Not a tennis fan then As she pouted and posed during Andy Murray's Wimbledon defeat, Victoria Beckham seemed to find it all a bore (unlike her enthusiastic husband)
08:48 GMT, 9 July 2012
While almost every eye in Centre Court was on the match, there was one very glaring exception.
Looking more moody than Murray, more stormy than the clouds overhead and draped all over her husband was Victoria Beckham.
In perhaps the most gripping final ever for the home crowd, Mrs Beckham looked distinctly unmoved.
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Not happy: While almost every eye in Centre Court was on the match, there was one very glaring exception. Looking more moody than Murray and draped all over her husband David was Victoria Beckham
Bored: In perhaps the most gripping final ever for the home crowd, Mrs Beckham looked distinctly unmoved, unlike her husband
Unmoved: Beckham even appeared to try to jolly his wife's interest, but to no avail
No smile: While husband David was leaning forward, literally on the edge of his seat in excitement, his wife barely stifled a yawn
In fact, she couldn’t have looked more bored if she’d been watching some very expensive paint dry.
While husband David was leaning forward, literally on the edge of his seat in excitement, she barely stifled a yawn.
She pouted. She flicked her hair. Forget the breaks of serve – she didn’t even break into a smile.
In fact, the 38-year-old former Spice Girl and now fashion designer treated the whole occasion as one big advertising opportunity.
Showcasing her new autumn/winter collection, she wore one of her own dresses (although in a subtle nod to the Championship it was in Wimbledon dark green) and toted a ridiculously expensive VB 8,950 hexagonal chain crocodile shoulder bag.
Excited: The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton are pictured in the Royal Box on Centre Court and looked much more fascinated by the match
Fun: The famous sisters were clearly enjoying the tennis, unlike Mrs Beckham
And, of course, the outfit was not complete without her 275 sunglasses (again from her own range).
She couldn’t even bring herself to exchange words with her neighbour, Sir Steve Redgrave’s wife Ann. Perhaps she had committed the sartorial faux pas of daring to not wear designer.
Beckham himself even appeared to try to jolly his wife’s interest, but to no avail.
Last night, Twitter was ablaze with criticism.
Author Annabel Pitcher said: ‘Hate how celebrities waltz into Wimbledon. Bet Posh Spice didn’t have to camp to gain admission.’
And TV producer Douglas McNeil added: ‘Are there any normal punters at this final or is it all sports stars, ex-tennis players, pop stars and Posh Spice’
CENTRE COURT STYLE QUEENS IN EPIC BATTLE OF THE CHELSEA BLOW-DRIES
was hairdryers at dawn when the founding members of Britain’s most
lustrous set, the Glossy Posse, turned out to support Andy Murray.
was Victoria Beckham, clad in a dress from her own collection and
sporting a super-sleek high ponytail, and the impossibly shiny-haired
Pippa Middleton in a cute 350 bird-printed ‘Phoebe’ dress from Dannii
Minogue’s label Project D.
two fashion stars were outshone, however, by the Posse’s true darlings –
Kim Sears and the Duchess of Cambridge, who together looked impossibly
Stunning: Kim Sears, right, and the Duchess of Cambridge, left, both looked impossibly glamorous
Forget Andy Murray vs Roger Federer,
yesterday’s real battle was played out between these two professional
groomers, with their perfect teeth, flawless skin and – most importantly
– those blow-dries.
takes a lot of time – not to mention a deft stylist and half a can of
Elnett hairspray – to look as groomed as these two. The style even has
its own name – the Chelsea blow-dry.
the likeness doesn’t stop at the hair. Both favour the kind of demure,
inoffensive outfits you would wear to meet your boyfriend’s family (Kate
in Joseph’s ‘Nessie’ cream tweed jacket, 480, and the ‘Vanessa’ dress,
275, and Kim in a Roland Mouret ‘Angel’ dress, 1,400), teamed with
classic accessories (Kate carried a Diane Von Furstenberg clutch and Kim
a Mulberry Bayswater).
Everything about them screams wealthy and healthy – but a little bit boring.
Heartbreaking: Mrs Beckham and her husband watched as a brave Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer during their men's singles final
Legend: Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates with the trophy
Sad: The defeat was too much to take for an emotional Andy Murray
VIDEO: Kate, Pippa, Posh and Becks watch Federer beat Murray at Wimbledon…