Game, set and match to the Middletons: Kate and Pippa are Centre Court queens as they take front row seats in Royal box
Looking stunning Pippa takes seat alongside her big sister in the Royal Box
Kate wearing dress she has worn once before and jacket she has worn on two other occasions
Duchess of Cambridge waved to fans on arrival at championships before greeting dignitaries
Princess is wearing a pair of 495 gold and citrine earrings by
Kiki McDonoughCarol and Michael Midddleton also on centre court to cheer on Murray
08:47 GMT, 9 July 2012
It was arguably the hottest sporting ticket of all time.
And Britain’s high society stalwarts didn’t disappoint as they begged, borrowed and charmed their way into Centre Court yesterday to watch Andy Murray’s quest for glory.
There was a prime minister, a former England football captain and even a Time Lord. But it was, perhaps inevitably, the impeccably dressed Middleton sisters who stole the show.
Side by side, with their glossy brunette blow-dries styled to perfection, they were greeted with wolf whistles and cheers as they entered the Royal Box.
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It's all over now: Pippa Middleton and her sister the Duchess of Cambridge salute Roger Federer and Andy Murray during the trophy presentation
The Duchess of Cambridge waved excitedly to fans as she and her 28-year-old sister took their front-row seats.
Kate looked as impossibly chic as
ever in a cream Joseph ensemble of the 480 ‘Nessie’ tweed jacket, which
debuted last year at the Epsom Derby, and a 275 crepe shift ‘Vanessa’
dress which she bought for last summer’s North American tour.
Pippa, ever the more fashion-forward,
went for a Project D 350 ‘Phoebe’ frock decorated with bluebirds and
designed by Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb.
Big fashion ticks for both the peplum
style and the on-trend print. But more importantly, and most
engagingly, as keen tennis fans they seemed delighted at being able to
watch such a nail-biting match live.
Looking good: Come on Andy! The Middleton sisters look confident – and delighted at their front row seats
He'll do it: Both now wearing sunglasses, Kate and Pippa are clearly being dazzled by Murray's feisty play, or perhaps it was a rare spell of sunshine
He will do it… won't he Pippa's seeming a bit concerned, but her sister appears to have comforting words
That was close! The Duchess tensely clasps her hands but Pippa's smile suggests the action, on this occasion, went Murray's way
Even when some wag yelled from the
crowd, ‘I love you, Pippa’, she was too engrossed to register. It was
left to her sister to relay the information, at which both girls
suffered an attack of the giggles.
As the dramatic match see-sawed
towards first Murray and then Federer, they ‘ooo-ed’ and ‘aahh-ed’ with
excitement and trepidation. Their faces mirrored the tense emotion felt
by the whole Centre Court crowd and, when Federer finally prevailed,
Kate, 30, clapped enthusiastically.
But even she, doe-eyes downcast in an
attempt to control her emotions, had to bite her wobbling lip when
Murray’s tears seemed to dissolve everyone else.
Their parents, Carole and Michael,
were also there – in debenture seats courtesy of their friends Jane and
Tony Henman (parents of Tim), with whom they play tennis.
Family affair: Kate's mother Carol and father Michael arrive at a rainy Wimbledon earlier today
Treading carefully: Clutching a leopard skin bag and sunglasses Kate heads to her seat followed by Pippa
Brushing up: Kate, left, and Pippa, right, keep
their hair out of their eyes as they head to their seats in the Royal
Box at Wimbledon
Emotional: Smiles, claps and flustered expressions as Kate takes shows the rollercoaster of watching Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final on her face
Meanwhile, other members of the aristocracy were putting the ‘Royal’ into the 76-seat Royal Box.
Prince Michael of Kent was there, with his indomitable wife Princess
Pushy, in his role as President of the All-England Club and
trophy-presenter in chief.
Lord Freddie Windsor and his actress
wife Sophie Winkleman sprinkled some LA stardust but, along with the
Kents, were turfed out of their normal front-row seats in favour of Kate
The political class was also well represented. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond had managed to bag one of the plum seats.
Next to him and his wife Moira was London mayor Boris Johnson (who cheered and harumped loudly) with wife Marina.
Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson as Murray slips to defeat in the fourth and final set
Completing the line-up was Nick
Clegg, whose tennis-playing opponents have sometimes landed him in a
political tight spot – whether it be David Cameron or News Corp lobbyist
And the Royal Box wouldn’t have been
complete without the Prime Minister himself, who brought his mother Mary
instead of SamCam. An avid tennis player, he joined in the ferocious
clapping and yelling of Murray’s name.
Elsewhere in Centre Court were various celebrities from the world of sport, showbusiness and music.
Rupert Murdoch was there with his wife Wendi, as was Manchester United
manager Alex Ferguson.Also spotted in the stands were the Beckhams,
actor Jude Law, Dr Who star Matt Smith and Ronnie Wood and girlfriend
And of course it wouldn’t have been
Wimbledon without Sir Cliff Richard. Although not in the Royal Box this
year, he ensured he didn’t go unnoticed thanks to his particularly
atrocious Union Flag jacket.
Quick getaway: Kate and Pippa make their exit from centre court following the match
In the driving seat: Kate takes the wheel of her Range Rover as the two sisters drive away
Leaving: The siblings outside Centre Court as they depart Wimbledon following Andy Murray's final heartbreak
SO HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET THEIR LOOK
Sleek: The Duchess of Cambridge's 275 crepe
shift dress was previously donned on the North America tour with her
husband last year
Glistening: Kate wore a pair of 495 gold and citrine earrings by Kiki McDonough – the same pair she wore last week to watch William installed into the Order of the Thistle
Striking: The Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge
Wild: Kate's leopard-print clutch bag is a Diane von Furstenburg piece, another item recycled from her North American tour wardrobe of last July
Summery: Pippa Middleton wore a bluebird print peplum dress by Project D, the label designed by Danni Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb
Buckingham Palace spokesman also revealed the Queen had kept the
weekend free of engagements following her recent trip to Scotland.
The spokesman said: 'The Queen keeps up to date with the news and reads the newspapers, so she's seen Murray's progress.'
However, Prince William had a prior commitment and was not in the crowd.
prices for the final soared with online ticket marketplace Viagogo
saying the average ticket sale price jumped from 3-4,000 to an average
It was in 1938 that a Briton, Bunny
Austin, last made it to the men’s final at Wimbledon. Eleven others have
fallen at the semi-final stage since then, with Murray having lost in
that round for the last three years on the trot.
The nation awaited excitedly to see if the 25-year-old Scot could be its first champion since Fred Perry in 1936, but he crashed out in four sets to Federer.
television audiences watched the Briton take on the Swiss maestro.
VIDEO: Pippa, Kate, Posh, and Becks watch Federer beat Murray at Wimbledon…