Ashleigh Barty has triumphed in the Wimbledon final in front of Kate and Prince William on the duchess’s first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an Covid-infected person.
The Australian played a spectacular game against Czech Karolina Pliskova to win her first Wimbledon championship title on the 50th anniversary of her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s maiden win.
Barty – who wore a scallop-hemmed dress to honour Goolagong – took the first set this afternoon, with Czech Pliskova off to a hesitant start as the pair went head-to-head on Centre Court.
The former world No. 1 then performed an impressive u-turn, winning the second set to rapturous applause from the crowd.
But she was no match for the Australian ace, who took the third and final decider set before collapsing on the floor in relief. It marks the first time a women’s final has ended this way in 15 years.
The Duchess of Cambridge, the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, presented the champion with her trophy alongside president of the All England Club the Duke of Kent as the crowd cheered.
Kate spent her first day out of self isolation at the game alongside her husband Prince William, with the pair seen sharing jokes and laughing together.
The duchess was first alerted about her contact’s positive test last Friday – after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks.
Ashleigh Barty has triumphed in the Wimbledon final in front of Kate and Prince William (pictured cheering) on the duchess’s first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an Covid-infected person
Kate (pictured with William) spent seven days isolating, but returned to public engagements this afternoon at Wimbledon to watch Australian first seed Ashleigh Barty take on Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waited in their seats in the royal box ahead of the Wimbledon women’s final match today
Kate cheered as Barty took the first set this afternoon, with Pliskova off to a hesitant start as the pair went head-to-head on Centre Court
The Australian (left) played a spectacular game against Czech Karolina Pliskova (hugging after the match, right) to win her first Wimbledon championship title on the 50th anniversary of her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s maiden win
The Duchess of Cambridge, the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, presented the champion with her trophy
Kate walked out to present the trophies today. She cut an elegant figure in an emerald green gown
The Duchess of Cambridge hands Karolina Pliskova the runners up trophy after the final today
Pliskova was no match for the Australian ace (pictured celebrating), who took the third and final decider set before collapsing on the floor.
Kate cheered as Barty (pictured) took the first set this afternoon, with Pliskova off to a hesitant start as the pair went head-to-head on Centre Court
Pliskova celebrates winning a point against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the Wimbledon women’s finals today
Kate erupted into fits of laughter while sat in the stands at Wimbledon. She and William watched the women’s final today
Kate and William were seen reacting alongside other Royal Box spectators during the match today
Actress Priyanka Chopra was seated two rows behind the royal couple, who watched today’s match between Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova
Barty – who wore a scallop-hemmed dress to honour Goolagong – took the first set this afternoon, with Czech Pliskova off to a hesitant start as the pair went head-to-head on Centre Court. Pictured: The Cambridges cheered from the royal box
The duchess (pictured) is said to have had her second vaccination even though it is only just over five weeks since she released pictures of her getting her first at the Science Museum in London
She spent the following seven days isolating, but returned to public engagements this afternoon at Wimbledon to watch Australian first seed Ashleigh Barty take on world No. 13 Karolina Pliskova. It is both women’s first time in the Wimbledon final.
The duchess donned a £1,360, emerald green Emilia Wickstead gown – with altered capped sleeves – which she paired with a cream-coloured handbag and matching heels.
The Cambridges were joined in the Royal Box by the Duke of Kent – who will present his last trophy tomorrow before stepping down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also seated near to the royal couple, as was London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Kate will go to the men’s final on her own on Sunday, with Prince William expected to watch England take on Italy in the Euros 2020 final in Wembley.
Kate smiled as she looked towards the sky during the women’s final at Wimbledon this afternoon
It is both Barty and Pliskova’s first time in the Wimbledon final. Kate is seen reacting to during the game
Kate took off her mask as she spoke to her husband who was seated beside her today. Kate will go to the men’s final on her own on Sunday, with Prince William expected to watch England take on Italy in the Euros 2020 final in Wembley
Kate looked radiant in her emerald green frock on her first day out of self isolation. She wore her hair in loose, tousled curls
Kate beamed in the stands as the match got underway. She was also seen slipping on some sunglasses to shield her eyes from the bright summer sunshine
William and Kate were in excellent spirits as they smiled at each other during the match at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The Cambridges (pictured) were joined in the Royal Box by the Duke of Kent – who will present his last trophy tomorrow before stepping down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service
Radiant Kate glowed from the stands at Wimbledon. She wore a £1,360, emerald green Emilia Wickstead gown
The couple laughed as they looked towards Centre Court today. Lulu was seated two rows behind the Cambridges
Kate, Prince William and former-tennis player Billie Jean King shared a joke ahead of today’s match
However, there is confusion over Kate being out of quarantine already, despite only staring self-isolating on July 2.
