Princess Eugenie of York was in the Royal box at Wimbledon this afternoon watching her tennis-playing namesake Eugenie Bouchard from Canada take on Petra Kvitova in the women’s grandslam finals on centre court.
Joined by long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank on her left and along with the wife of the Chairman of the All England Club, Gill Brook on her right, the decision for Her Royal Highness to attend the match was an almost last-minute one after Princess Eugenie heard that the tennis star had wanted to meet her, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Bouchard’s mother – a life-long royal fan – named her twin daughters after the York princesses (with Eugenie’s sister being named Beatrice) and a brother called William. Princess Eugenie attends the match today to lend her support to the 20-year-old who this year made history as the first Canadian to make it to the singles Grand Slam final.
Despite this unexpected royal attendance, the Canadian tennis player didn’t manage to beat her Czech opponent. Princess Eugenie’s role was only as a spectator and it will be the Duke of Kent, Princess Eugenie’s cousin, who will present the trophy to the winner as President of the All England Club, a duty he has undertaken since taking up the presidency in 1969 from his mother Princess Marina.
There was no curtseying to the royal box either after the Duke of Kent asked for the practice to stop in 2003 with the exception of when The Queen and Prince of Wales are present.
Princess Eugenie is currently back in the UK from her job in New York at the auction house Paddle8, according to reports the Princess will be part of the organisations’s effort to setup a UK branch of the business.
Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie’s sister Beatrice is reportedly attending the wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium to Lili Rosboch in Rome today as a friend of the couple.
Photo: Wimbledon live stream