Usually she’s the one people want to meet, but the tables were turned when the Duchess of Cambridge got up close and personal with young tennis sensation Emma Raducanu.
An avid tennis fan, Kate Middleton not only got to meet the US Open champion, she also got to play alongside her in a homecoming celebration at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London.
After the two hit the courts, the 18-year-old praised Kate’s “great forehand”, admitting she’d been a bit nervous to play the sporty royal.
She also revealed she kept thinking “don’t miss” as she played against the 39-year-old.
The event, which also honoured fellow British tennis players Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, was hosted by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) of which the duchess is the patron.
Kate has proven to be a huge supporter of Emma, tweeting after her US Open win against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez earlier this month, “Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory!”
After a busy week, which saw her also travelling to the Lake District, Kate was spotted enjoying some much-needed family time on Sunday.
She and Prince William, along with their three kids – Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3) – were seen enjoying a pub lunch at a Norfolk eatery.
The dressed-down family blended in with the regulars as they tucked into burgers and chips, not far from their country home, Anmer Hall.
William (39) showed himself once again to be a modern-day prince as he was seen helping one of the kids when their food was too hot.
The heir to the throne has also been busy.
Last week he attended the Who Cares Wins Awards in London, which honours those across the health- and social-care sectors who’ve gone beyond the call of duty to help patients or causes.
On presenting the 999 hero award, the Duke of Cambridge praised emergency workers, saying, “When most of us would, quite naturally, turn away and seek safety, our emergency responders rise to the occasion – running straight towards the danger to provide vital and often life-saving support.
“Very modestly, they will tell you that this does not make them heroes, and it is all done in the name of duty. But sometimes a situation will occur that tests the resolve of even the most experienced responder.
“In times like these, they must face their deepest fears and find the most astonishing level of courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. And that is truly heroic.”
SOURCES: SUN.CO.UK, EXPRESS.CO.UK