Under current guidelines, the Duchess should have quarantined for 10 days after contact, which suggests that it took place last Wednesday, or June 30.
Kensington Palace said her self-isolation period will have finished by Saturday but did not confirm when it officially ended.
Kate is understood to have been alerted personally and was not ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace app, leaving the All England Club at 5pm on Friday 2.
This is significantly earlier than she has done in previous years, and the move forced her to miss her friend Andy Murray take on Canadian opponent Denis Shapovalov.
Former tennis-pro King appeared to be a hit with the royal couple. She was seen speaking to them ahead of today’s match
Kate’s and William looked a picture of happiness as they waited for today’s match to start
King and the Cambridge’s laughed raucously from the Royal Box before the game began
Kate laughed in the royal box as she waited for today’s game to begin. The Duke of Kent joined the couple at the match today
It is Kate’s first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an infected person last week. She is seated next to William
However, there is confusion over Kate (pictured at Wimbledon today) being out of quarantine already, despite only staring self-isolating on July 2
The Cambridges were joined in the Royal Box by The Duke of Kent – who present his last trophy tomorrow before stepping down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also seated near to the royal couple, as was London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured)
British tennis player Emma Raducanu gives the thumb up while in the stands before the women’s final
On Friday Kate spotted looking serious as she was driven out of Wimbledon’s gates heading for Kensington Palace, where she was later holed up and unable to leave – even for food or medicine.
She was not permitted to have visitors in her home, including family and friends, and was even told to avoid contact with anyone she lives with as much as possible.
Her quarantine prevented the Duchess from attending the NHS’ 73rd birthday celebrations with William at St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Sources stressed that she followed rules laid down at Wimbledon, which require visitors to wear a mask when moving through the grounds at SW19 but not while sitting in the stands.
The Duchess of Cambridge was alerted to a contact with a Covid-infected person last Friday afternoon (pictured that day)- after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks
Pippa Middleton cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband and parents for a family day out at Wimbledon
Her parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also on hand to take in the action but were seated in the Royal Box with VIPs including the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman
James Matthews enjoyed a refreshing drink as he took his seat next to Pippa for the semi-final match at Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, 37, kept a low profile in a pair of sunglasses and a trendy blue and white dress
All smiles: Carole and Michael Middleton took their seats in the Royal Box on Centre court and clapped as the match unfolded
Ready for the action to begin! An eager Carole, dressed in red, leaned forward when waiting for today’s matches to start
Duke of Kent will present last trophy after 52 years
By INDERDEEP BAINS for the Daily Mail
The duchess’s return to SW19 comes as the Duke of Kent steps down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service.
The 85-year-old first cousin of the Queen will be presenting the men’s singles trophy for the final time on Sunday, having done so on 350 occasions, to champions from Rod Laver and Ann Jones to Roger Federer, Sir Andy Murray and Serena Williams.
Strong serve: The Duke of Kent hands the men’s trophy to Aussie Rod Laver (left) and Sir Andy Murray
The duke said: ‘It has been an honour to serve this remarkable institution for as long as I have. To have seen this tournament, and the game of tennis, grow and inspire generations over the span of five decades has been an extraordinary experience, and I am incredibly proud to have been a part of it. I look forward now to watching as the young players of today pursue ever higher standards of excellence and I shall continue to cheer them on as they do.’
During his time, the duke opened six courts and facilities at Wimbledon, including the new Court One in 1997. He also ended the long-standing tradition of Centre Court players bowing or curtseying to the royal box in 2003, saying he thought it was ‘time to stop it’.
