The Duchess of Cambridge stunned tennis fans worldwide as she narrated a short video dedicated to the canceled Wimbledon, which was shared on the tournament’s official Instagram page.
The last few months have been difficult for sports fans worldwide with the canceling or postponement of major tournaments due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Tennis fans are the latest victims of the infamous trend. The Wimbledon tournament, popularly known as the SW19 has been canceled with British authorities still trying to grapple with the crippling effect of COVID-19.
The 2-week tournament, which was billed to start today, June 29, was canceled. In a move that was pleasantly surprising, avid tennis fan, Kate Middleton narrated a short film dedicated to the failed opening of SW19.
“350 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes between the last ball hit and when the next was meant to be. Over the years, your support has shaped this historic event.”
Before Kate joined the Royal family as the wife of Prince William, she had always been a regular at the annual tournament, a trend which she has continued in recent years.
In 2016, Kate Middleton took over as the patron of AELTC, after the Queen retired from the role following sixty-four years of exemplary leadership.
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, fans of tennis, including Kate Middleton, can only hope that things will get better.
One of Kate’s most memorable appearances at the SW19 in recent years came in 2018 when she made a joint appearance with the Duchess of Sussex, where the duo cheered on the former Royals’ good friend Serena Williams.
The Duchess of Cambridge has watched several finals of the tournament, including the men’s final in 2013 and 2016, which Andy Murray won. Like many fans of the sport, Kate would be disappointed by the canceled event. While concluding her narration, she said:
“This year sadly though, things are very different, but we will bide our time until we sit on the edge of our seats again and celebrate again.”
Due to the ravaging novel Coronavirus pandemic, the historic call to cancel the competition makes it the first time Wimbledon would be canceled since the second World War.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge has been self-isolating with her husband, Prince William, and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Last week, Kate took a break from her quarantining as she visited the Nook center in Norfolk, which is run by the chariot East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. There, she planted a sunflower as a tribute to the Self family who lost their son Fraser, 9, earlier this year.
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, fans of tennis, including Kate Middleton, can only hope that things will get better, and their favorite sport will be back with a bang in 2021.
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