‘You’re an inspiration’: Kate’s sweet moment with royal fan, 27, as they chat nails and horses at Wimbledon women’s final
The Princess of Wales shared a sweet moment with a young royal fan ahead of the Wimbledon ladies final this afternoon.
Princess Kate, 41, arrived at the All England Lawn, Tennis and Croquet Club in strong winds to meet staff hard at work at the tournament before taking her seat on center court.
Among those he met who kept the tournament going was Philippa George, who was chosen to do the coin toss that decided whether Ounce Jabeur or Marketa Vondrosova would serve first.
Ms George, 27, was nominated for the coin toss as a representative of the Riding for the Disabled charity.
As the pair chatted ahead of the final, mum-of-three Kate told him she was an ‘inspiration’ to many people.
The Princess of Wales shared a sweet moment with Philippa George, 27, who was selected for the coin toss ahead of the Wimbledon women’s final.
After arriving at SW19, Princess Kate wowed in a £420 lime green self-portrait dress and was keen to meet the hard-working staff as soon as possible.
The keen tennis fan shook hands with the ball boys and ball girls at the All England Club, as well as meeting Philippa.
Wearing a white Wimbledon T-shirt and cap emblazoned with the championship logo, Philippa shook Kate’s hand and beamed.
Kate asked about her Wimbledon-themed nail polish and whether Mrs George was practicing for the toss.
Kate looked at the special coin, which Philippa had tossed at the start of the match to determine who would serve first, and asked Philippa if she was practicing.
Photo: Filipa doing the coin toss on Center Court before the match between Marketa Vondrosova and Once Jabeur
After a successful coin toss, Philippa was able to take a picture with the two players before the start of the match
The princess told her she was ‘an inspiration to so many people’ and was delighted to be recognised.
Miss George, 27, said after the meeting: ‘It was very special. She was asking me about my nails and talking to me about how I like horses.
‘He was really happy that I was here… it means a lot.
“It’s an honor to be here and be a part of it all. I am very grateful for this opportunity.’
The Riding for the Disabled Association was founded in 1969. It provides therapy for adults and children with disabilities through horseback riding and other equestrian activities.
After the coin toss, Filipa posed for a photo with Jabeur and Marketa Vondrosova before the start of the match.
Today’s ladies final saw Center Court awash with exclusive guests and famous faces from Princess Kate to Hollywood royalty.
Famous faces in the crowd included Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Garfield.
Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is also in the Royal Box this afternoon, along with several former Wimbledon champions including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.