In 2019, Kate presented the men’s trophy to Novak Djokovic, in recognition of her role as patron. It is not clear who will present the Rosewater Dish after the women’s final. The All England Club said last night there were no immediate plans to fill the president’s position.
The duchess is said to have had her second vaccination even though it is only just over five weeks since she released pictures of her getting her first at the Science Museum in London.
Until Thursday, the guidelines stipulated an 11 or 12-week gap between jabs for under-40s not classed as vulnerable, although in some cases a shorter wait was allowed.
Her ten-day self-isolation period includes the day on which she was last in contact with the person who tested positive. If it was on Wednesday, she could, in theory, be free to return to official duties by the weekend.
MailOnline understands she was alerted about the contact with a Covid-infected person on Friday afternoon – after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman, who is not self-isolating.
It means she must quarantine for ten days even if she tests negative, which she has, up to four times, in the past seven days including before and after her Wembley trip with William and George.
It is not known if the Duchess of Cambridge was alerted after being ‘pinged’ via the NHS app, a phone call from test and trace or if she or her team was contacted personally – but William’s ability to continue his duties means the covid case is unlikely to be in their inner circle.
When her isolation was revealed, Kensington Palace said in a statement: ‘Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
‘Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home’.
Kensington Palace has not revealed where or when exactly the contact was only saying it was ‘last week’, when Kate’s only two public engagements were at the All England Club on Friday and with William and George at England’s historic win over Germany on Tuesday night.
Kate has spent time close to a host of VIPs including David Beckham and Ed Sheeran at Wembley and Tim Henman and Joe Wicks at Wimbledon.
But it is not known if any of them tested positive for Covid, or whether the contact came via a friend, a member of staff or another parent on the school run last week.
The Duchess arrived at Wimbledon at around 11am on July 2 and was joined by Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton and former British tennis player Tim Henman on an outside court where they watched Andy Murray’s brother Jamie play.
She was also pictured laughing and smiling as she prepped strawberry desserts at the All England Club before heading to the Royal Box where she seen speaking to a beaming Joe Wicks, leaving around 5pm.
Kate’s only other public engagement was on Tuesday when she went to Wembley Stadium with William and George to watch England beat Germany.
Also in attendance were Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman
Carole and Michael, front row, right-hand side, joined VIPs including David Beckham and Pat Cash in the Royal Box
Pippa and James were seated elsewhere with other spectators and looked gripped as the match unfolded
The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister and her husband clapped at one point during the semi-final match at Wimbledon today
Pippa Middleton looked stylish in a blue and white gingham dress with puffball sleeves and wore her hair in a ponytail
James Matthews enjoyed a glass of Pimm’s in the stands while his wife kept a close eye on the action
James was seen finishing off his drink in the stands on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon this afternoon
Looking good: Tom certainly pulled out all the stops for the outing, looking dapper in a navy three-piece suit and black lace-up shoes
Company: The actor was joined at the event by his Mission Impossible co-star Hayley Atwell, 39, who looked radiant in a white patterned maxi dress teamed with a smart cream coat draped over her shoulders
A palace source said that the Duchess took lateral flow tests before both engagements and both were negative. In addition to this, the Duchess is tested twice weekly with lateral flow tests as part of the Royal Household testing regime, meaning she had four negative tests in that time.
Also spotted at Wimbledon today were Kate’s sister Pippa, 37, and their parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
Pippa cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband for a family day out at Wimbledon.
Gorgeous: Meanwhile, Katherine was turning heads for all the right reasons in her summer dress, which featured a pretty ruffled collar and a tie waist detail
Couple’s outing: The singer, who wore her blonde locks in a centre-parting, appeared in great spirts as she strolled with her film producer husband Andrew Levitas
Stunning: Katherine looked lovely in her floaty blue number as she joined her husband, who looked smart in a blue three-piece suit
Fabulous: Lulu meanwhile certainly made a style statement in her bold tangerine blazer, which she teamed with a loose white cotton top and white skinny jeans
Priyanka Chopra looked chic as she arrived for day 12 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships today
She kept a low profile in a pair of sunglasses and £185 Ralph Lauren wrap dress as she took her seat next to James Matthews to watch the men’s semi-final match between Itay’s Matteo Berrettini and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Carole and Michael Middleton were also on hand to take in the action but were seated in the Royal Box with VIPs including the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman.
