Carole's Royal hat trick! After landing Jubilee and Ascot invites, now the Duchess of Cambridge's mother makes it into the royal box at Wimbledon
08:40 GMT, 4 July 2012
Last week Carole Middleton had to make do with watching Roger Federer's win alongside the real people of South-West London.
But today William's mother-in-law was able to ditch the general public and make use of those regal connections as she and husband Michael prepared to enjoy the fourth round singles clash between David Ferrer of Spain and Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro from the royal box.
Wearing a delicate pink boucle skirt suit and a rather broad smile Carole seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere from the luxury of the prestigious seats.
Beaming: Carole and Michael Middleton enjoy a day out in the Royal box
Studious: the couple settle down to look over the day's matches
Taking prime position in the plush box alongside the Queen's cousin Prince Edward, the
Duke of Kent, the All England Club president and Bahraini royal Sheikh
Mohammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifa, Kate's parents managed to avoid the rain that blighted the rest of the courts while soaking up the atmosphere on Centre Court.
Carole and Michael aren't the only Middletons to enjoy the exclusive seats at this year's tournament.
Last week brother and sister James and Pippa caused a
stir as they arrived in the royal box to watch Andy Murray battle
through the third round.
The Middleton family are big tennis
fans, and Pippa especially is a regular face at the tournament as well
as a member of the Queen's Tennis Club.
Pretty in pink: Carole is all smiles as she celebrates being centre court at the famous tennis championships
After seeing the rest of her family
parading through the Wimbledon courts fans are hoping that the Duchess
of Cambridge herself makes an appearance.
2011 Kate and William stopped by, and Kate thrilled fashion fans by
wearing an all-white tennis inspired dress by British designer Alice
Carole's visit to the royal box at
Wimbledon comes just two weeks after she shared a box and a joke with
Prince Philip at Royal Ascot dressed in a flamboyant scarlet coat dress
Prior to that, Carole and family were invited to join the royals in the Jubilee pageant. The Middletons were welcomed aboard a replica of a Mississippi paddle boat from where they enjoyed the proceedings.
This warm welcome extended to the Middletons and the natural way in which they have been involved in major events of the royal and social calendar is testament to the affection the Queen feels for Kate.
What a difference a seat makes: Carole last week looking rather less enthusiastic
Royal invites for the siblings: Pippa and James Middleton enjoyed a day in the Royal box at Wimbledon last Friday, and got along famously with Felicity Kendal and her son Jake, who took the neighbouring seats
Horsing around: Carole shared a joke with Prince Philip at Royal Ascot when they were guests of the Queen at the racing event two weeks ago
Enjoying the ride: Carole Middleton and her family joined in the Jubilee flotilla last month