Kate and Prince William watch women's final at Wimbledon

Kate and Prince William watch women's final at Wimbledon
Kate and Prince William watch women's final at Wimbledon

Kate and Prince William have arrived to watch the women's final at Wimbledon in the duchess's first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an infected person.

The Duchess of Cambridge was alerted to a contact with a Covid-infected person last Friday afternoon - after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks.

But today, Kate cut a stylish figure in emerald green as she walked into the historic grounds to watch Australian number one seed Ashleigh Barty take on Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova. It is both women's first time in the Wimbledon final. 

The Cambridges were joined in the Royal Box by The Duke of Kent - who present his last trophy tomorrow before stepping down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also seated near to the royal couple, as was London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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Kate will go to the men's final on her own on Sunday, with Prince William expected to watch England take on Italy in the Euros 2020 final in Wembley.

Kate and Prince William have arrived to watch the women's final at Wimbledon in the duchess's first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an infected person.=

Kate and Prince William have arrived to watch the women's final at Wimbledon in the duchess's first outing since her self isolation after coming into contact with an infected person.=

The Duchess of Cambridge was alerted to a contact with a Covid-infected person last Friday afternoon (pictured that day)- after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks

The Duchess of Cambridge was alerted to a contact with a Covid-infected person last Friday afternoon (pictured that day)- after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks

However, there is confusion over Kate being out of quarantine already, despite only staring self-isolating on July 2. 

Under current guidelines, the Duchess should have quarantined for 10 days after contact, which suggests that it took place last Wednesday, or June 30. 

Kensington Palace said her self-isolation period will have finished by Saturday but did not confirm when it officially ended. 

Kate is understood to have been alerted personally and was not 'pinged' by the NHS Test and Trace app, leaving the All England Club at 5pm on Friday 2.

This is significantly earlier than she has done in previous years, and the move forced her to miss her friend Andy Murray take on Canadian opponent Denis Shapovalov. 

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On Friday Kate spotted looking serious as she was driven out of Wimbledon's gates heading for Kensington Palace, where she was later holed up and unable to leave – even for food or medicine. 

She was not permitted to have visitors in her home, including family and friends, and was even told to avoid contact with anyone she lives with as much as possible. 

Her quarantine prevented the Duchess from attending the NHS' 73rd birthday celebrations with William at St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace yesterday.  

Sources stressed that she followed rules laid down at Wimbledon, which require visitors to wear a mask when moving through the grounds at SW19 but not while sitting in the stands.

Pippa Middleton cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband and parents for a family day out at Wimbledon

Pippa Middleton cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband and parents for a family day out at Wimbledon 

Carole and Michael Middleton arriving

Carole cut a stylish figure in a red dress

Her parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also on hand to take in the action but were seated in the Royal Box with VIPs including the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman 

James Matthews enjoyed a refreshing drink as he took his seat next to Pippa for the semi-final match at Wimbledon

James Matthews enjoyed a refreshing drink as he took his seat next to Pippa for the semi-final match at Wimbledon

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, 37, kept a low profile in a pair of sunglasses and a trendy blue and white dress

Pippa Middleton at Wimbledon today

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, 37, kept a low profile in a pair of sunglasses and a trendy blue and white dress

All smiles: Carole and Michael Middleton took their seats in the Royal Box on Centre court and clapped as the match unfolded

All smiles: Carole and Michael Middleton took their seats in the Royal Box on Centre court and clapped as the match unfolded

Ready for the action to begin! An eager Carole, dressed in red, leaned forward when waiting for today's matches to start

Ready for the action to begin! An eager Carole, dressed in red, leaned forward when waiting for today's matches to start 

Duke of Kent will present last trophy after 52 years

By INDERDEEP BAINS for the Daily Mail 

The duchess’s return to SW19 comes as the Duke of Kent steps down as president of the All England Club after 52 years of service.

The 85-year-old first cousin of the Queen will be presenting the men’s singles trophy for the final time on Sunday, having done so on 350 occasions, to champions from Rod Laver and Ann Jones to Roger Federer, Sir Andy Murray and Serena Williams.

The Duke with Rod Laver

... and with Andy Murray

Strong serve: The Duke of Kent hands the men’s trophy to Aussie Rod Laver (left) and Sir Andy Murray

The duke said: ‘It has been an honour to serve this remarkable institution for as long as I have. To have seen this tournament, and the game of tennis, grow and inspire generations over the span of five decades has been an extraordinary experience, and I am incredibly proud to have been a part of it. I look forward now to watching as the young players of today pursue ever higher standards of excellence and I shall continue to cheer them on as they do.’

During his time, the duke opened six courts and facilities at Wimbledon, including the new Court One in 1997. He also ended the long-standing tradition of Centre Court players bowing or curtseying to the royal box in 2003, saying he thought it was ‘time to stop it’.

In 2019, Kate presented the men’s trophy to Novak Djokovic, in recognition of her role as patron. It is not clear who will present the Rosewater Dish after the women’s final. The All England Club said last night there were no immediate plans to fill the president’s position.

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The duchess is said to have had her second vaccination even though it is only just over five weeks since she released pictures of her getting her first at the Science Museum in London. 

