Duchess of Cambridge accepts honorary membership at Wimbledon


All England Club courts Kate: Duchess of Cambridge accepts honorary membership at Wimbledon
Many believe the Duchess is being lined up to be the Duke of Kent's successor as All England Club president

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Tennis fan: The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with Prince William at Wimbledon in 2012, has been a regular at the Royal Box in Centre Court in the past few years

Kate and William were court side for Andy Murray's London 2012 quarterfinal match held at Wimbledon where they did a Mexican wave

Kate and William were court side for Andy Murray's London 2012 quarterfinal match held at Wimbledon where they did a Mexican wave

Last summer Kate was a regular at the tennis, cheering on Andy Murray all the way to the final.

Though he lost out to Roger Federer, she was back the following month to watch the Scot get his revenge in the Olympic final.

Some will see her decision to accept the offer — U.S. player Andy Roddick, who has won Grand Slam titles but never Wimbledon, has also been granted honorary status — as the start of her relationship with the club.

Many believe she will be invited to succeed the Duke of Kent, 77, as club president when he decides to stand down.

Certainly her presence at the championships has boosted the sport.

A Palace spokeswoman says: ‘The Duchess was pleased to accept the kind offer, particularly given her interest in tennis.’

The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton watched almost every match during Andy Murray's run to the Wimbledon final last year where he eventually lost to Roger Federer

The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton watched almost every match during Andy Murray's run to the Wimbledon final last year where he eventually lost to Roger Federer

The Wimbledon trophy is currently presented by All England Club president the Duke of Kent but many believe the Duchess of Cambridge could succeed him

The Wimbledon trophy is currently presented by All England Club president the Duke of Kent but many believe the Duchess of Cambridge could succeed him