The Duchess of Cambridge is a huge tennis fan, whether she’s playing the game or watching the pros sweat it out. She and Prince William are spending $120,000 renovating the courts of Anmer Hall. And when it comes to Wimbledon, Kate’s a regular fixture in the royal box, even taking a break from her maternity leave last year to watch a few matches, so you know she loves the sport. Heck, she even dabbles in a little table tennis.
So that makes her new gig perfect. As the Queen‘s 90th birthday nears (April 21, to be exact), she plans to reduce her workload. And one of the first things Her Majesty is doing is passing the patronage reins of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to Kate.
The Queen has been the All England Club’s patron for 64 years, so Kate getting those duties is kind of a big deal. As the monarch is reassessing her patronages, it seems she took Kate’s interests to heart and matched her up perfectly. For Kate, whose name will be on the masthead above the Duke of Kent, the Club’s president, it won’t feel like work. In fact, this seems like the direction Kate should be heading when it comes to her duties. While a lot of the Duchess’ focus this year will be on mental health advocacies, tennis might add even more purpose in her royal life.
Granted, the position of royal patron doesn’t entail a ton of work (actual work is more the Duke of Kent’s job). It’s more about the royal family lending their names to an organization. Some patrons work tirelessly to raise awareness but it’s their status that can help a charity boost the bottom line.
This isn’t the first patronage passed down to Kate. Prince Philip recently stepped down as patron of the Air Training Corps, of which the Duchess of Cambridge now holds the title.
As for Wimbledon, Kate would’ve been there anyway so it would be silly if the Queen didn’t assign her the All England Club. Now while Kate grimaces and cheers and nervously watches Andy Murray play, no one can say she isn’t working.