
Kate Middleton wore a new, extra-bright, red L.K. Bennett dress to attend the men’s quarterfinals in 2015.
The elegant style, which featured a full-length skirt and short sleeves, was worn by the duchess to her sixth Wimbledon appearance. Diane von Furstenberg designed a fun clutch with leopard-print details, which she paired with her Cartier watch and gold. “Lolita” earrings by Mirabelle ($55).
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a sunny yellow shift to her first Wimbledon match in 2016.
Wearing the Roksanda dress she sported on her 2014 tour of Australia, Middleton met with players, staff and other attendees — including Venus and Serena Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, while Serena played Elena Vesnina in that day’s match.
Rupert Sanderson’s beige heels, a Cartier watch, and a pair of stunning shoes teamed her dress with her dress. baroque pearl earrings from Soru ($179).
2016: Alexander McQueen
A few days later, Middleton attended the men’s final with Prince William, wearing an Alexander McQueen dress with a very quirky print.
The brand’s “Obsessions Talisman” short-sleeved dress featured depictions of lipsticks, skulls, and butterflies — a big departure from the royal’s usual tame prints and solids.
She added dangling earrings made of gold charm from the Scottish brand Brora to her Cartier watch. folding Ray-Ban “Wayfarer” sunglasses ($163).
2017: Dolce & Gabbana
The duchess of Cambridge wore a fun, new look and a shorter hairstyle for her first official Wimbledon visit as royal patron to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 2017.
Attending the opening round of the men’s singles championship, Middleton sported a white square-necked Dolce & Gabbana dress with bold black polka dots.
She added black block-heeled sandals of Office and a Victoria Beckham bag to her breezy look, cheering for Andy Murray in the match.
2017: Catherine Walker
Middleton wore a new, summery outfit later in the 2017 championships. It was a short-sleeved white gown by Catherine Walker with a garden-inspired pattern.
Her dress featured large poppies, surrounded by wildflowers at the skirt. Middleton added an extra accent to the dress by pinning a purple-and green ribbon that may only be worn in the AELTC. The pin was given to the duchess as its patron.
2018: Jenny Packham
The Duchess of Cambridge joined her sister-in-law Meghan Markle for their first joint public appearance together to watch Serena Williams in the 2018 ladies’ finals at Wimbledon.
Middleton chose a custom look by Jenny Packham for the occasion — and went quite literal with the theme, as her white dress featured a tennis ball-inspired print and ruffled detail at the hip and shoulder.
She paired it with her Cartier watch of preference. baroque pearl drop earrings by In2Design ($156) for her girls’ day out.
2018: Dolce & Gabbana
For her second Wimbledon appearance in 2018, Middleton wore a bright yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress to watch the men’s finals.
The duchess chose the flutter-sleeved, slim-fitting frock to cheer up Novak Djokovic’s play. She added her AELTC ribbon, Cartier Watch, and Asprey necklace and earrings to complete the look.
It was back to tennis whites for the duchess’ first Wimbledon visit of 2019, and Middleton chose a retro-style look by Susannah for the occasion.
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She complemented the button-front, midi-length dress with a black bow and straw belt by Alexander McQueen. Black Gianvito Rosi pumps were also added. Catherine Zoraida fern hoop earrings ($200).
2019: Alexander McQueen
Another fashion repeat made it into the Wimbledon royal box in 2019, when Middleton wore a green Alexander McQueen gown she wore during a 2016 trip to Canada.
She was joined by her sister, Pippa, and the Duchess of Sussex for the ladies’ finals, and the three made quite a glamorous trio.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s short-sleeved, tie-neck dress featured gold buttons marching down the front, and she accessorized it with her diamond Asprey hoops and AELTC ribbon.
2019: Emilia Wickstead
Middleton went out with a bang for her final Wimbledon visit in 2019, choosing a gorgeous Emilia Wickstead dress in Cinderella blue for the men’s finals.
The duchess was all smiles as she handed the men’s singles trophy to Novak Djokovic, wearing a full-skirted frock with twisted details at the shoulders.
She repeated her In2Design pearl earrings and added her AELTC ribbon and a pair of tan ankle-strap heels by Aldo for the big day, which included the longest Wimbledon men’s final in history.
2021: Alessandra Rich & Smythe
Middleton made a welcome return to court after the 2020 championships were cancelled. It seems that the royal was eager for a return to the court, as she arrived at the tournament earlier than usual.
The duchess wore a navy polkadotted midi skirt by Alessandra rich instead of her usual white gown. This added a new dimension to an old favorite Smythe blazer($695) and white t-shirt
A floral face mask, white pumps from Jimmy Choo, and matching Mulberry bag were also worn by her. Simone Rocha pearl drop earrings were further added to the ensemble. double-strand gold necklace by Spells of Love($130) and a Daniella Draper pendant ($1,650).
2021: Emilia Wickstead
For the 2021 ladies’ finals, Middleton chose a cheerful green dress by one of her go-to designers, Emilia Wickstead.
The cap-sleeved, full-skirted dress was a slightly altered version of the brand’s “Denver”style, and the duchess wore her Jimmy Choo pumps again and a Mulberry bag for her second Wimbledon appearance.
Adding a gold and aquamarine bangle from Halcyon Days and sparkling Kiki McDonough earrings, Middleton cheered as she handed the ladies’ singles trophy — known as the Venus Rosewater Dish — to Australian Ashleigh Barty.
The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a lovely new pink look for her final visit to Wimbledon in 2021, joining the Duke of Kent — who was honored after he stepped down as president of the AELTC after 52 years — for the men’s finals.
Middleton chose a blush-hued dress “Ahana” dress by Beulah London($829) for the event. Accessorize with tan Aldo heels and her AELTC ribbon. Mappin & Webb “Empress” earrings($2,082) she was able to join the duke for a special present
2022: Alessandra Rich
The Duchess of Cambridge brought back a dress she wore during the Platinum Jubilee to attend a men’s quarter-final match in 2022, wearing a polka-dotted style by Alessandra Rich.
The bright blue dress featured a coordinating belt, pleated front, and Princess Diana-esque puff sleeves.
Middleton pinned the Wimbledon ribbon to her dress and added In2Design pearl drops. Prince William and her parents were also there for a fun day in tennis action.