Wimbledon is here at last. Every year we look forward to this summer staple that always draws the famous and fabulous, chief among these the Duchess of Cambridge and her family. Although it is likely we will have to wait some days before Kate turns up, the royal box had a little extra glamour today with the appearance of Pippa Middleton, escorted by her brother James.
The Duchess's sister wore a Suzannah sun-dress to watch Djokovic face off against James Ward on Centre Court. The £1,200 dress is 100% silk de chine and features a vintage poppy print. Pippa carried an Emmy clutch, a brand that Kate also favors.
Pippa has been indulging a lot in florals. Earlier this month she was a guest at a picnicking in the park fundraiser for the Bryan Adams Foundation. It included opera, so it must have been the perfect picnic and she chose the perfect dress.
Pippa wore a £450 frock from Beautiful Soul London. Both the pattern and the design are very busy, but somehow it all still works. I wish we had more pictures of Pippa in this dress. The purple looks great with her dark coloring and I loved the ruffled front. Kate would look great in this, too, I think, and it would be a bit of an unusual choice for the often minimalist Duchess.
In 2012, she wore two recycled white ensembles, the McQueen sailor dress from Canada:
...and the Joseph shift dress from Canada with the tweed blazer from Epsom:
2014 was the year Kate broke with her Wimbledon white. The Duchess missed 2013 because of Prince George, but in 2014 she came back in white Zimmermann recycled from Australia:
For the final, however, she surprised us all in her aqua green sheath dress from Jonathan Saunders.
In 2015 Kate only attended Wimbledon once and she wore bright red from L.K. Bennett. That was a debut rather than her usual recycle, perhaps because she was still moving back to her normal size after the birth of Charlotte.
This year it is anyone's bet. Kate has been pulling from her 2011/2012 closet frequently over the past few months, so it might be instructive to look to that era if you are trying to make a prediction. That being said, I think some of her more recent styles might be more appropriate at Wimbledon. She likes to pull from tour closets, which makes my mind move to India's pieces. The white Wickstead would be a similar silhouette to the red L.K. Bennett from last year, and would be a return to the classic white.
It is possible that Kate would wear the seafoam green dress from her visit with India's PM:
The Madison shift that Kate wore on a dinner date with William in 2015 would also fit last year's profile.
Kate has been pulling from the 2011 wardrobe, but she has also been far more willing to wear new pieces, so she could easily show up in something entirely new. Unfortunately, it has been a little chilly in London, or I would really be hoping for something a little more in keeping with that first sundress from 2011. As it stands, though, Kate could wear any number of dresses from her closet and be quite cool in the royal box. Time will tell! A Wimbledon appearance has not been confirmed, but barring something unusual, I think it a very safe bet that Kate will attend at least one day.