The Duchess of Sussex joined the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Matthews for today’s Ladies’ Singles Final at The Championships, Wimbledon.
Kate, who is Patron of the All England Lawn and Tennis and Croquet Club, arrived ahead of Meghan for a lunch with members and to spend time with players ahead of the match.
The Duchesses attended the Ladies’ Singles Final together last year as well.
Below, Kate, Meghan and Pippa Matthews chat before today’s match got underway.
Meghan attended today’s finals to support her friend, number 11 seed Serena Williams of the US. Her opponent today was number 7 seed Simona Halep of Romania.
Meghan made a surprise appearance on Day 4 of this year’s Championships; she was there with close friends Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth to watch Serena play.
It looked like the royals enjoyed today’s match.
Ahead of the match today, Wimbledon posted a historic video clip from 60 years ago this week. It features Maria Bueno, the only South American to win the Ladies’ Singles Championship. In the video, you will see also Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent presenting Ms. Bueno with the trophy.
Ahead of the ladies’ singles final, we remember Brazil’s Maria Bueno
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019
Below, the royals watching today’s match. On the far left, you see Philip Brook, Wimbledon chairman.
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This is Mr. Brook’s last year as chairman, after nine years in the position. Serena Williams has been vocal in describing her fondness for the chairman. More from this Daily Express piece:
Like, he’ll pass my practice court and has this great big smile on his face. He really makes me feel welcome every year. He is always smiling.
I literally will be on the court and I swear I see him smiling. That is such a good moment and memory to have of Philip. I didn’t know it was his last year. So it’s sad. He just really made my Wimbledon experience.
The match was off to a quick start with Simona Halep taking the opening set 6-2.
Serena in action during the first set.
The match was over quickly with Halep finishing as the winner, 6-2 in the second set.
Below Serena and Simona embrace after the match.
The duchesses and Pippa Matthews applauding after the match.
Below, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, presents the new champion with the winner’s Venus Rosewater Dish. The Duke is President of the All England Club.
Simona Halep with the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship dish.
After today’s loss, Serena was gracious in speaking about her opponent.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019
Meghan has long supported her friend at Wimbledon. Below you see her at 2016 Ladies’ Singles Finals. That year Serena was victorious.
Here is something fun Susan Courter caught this morning on ESPN’s Breakfast at Wimbledon. The show featured Chris Fava, a Wimbledon superfan. Each year Mr. Fava heads to the Championships sporting Wimbledon-themed outfits that he creates. He has now become quite the fan-favorite as well as a media sensation.
Chris Fava as Centre Court Man – Wimbledon 2019 more from the Evening Standard:
“I had this vision of sitting on Centre Court with a white line going straight from my middle and over my face, so that was the initial inspiration,” Mr. Fava said.
“I wanted it to look in a way couture, or “court-oure”. So I wanted it to be high fashion, silly but really cool and eye catching.”
Below, Chris in this year’s costume on the Wimbledon homepage.
The outfit took four months to create; he says it takes about an hour to put it on each day.
The costume is now a part of the Wimbledon museum alongside items from champions like Serena Williams and Andy Murray.
For 2018, Chris created “Trophy Man” and it was brilliant in all it’s shining detail! He says this is his favorite costume thus far.
Be sure to follow Chris Fava on his Instagram account @chrisfavabean.
UPDATE 16 July: Chris Fava featured on The Tennis Channel – here is a great video clip about Chris posted on his Instagram account:
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Now to what Meghan wore for today’s match.
Her skirt is by BOSS, the brand’s Vesplisa Pleated Skirt ($375).
Crafted of 100% polyester, its most striking detail is the abstract blue and black brushstroke motif. The midi-length piece is high-waisted with a concealed side zipper. It is available at Harvey Nichols ($375) and also in stock at Saks ($545). Thank you to Michelle of MF Fashion & Styling Perth for this ID!
UPDATE: Meghan’s button-down white shirt was a repeat wear. The shirt is from Givenchy and was first seen at the Endeavour Awards in February.
Below, right, is a similar style shirt from the brand – the oversized long-sleeve shirt in cotton ($1040), currently on sale at Farfetch for $416; there are only limited sizes left.
It appears that Meghan may be wearing her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps from the video clips of her arriving at Wimbledon. The shoes are available at the following online sites: Nordstrom in select sizes, $625 / Neiman Marcus, All sizes, $665 / Selfridges in select sizes, $540.
Another new item the Duchess carried today was a bag by Stella McCartney. The style is the Grace clutch. It is white embossed faux-leather with a goldtone braideded chain handle. The piece is not currently available.
Meghan also brought back her Pippa Small Durga Ring ($1190).
Another repeat item we saw on Meghan today was her Le Specs Bandwagon sunglasses ($69), first worn in Fraser Island on the Australia Tour. The black tort color Meghan is wearing is not currently available. The style is available in a black matte and a number of other colors. Amazon offers the black matte for $64.95.
We have a couple of quick shopping updates to share today. The first is a reminder about the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
One reason the sale is so popular is that the merchandise is new-season goods, not what is left of a previous season’s collection. Once the Anniversary Sale ends, the prices go back up. This is the Those with a Nordstrom card can access the sale beginning now through the 18th of July.
For those who are not members, the All-Access sale starts July 19th, running through August 4th.
A reminder for savvy shoppers, Amazon’s annual Prime Day (now expanded to two days) with the associated sale pricing and promotions is next Monday/Tuesday, 15 & 16 July.
If thinking about shopping, the NY Times has a good piece titled 5 Things to Avoid on Amazon Prime Day.
One part of the sale generating the biggest buzz: the launch of Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories cosmetics line. In social media posts, the entertainer spoke about the line’s origins.
When I was young, I never felt beautiful. And as I struggled to find a sense of both inner and outer beauty, I discovered the power of makeup.
I remember watching my mother put her makeup on every morning, basking in the glow of her power to put on her bravest face as the hard working woman she was.
It was then that I invented Lady Gaga. I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be.
The brand and will also be available on the Haus Labs site.
The “cruelty-free, vegan gems feature a prism design which speaks to how multi-faceted we are as humans.” The Amazon Prime sale starts at 12 a.m. PST on Monday, July 15, through 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday, July 16 (while supplies last).
We’ll continue to update the post on today’s events and the upcoming sales.
We’ll leave you with these two fun photos from “Tennis Past”.
REMINDER: We may see Meghan with Harry tomorrow evening for the Lion King premiere in London!