Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon: Kate praises ball boys and girls ahead of Murray match.
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!"
Murray, 30, confirmed yesterday he and his wife Lady Murray are expecting a second child, telling a press conference: "We're both obviously very happy and looking forward to it."
The couple, who married in 2015, already has a daughter - one-year-old Sophia.
Joining Murray on the first day of play is British number one Johanna Konta, a potential Wimbledon title contender who was forced to withdraw from her last tournament in Eastbourne with a spine injury.
She will be third on Number One court to play Su-Wei Hsieh.
Fans without Centre or Number One court tickets still have a chance to see British players in action, with Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson, Aljaz Bedene, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all set to play.
They will be joined on day one by the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Venus Williams, who has been in the headlines after she was involved in a car crash last month which led to the death of a 78-year-old man.