Queen Camilla Joins Wimbledon’s Royal Box with Sister Annabel Elliot for an Exciting Day of Tennis and Philanthropy.
On Wednesday, Queen Camilla, at the age of 75, graced Wimbledon with her presence as the tennis championships entered their crucial late stages. As she arrived, she had the opportunity to meet former top British tennis player Johanna Konta, along with the dedicated staff members who have been supporting the prestigious tournament. Among them were two ball boys and girls, whose invaluable work was recently highlighted by Kate Middleton in a delightful video featuring tennis champion Roger Federer, created in anticipation of the tournament.
During her visit, Queen Camilla also took the chance to focus on causes close to her heart. She met with a detection dog handler and a search dog, recognizing their significant contributions. Additionally, she had the pleasure of meeting Teresa Harris, the founder of Learn to Love to Read. This literacy charity, which aids toddlers and children in their early years of primary school with reading and encourages parents to foster a love for reading at home, is supported by The Wimbledon Foundation, the championships’ philanthropic arm.
When Queen Camilla settled into her seat at the Royal Box in Centre Court, she was accompanied by a familiar face: her sister, Annabel Elliot. The two have attended Wimbledon together on numerous occasions in the past, but Annabel recently gained attention during the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla on May 6. Alongside Camilla’s friend Fiona Mary Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne, Annabel had the privilege of serving as a coronation attendant for the Queen during the crowning ceremony. As one of the six Queen’s Companions for Camilla, Annabel contributes to a modern twist on the traditional role of ladies-in-waiting, which has provided unwavering support to Queen Elizabeth throughout her reign.
Queen Camilla’s presence at the tennis matches followed the visit of Princess Kate during the early rounds of the tournament. The Princess of Wales is expected to return for the finals over the weekend. Last week, James, Princess Kate’s brother, and his pregnant wife, Alizee, occupied seats above Centre Court. On Tuesday, Lady Sarah Chatto, a royal relative, and daughter of the late Princess Margaret, attended the matches with her husband, Daniel, adding to the royal fanfare.
It was not only Queen Camilla who embraced the sporting action on Wednesday. Zara, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, accompanied by her husband Mike Tindall, enjoyed a delightful day date at Wimbledon. Peter Phillips, Zara’s brother, also attended the tournament with his girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace.
King Charles did not join his wife at Wimbledon, as he is not a regular attendee of the event. Throughout his reign, the monarch has only graced Wimbledon twice, in 1970 and 2012.
Since 2011, both Princess Kate and Prince William have become regulars at Wimbledon, attending the tournament together for the first time that year. Last year, they delightedly brought their impeccably dressed son, Prince George, for his Wimbledon debut, where he watched the men’s final.
In 2016, Kate assumed the patronage of this prestigious tennis club, a position formerly held by the late Queen Elizabeth. This honor not only entails the responsibility of awarding trophies but also involves wearing an exclusive green and purple bow tie pin, symbolizing her esteemed status.