Business owner Carole, 66, looked chic in a £350 red sundress, cinched at the waist with a flattering fabric belt, while husband Michael, 72, appeared sharp in a navy suit and polka dot tie. The frock is from Australian label Scanlan Theodore, which has previously worn by her future daughter-in-law Alizee Thevenet.
Sporting royalty lead the stars in the Royal Box: David Beckham, Denise Lewis and Pat Cash sit side-by-side to watch the men’s semi-final at Wimbledon (but how many other VIPs can YOU name?)
By Jessica Green and Monica Greep For Mailonline
With world number one Novak Djokovic and seventh seed Matteo Berrettini both playing today, it’s no wonder that plenty of famous faces could be seen in the Royal Box on day 11 of the Wimbledon Championships.
From British actor Andy Serkis and David Beckham to Prince Michael of Kent, some of the most known attendees were eagerly watching the action on Centre Court today.
Past faces in the exclusive box have included the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and Sir Richard Branson, among others.
Taking their seats this afternoon were a fine smattering of celebrities, including David Beckham, who put his best fashion foot forward in a white blazer, teamed with navy trousers and a pair of stylish sunglasses. He was joined by sporting greats Olympic winner Denise Lewis and Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.
The royalty in the box included Prince Michael of Kent, who was joined by his son and daughter-in-law, Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the who’s who of the Royal Box…
With world number one Novak Djokovic and seventh seed Matteo Berrettini both playing today, it’s no wonder that plenty of famous faces could be seen in the Royal Box (pictured) on day 11 of the Wimbledon Championships
1&2 Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman
Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, looked relaxed as he enjoyed the day of tennis alongside his actress wife Sophie Winkleman (pictured together)
Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, looked relaxed as he enjoyed the day of tennis alongside his actress wife Sophie Winkleman, who is best known for playing Big Suze in the sitcom Peep Show alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
The couple were married in September 2009 at Hampton Court Palace, after meeting each other on a night out in Soho.
Lord Frederick and Sophie, who moved to LA for a number of years after their wedding for her work, welcomed their first child, daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina, seven, in August 2013, and daughter, Isabella Alexandra May, four, was born in January 2016.
Sophie is half-sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, with whom she shares father Barry Winkleman, and was educated at the private City of London School for Girls before completing an English degree at the University of Cambridge.
3 Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent (pictured right), 76, is the paternal cousin of the Queen. His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the younger brother of King Edward VIII and the Queen’s father, King George VI
Prince Michael of Kent, 76, is the paternal cousin of the Queen. His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the younger brother of King Edward VIII and the Queen’s father, King George VI.
In 1978, Prince Michael married divorcee Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna. She was then given the title Princess Michael of Kent.
Although he is not a working royal and does not receive income from the Sovereign Grant, Prince Michael does still carry out regular engagements on behalf of Her Majesty and is often seen at big family events such as Trooping the Colour.
The prince is a regular fixture at Wimbledon and is often spotted returning to the tennis competition each year, alongside his family, including his wife Princess Michael of Kent.
4&5 Carole and Michael Middleton
Carole and Michael Middleton (pictured) are the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, Pippa Middleton, 37, and James Middleton, 34
Carole and Michael Middleton are the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, Pippa Middleton, 37, and James Middleton, 34.
They regularly attend Wimbledon, and in previous years, as well as today, the couple have been seen in the most exclusive seating area, the Royal Box.
But a spot in the box is not guaranteed; even when your daughter is Kate Middleton, and Carole and daughter Pippa, who are avid tennis fans, were awkwardly just outside of the prestigious seating area famously reserved for royals, athletes and well-connected society folk in 2017.
6&7 Timothy Peake and his wife Rebecca
Tim Peake (pictured) and his wife Rebecca were among the esteemed guests in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today
Tim Peake and his wife Rebecca were among the esteemed guests in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today.
The Army Air Corps officer, 49, was the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to visit the International Space Station, launching on a Soyuz rocket on 15 December 2015.
