09 July 2015

Royal Sporting Event of the Day: July 9

No Tiara Thursday today, but we do have a bevy of royals in their Wimbledon best. I'm just here to support #TeamSunglasses, people.

The Duchess of Cornwall turned up on Day 4 ready to go in her own version of tennis whites, plus a Wimbledon club hat, a fan, and some shades. She's examining her souvenir, a wrist band thrown from the court by Andy Murray, and looking as pleased as one can when receiving a sweaty piece of fabric to keep for one's very own.

The Windsors packed the royal box for Day 9 (yesterday), led by the Duchess of Cambridge and Secret Agent Wills. Kate wore a new red L.K.Bennett dress.

Next to them, a gleeful Countess of Wessex repeated a dress from Ascot. A light knit for Wimbledon seems about right to me. (Sophie also represented #TeamRealGlasses, another important cause.)

Wimbledon often gives us an international royal or two, and this year delivered a reigning prince. Next to Sophie, Prince Albert of Monaco sat with Monaco's ambassador to the United Kingdom. Anything for diplomacy, man.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall snuck in for a little shades action.

But nobody loves Wimbledon like the Kent side of the family. The Duke of Kent, President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, is always on hand to lead the way in his club tie. He's shown above on Day 7 and was also present on Day 9 along with his daughter, Lady Helen Taylor, and her husband, Tim Taylor. I just realized that Lady Helen was also present at the same pre-Wimbledon party Princess Marie-Chantal attended (which we discussed a while back):
And it takes a true accent bag to distract from trousers like these.

Prince and Princess Michael brought along their son, Lord Frederick Windsor, for Day 9. Doing their royal best to liven up the old They Wore Suits Brigade, these two.

VISOR ALERT. Well, I guess going incognito for the top of your head too would have just been too much.

Photos: via Getty Images as indicated