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Surprise royal visitor helps British players ease through to second round

Kate mixed with sports stars during her trip to SW19 and watched some of the victorious British players in action.

The Duchess of Cambridge (Adam Davy/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge (Adam Davy/PA)

A surprise Royal visit brought some good fortune to the second day of Wimbledon as five Britons played their way to victory.

The Duchess of Cambridge created a buzz among fans at the All England Club as she made a rare appearance on the outside courts.

Kate mixed with sports stars during her trip to SW19 and watched some of the victorious British players in action.

After two days of play, a total of seven Brits have progressed to the second round of the men’s and women’s singles competitions – the best number since 2006.

Johanna Konta, Harriet Dart, Jay Clarke, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are all still battling for grand slam glory.

Sadly, the much hyped 19-year-old Paul Jubb, an orphan who was brought up by his grandmother on a Hull council estate, lost his debut Wimbledon appearance.

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Joao Sousa shakes hands with Paul Jubb after their match (Steven Peston/PA)

Before taking to court, the teenager said it would be “a proud moment” for him to play on the All England Club’s hallowed turf.

Late on Tuesday, it was revealed that Wimbledon fan favourite Sir Andy Murray would be partnering tennis superstar Serena Williams in the mixed doubles.

As the day’s play got under way, Kate, wearing a white Suzannah dress secured with a black belt, joined spectators on Court 14 at 11am to watch the first set of Dart playing American Christina McHale.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with Katie Boulter (left) and Anne Keothavong (Victoria Jones/PA)

Dart, who won her match despite a faltering start, said it was “pretty cool” to be watched by royalty.

Asked if she had enjoyed watching the tennis, Kate said: “Very much so”.

The duchess also met Sir Andy Murray and British number one Johanna Konta in her behind the scenes tour of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

After watching some of the tennis action from the Royal Box on Centre Court, Kate moved to No1 Court to catch Konta beat Romanian’s Ana Bogdan in straight sets.

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Johanna Konta celebrates after beating Ana Bogdan (Adam Davy/PA)

Kate, known as a passionate tennis fan, is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC).

Among the famous faces at Wimbledon on Tuesday were former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott actor Will Poulter, former children’s presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin, ex-world heavyweight champion David Haye and television presenter Melanie Sykes.

British Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong sat alongside the duchess as she watched the action on Court 14.

She said: “It’s brilliant to have the opportunity to sit there and chat to her and talk about Fed cup and British players and I guess just everything and anything about tennis.”

Keothavong said the duchess had also been “very impressed” by 15-year-old Cori Gauff’s remarkable win over Venus Williams on Monday.

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