He was joined by cremates Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko and spent six months in space. In his first month, Tim conducted a spacewalk to repair the Station’s power supply.
In 2017, Tim and his wife joined NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel and his wife Indira to watch The Championships in the Royal Box. The astronaut and wife Rebecca wed in April 2000. The couple have two children Oliver and Thomas.
8 David Beckham
Football legend David Beckham (pictured) was among the guests at Wimbledon today where he was seen chatting with other athletes in the Royal Box
David appeared alone without his wife Victoria and their children, Brooklyn, 22, Romeo, 18, Cruz, 16, and Harper, nine
Football legend David Beckham was among the guests at Wimbledon today where he was seen chatting with other athletes in the Royal Box.
The former England captain is a regular at the event and looked dapper in a cream suit and navy and light blue tie, teamed with a pair of stylish summer sunglasses.
He appeared alone without his wife Victoria and their children, Brooklyn, 22, Romeo, 18, Cruz, 16, and Harper, nine.
9 Denise Lewis
The former track and field athlete (pictured left), who won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, carried a white blazer in hand in case the weather took a turn
Denise Lewis, OBE, looked sensational in a sage midi dress that she teamed with brown wedges when appearing at Wimbledon today.
The former track and field athlete, who won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, carried a white blazer in hand in case the weather took a turn.
The British sports presenter also won World Championships silver medals in 1997 and 1999, and was twice Commonwealth Games champion and 1998 European Champion.
10 Pat Cash
Australian tennis star Pat Cash (pictured right) won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1987, beating then world number-one Ivan Lendl in the final
Australian tennis star Pat Cash won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1987, beating then world number-one Ivan Lendl in the final.
The 56-year-old who also made Australian Open finals in 1987 and 1988, famously climbed into the players’ box to hug his girlfriend and coach after winning Wimbledon.
He divorced Brazilian wife Emily Bendit in 2002, after 12 years of marriage. The pair has twin boys – Shannon and Jett Cash – who were born in 1994. Cash also had two children in a previous relationship with former Norwegian model Anne-Britt Kristiansen.
11 Sir David Suchet
Actor David Suchet sits in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch the men’s semi-finals on the eleventh day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club
Actor David Suchet, 75, is most famous for playing Hercule Poirot in ITV’s long-running series of whodunnits featuring Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth, a role he championed for 25 years (1989-2013).
David was approached to play Poirot in the late Eighties, by the trustees of Agatha Christie’s estate – her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks.
They had watched him as Sigmund Freud in a TV mini-series, as the blackmailing gardener Blott in a Tom Sharpe comedy, and in the Poirot movie Thirteen At Dinner – playing Inspector Japp, opposite Peter Ustinov’s Poirot.
Acclaimed actor David is an avid tennis fan and even played at Wimbledon in the junior tournament, where he got through to the second round as a teenager.
12 Sir Simon Russell Beale
Sir Simon Russell Beale (pictured left, with Andy Serkis) with British actor studied English at Cambridge University and began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Sir Simon Russell Beale studied English at Cambridge University and began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Since then his extensive theatre roles have won him three Olivier awards and a Tony for Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers on Broadway in 2004.
His film works include The Deep Blue Sea and The Death of Stalin, for which he won a British Independent Film award for best supporting actor.
13 Liam Fox
Liam Fox (pictured far left, wearing a light blue tie) is the former Secretary of State for International Trade. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament for North Somerset since 2010
Liam Fox is the former Secretary of State for International Trade. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament for North Somerset since 2010.
The doctor was first elected in 1992, and worked as a GP in Nailsea, Somerset, before becoming a member of Parliament.
He is patron of a large number of local organisations and charities including Mencap, Children’s Hospice South West and Portishead lifeboat.
14 Tim Davie
Tim Davie is the BBC’s director-general, having taken on the role on 1 September 2020. He was formerly the chief executive officer of BBC Studios.
Having studied English at Selwyn College, Cambridge, Tim Davie first joined the BBC as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences in April 2005.
He was awarded a CBE in 2018, for services to international trade and was appointed Chairman of the Creative Industries Council. He is also Chairman of Comic Relief and a Trustee of the Tate and the Royal Television Society.