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Kate Middleton meets US Open winner Emma Raducanu, 18, at homecoming event in London 

Time for a quick match? Sporty Kate Middleton dons a tennis skirt and zip-up jacket to play against US Open winner Emma Raducanu, 18, at the National Tennis Centre in London

  • Duchess of Cambridge has met with US Open winner Emma Raducanu today 
  • The pair will play a match together at the National Tennis Centre in London
  • Looking low-key, Kate, a keen tennis fan, donned a blue jacket and matching skirt


The Duchess of Cambridge has met with US Open winner Emma Raducanu today before playing a match with the teenage tennis sensation.

Kate, 39, who has returned to work following her annual summer break, looked appropriately sporty in a blue tennis skirt and matching zip-up jacket for the visit at the National Tennis Centre in London.

To celebrate the success of the British US Open champions – which includes Emma, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett – the Lawn Tennis Association is inviting the nation to come together for a special ‘Homecoming’ event.

Before the thirty-minute show, which will be broadcast live today at 12:30pm on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online as well as the LTA’s social media channels, Emma, 18, chatted with keen tennis fan Kate. 

The Duchess of Cambridge has met with teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu today (pictured)

On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a tailored £400 white gown as she hosted an event to thank those who worked on her Hold Still project. 

Kate, a keen photographer, started her campaign during the first lockdown last year to ask the public to submit images which captured the period.

The result was a photography book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which featured 100 final ‘poignant and personal’ portraits selected from 31,000 entrants and quickly became a bestseller upon its release in May.  

The mother-of-three opted for a cream Self Portrait dress as she hosted the reception this week.  

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was dazzling in a tailored white gown as she hosted an event this week to thank those who worked with her on her Hold Still project

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was dazzling in a tailored white gown as she hosted an event this week to thank those who worked with her on her Hold Still project

Posting on Instagram, the Duchess thanked those who had helped her with the project, writing: ‘Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality! 

‘It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it. 

‘The idea for came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography.

‘It was made possible by so many partners, and what’s more remarkable is how it was all orchestrated from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms!

Posting on Instagram, the Duchess thanked those who had helped her with the project, writing: ' Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!'

Posting on Instagram, the Duchess thanked those who had helped her with the project, writing: ‘ Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!’

‘The most special thanks must go to the thousands of people across the country who took time to share their experiences of lockdown. Without them, the project really would not have been possible.’

The royal appeared animated as she chatted with a small group of contributors in snaps from the event.

Meanwhile she opted for a £400 crisp white tailored Self Portrait gown for the occasion.  

Her long brunette locks were styled into a bouncy ponytail, revealing a pair of dangling gold earrings.  

As well as showcasing the final 100 images and the stories that accompany each of them, the book looked back at highlights from the community exhibition which took the portraits to billboards and outdoor poster sites in 80 towns, cities and areas in October 2020.

Over the course of the project the Duchess shared a number of her favourite images on the Kensington Royal Instagram page, including a Black Lives Matter protester holding a sign reading: ‘Be on the right side of history.’

Another of the snaps was a black and white image showing a man embracing his daughter, while one shows a child kissing their godmother through a window.

Meanwhile others featured a student holding her exam qualifications, and a young girl seen drawing a huge rainbow onto a window pane.    

Kate’s latest appearance comes after she returned to work following her annual summer break. 

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