Kate Middleton left the royal box at Wimbledon for a very important reason

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While it’s usually the children in the Cambridge family that make the most news, from Princess Charlotte’s signature sass to Prince Louis’ royal wave, this week it was Kate Middleton who got everyone talking, making a surprise visit to Wimbledon.

But it wasn’t her presence that made the most news, with the Duchess of Cambridge being patron of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Instead, it was her choice of matches to watch.

While Kate was expected to watch from the royal box, which she did for a lot of the day, the Duchess dashed out with pals Katie Boulter and Anne Keothavong to catch a match on court 14, surprising fans.

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Kate’s surprise visit to the small court was to support Harriet Dart, 22-year-old Brit player who was competing against USA’s Christina McHale.

The three women were al smiles as they cheered on Harriet, who won the match, beating Christina 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, to get through to the second round of Wimbledon.

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Harriet was reportedly only told that she was in the presence of royalty at the coin toss, when the chair umpire gave her a heads up.

And her thoughts on the matter? ‘I mean, it’s pretty surreal. Any of you had the Duchess watch you guys play?’

Congratulations to Harriet – we’re sure having the Duchess of Cambridge’s support was a big help!

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