Wimbledon Organizers Are “Hopeful” that Princess Kate Will Be In Attendance This Year, “But Her Health and Recovery Is the Priority”

The Princess of Wales’ summer staples in her diary are royal events like Trooping the Colour, Order of the Garter, and Royal Ascot in June; Wimbledon in July; and a visit with the rest of the family to Balmoral, where they trek off to each August to cap off the summer together in Scotland. 

But 2024 is anything but a regular year for Kate, and so-called normalcy—whatever that is, anyway—has been blown to smithereens by her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. Though Kate did attend Trooping the Colour on June 15—the first time she’d been seen on royal duty since Christmas Day 2023—she skipped both the Order of the Garter service and Royal Ascot the next week (which she would have normally attended), as well as the Japanese state banquet earlier this week. Coming up next? Wimbledon—an event that she not only attends each year, but deeply enjoys. Will she attend the tennis tournament? Well, organizers seem hopeful. 

Kate Middleton at Wimbledon 2023

Kate is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and has been since 2016.

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Kate is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a patronage given to her specifically by Queen Elizabeth in 2016. (Her late Majesty held the patronage from 1952—the year she became Queen—until personally handing it over to her granddaughter-in-law 64 years later.) AELTC chair Debbie Jevans told Telegraph Sport that, amid her ongoing cancer treatment, they will give Kate “as much flexibility as possible,” with Telegraph Sport further reporting that the call on who will present trophies may not be made until the morning of the finals. (In addition to watching tennis from the Royal Box, Kate presents trophies to the tournament’s winners as part of her patronage.)