Princess Kate's touching secret message to youngest son Louis on live TV

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Kate Middleton waving to her youngest son on Wimbledon's Centre Court today

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Richard Jeffries

By Richard Jeffries

Published: 15/07/2023

- 16:01

Updated: 15/07/2023

- 20:31

Kate Middleton waved directly down the camera at someone during Wimbledon showpiece...but her unusual earrings gave the game away

The Princess of Wales paid a sweet, subtle tribute to her youngest son on live TV at Wimbledon today.

As Kate, 41, prepared to take her seat ahead of the Ladies Single Final, she waved directly down a TV camera.

But if anyone was in any doubt as to exactly who she was waving at, they only needed to look more closely at...her ears.

In a sweet nod to her youngest son Louis, 5, Kate - also known as the Duchess of Cambridge - had worn a very, very special pair of earrings to Centre Court.

The exact same pair, in fact, that she has worn just once in public before - at her youngest son's Christening.

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The flower-shaped pearl earrings were last seen in July 2018, the day Louis was baptised in the historic surroundings of the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.

Costing an eye-watering £4,360, the pearl cluster earrings, from high end jeweller Cassandra Goad, feature a small diamond in the centre of every pearl, surrounded by gold, and are remarkably similar to the late Queen's favourite Queen Mary's Floret earrings.

The sweet 'TV hello' to Louis - who is fourth in line to the throne and famous for his own cheeky appearances at public events - came as Kate took her seat next to tennis great Billie Jean King to watch Czech player Marketa Vondrousova take on Tunisian Ons Jabeur for the Ladies title.

Wearing a pale green ensemble from Self-Portrait, Kate arrived more than an hour before the match began and chatted with Wimbledon staff, including 14-year-old ball girl Tiffany and 17-year-old ball boy Abhi, at the Players’ Lawn.

The princess also met Philippa George, a representative of the Riding For The Disabled charity, who tossed the coin for the final, which was won by the unseeded Ms Vondrousova in a major shock.

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Kate Middleton meeting ball girls before the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final


Kate asked about her Wimbledon-themed nail polish and whether Ms George had been practising for the toss.

The princess told her she was “such an inspiration to so many people” and was glad she had been recognised.

Ms George, 27, said after the meeting: “It was so special. She was asking me about my nails and talked to me about how I like horses.

“She was really happy that I was here… it means so much.”

Princess Kate also told a maintenance manager at the grounds he had “saved the day” after fixing a leak in the Court One shop the day before the tournament began.

Billy Lewis said he was surprised Kate had been told about his efforts, which saw him save “thousands of pounds worth of merchandise”.

Asked what Kate said to him, Mr Lewis said: “She said I heard you saved the day, in terms of a leak?”

As a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the princess is a regular face at SW19.

She had a rain-hit visit on the tournament’s second day when she took shelter under an umbrella on Court 18 while watching British number one Katie Boulter.

Later that day she was joined in the Royal Box by former champion Roger Federer.

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Kate Middleton met volunteers and members of the armed forces before the final


Fans vented their disappointment earlier in the day after organisers closed the legendary Wimbledon queue due to a yellow weather warning for wind, in place from 9am to 11.59pm.

Wimbledon tweeted a reminder ahead of gates opening: “Please remember the Queue is not in operation today and as such there are no tickets available for sale.

“We ask that you do not travel to Wimbledon today unless you are an existing ticket holder.”

Kathy Yates, 54, and her son Daniel Yates, 27, were turned away at the gates when they tried to queue for ground passes.
The pair had flown from Aberdeen and stayed in a hotel on Friday night for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to watch the tennis.

Ms Yates said: “We have spent well over £300. Two of our other family members have got tickets in the ballot.

“We all came down together. We have been queuing since 7am this morning.

“We have been planning for this for a long time. We don’t often get together. I have one son who lives in Edinburgh.

“We made this as a family get-together and half the family can get in and half the family can’t.”

Tiago Veloso, 48, and his 15-year-old son Vincente arrived at Wimbledon at around 8am to queue for tickets.

Mr Veloso said: “We came yesterday. It was terrible weather. The rain cancelled all the games and we came today to see the ground games, the under-14s and juniors, because (my son) wanted to watch.

“I don’t understand, yesterday was the worst of the weather. I don’t understand the decision.

“It is a very frustrating morning. We had a lot of expectations because the weather yesterday was terrible and we were not expecting this today.”

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