Until Thursday, the guidelines stipulated an 11 or 12-week gap between jabs for under-40s not classed as vulnerable, although in some cases a shorter wait was allowed.

Her ten-day self-isolation period includes the day on which she was last in contact with the person who tested positive. If it was on Wednesday, she could, in theory, be free to return to official duties by the weekend. 

MailOnline understands she was alerted about the contact with a Covid-infected person on Friday afternoon - after spending most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman, who is not self-isolating. 

It means she must quarantine for ten days even if she tests negative, which she has, up to four times, in the past seven days including before and after her Wembley trip with William and George. 

It is not known if the Duchess of Cambridge was alerted after being 'pinged' via the NHS app, a phone call from test and trace or if she or her team was contacted personally - but William's ability to continue his duties means the covid case is unlikely to be in their inner circle. 

When her isolation was revealed, Kensington Palace said in a statement: 'Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. 

'Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home'. 

Kensington Palace has not revealed where or when exactly the contact was only saying it was 'last week', when Kate's only two public engagements were at the All England Club on Friday and with William and George at England's historic win over Germany on Tuesday night.

Kate has spent time close to a host of VIPs including David Beckham and Ed Sheeran at Wembley and Tim Henman and Joe Wicks at Wimbledon. 

But it is not known if any of them tested positive for Covid, or whether the contact came via a friend, a member of staff or another parent on the school run last week.

The Duchess arrived at Wimbledon at around 11am on July 2 and was joined by Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton and former British tennis player Tim Henman on an outside court where they watched Andy Murray's brother Jamie play.

She was also pictured laughing and smiling as she prepped strawberry desserts at the All England Club before heading to the Royal Box where she seen speaking to a beaming Joe Wicks, leaving around 5pm.  

Kate's only other public engagement was on Tuesday when she went to Wembley Stadium with William and George to watch England beat Germany. 

Also in attendance were Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman

Also in attendance were Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman

Carole and Michael, front row, right-hand side, joined VIPs including David Beckham and Pat Cash in the Royal Box

Carole and Michael, front row, right-hand side, joined VIPs including David Beckham and Pat Cash in the Royal Box

Pippa and James were seated elsewhere with other spectators and looked gripped as the match unfolded

Pippa and James were seated elsewhere with other spectators and looked gripped as the match unfolded 

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister and her husband clapped at one point during the semi-final match at Wimbledon today

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister and her husband clapped at one point during the semi-final match at Wimbledon today 

Pippa Middleton looked stylish in a blue and white gingham dress with puffball sleeves and wore her hair in a ponytail

Pippa Middleton looked stylish in a blue and white gingham dress with puffball sleeves and wore her hair in a ponytail 

James Matthews enjoyed a glass of Pimm's in the stands while his wife kept a close eye on the action

James Matthews enjoyed a glass of Pimm's in the stands while his wife kept a close eye on the action 

James was seen finishing off his drink in the stands on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon this afternoon

James was seen finishing off his drink in the stands on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon this afternoon

Looking good: Tom certainly pulled out all the stops for the outing, looking dapper in a navy three-piece suit and black lace-up shoes

Dapper: The film star added a crisp white shirt and silver tie, while he shielded his eyes from the sun (and inevitable flash bulbs) as he made his way inside

Looking good: Tom certainly pulled out all the stops for the outing, looking dapper in a navy three-piece suit and black lace-up shoes

Company: The actor was joined at the event by his Mission Impossible co-star Hayley Atwell, 39, who looked radiant in a white patterned maxi dress teamed with a smart cream coat draped over her shoulders

Company: The actor was joined at the event by his Mission Impossible co-star Hayley Atwell, 39, who looked radiant in a white patterned maxi dress teamed with a smart cream coat draped over her shoulders

A palace source said that the Duchess took lateral flow tests before both engagements and both were negative. In addition to this, the Duchess is tested twice weekly with lateral flow tests as part of the Royal Household testing regime, meaning she had four negative tests in that time. 

Also spotted at Wimbledon today were Kate's sister Pippa, 37, and their parents Carole and Michael Middleton. 

Pippa cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband for a family day out at Wimbledon. 

Gorgeous: Meanwhile, Katherine was turning heads for all the right reasons in her summer dress, which featured a pretty ruffled collar and a tie waist detail

Gorgeous: Meanwhile, Katherine was turning heads for all the right reasons in her summer dress, which featured a pretty ruffled collar and a tie waist detail

Couple's outing: The singer, who wore her blonde locks in a centre-parting, appeared in great spirts as she strolled with her film producer husband Andrew Levitas

Happy: Katherine couldn't keep the smile off her face as she walked

Couple's outing: The singer, who wore her blonde locks in a centre-parting, appeared in great spirts as she strolled with her film producer husband Andrew Levitas

Stunning: Katherine looked lovely in her floaty blue number as she joined her husband, who looked smart in a blue three-piece suit

Stunning: Katherine looked lovely in her floaty blue number as she joined her husband, who looked smart in a blue three-piece suit

Fabulous: Lulu meanwhile certainly made a style statement in her bold tangerine blazer, which she teamed with a loose white cotton top and white skinny jeans

Fabulous: Lulu meanwhile

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