Meghan Markle cheered on her friend Serena Williams as the tennis star competed at Wimbledon

By Erin Hill
July 14, 2018 08:15 AM
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton take Wimbledon!

For the first time, the royal sisters-in-law had a solo outing together as they teamed up to attend the Ladies’ Single Final at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday. The royal duo have appeared together at official royal outings along with their husbands, Prince Harry and Prince William, but Saturday’s event marks their first ever joint appearance.

The royals coordinated their outfits for the event. The Duchess of Sussex wore a summery blue-and-white striped shirt from Ralph Lauren with wide-leg cream pants, while Princess Kate opted for a white-patterned dress.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
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Before the match, Meghan and Kate met with former female tennis champions and chatted with ball girls and boys to learn more about what it’s like to participate in the iconic tournament.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
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Then they took their seats in the royal box to cheer on the players, Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams, (a close friend of Meghan’s. The Duchess of Sussex recently returned from her two-day tour in Dublin, Ireland, with Prince Harry — their first overseas tour as a married couple. Meghan and Kate laughed and chatted as they sat next to each other.

Kate Middlton and Meghan Markle
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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
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Just two weeks ago, the new mom joined Meghan to watch Harry compete in a polo match in Ascot, England. She was joined by husband Alexis Ohanian, who also accompanied her to Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May.

Meghan first met the tennis pro at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami where they immediately hit it off. Williams opened up about their friending in Vanity Fair, saying: “Her personality just shines.”

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Meghan has been a fixture at Wimbledon in recent years, but this year’s event marks her first time attending as the Duchess of Sussex. She attended the tournament in 2016, around the same time she was set up on a blind date with future husband Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle at Wimbledon in 2016
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Her royal sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, is also a veteran Wimbledon attendee. The avid player (she and Prince William have a court at home at Anmer Hall) regularly attends matches with William and sister Pippa Middleton.

Kate Middleton and Prince William at Wimbledon 2017
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Kate and Pippa Middleton at Wimbledon 2012
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For Kate, watching Wimbledon was a family tradition growing up.

“It is such a quintessential part of English summer,” she said of the tournament last year. “I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and Steffi Graf. That for me was my first memories.”

Now, both Kate and Meghan no longer have to wait in line for tickets, as they have a permanent spot in the royal box!