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Kate praises ‘smart’ ball boys and girls during Wimbledon visit

The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first visit to SW19 since being made patron of the All England Club.

The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the ball boys and girls at Wimbledon during her first visit as patron of the All England Club.

Kate, who has long been a fan of the game, told two ball girls and a boy that their work “makes the game happen”.

“It makes such a difference to the players, your professionalism,” she said. “You look so smart.”

Kate, who was wearing a Dolce and Gabbana dress, will later take her place in the royal box on Centre Court to watch Andy Murray.

Joining her will be actor Dominic Cooper and the defending champion’s father, William Murray.

Kate also met Wimbledon officials and players, including Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominic Thiem, when she arrived at the grounds.

She asked them how their practice sessions were going and whether they were nervous about their upcoming games.

When she found out both players’ first matches were on Tuesday, she said: “That’s why you’re so relaxed!”

When asked if she played tennis, Kate said: “Yes, but not to any standard!”

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