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Re: Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon Today!

In America we usually do go to sporting events to relax so dress appropriately.  Horse racing is considered a sport but people certainly do not dress casually at the Kentucky Derby.

 

Wimbledon is not a casual, relaxing event. Traditional dress code is observed and probably will always be part of the event.

 

Europeans are stricter when it comes to dress codes.  Here I see people in church that look as though they came from the beach.  In Italy even tourists cannot enter a church unless properly dressed.

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Re: Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon Today!


@Kachina624 wrote:

 


@Sooner wrote:

@Kachina624 wrote:

The men look so stuffy and uncomfortable all dressed up in suits and ties AT A SPORTING EVENT.  I'm glad I don't live there.


@Kachina624 A response to this issue in general, not specifically to you but a comment that:

 

Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable or stuffy to get anywhere and do something in the world.  It's not a terrible thing to do.  Husband and I had to when we worked--it's part of life.  Even more so for roofers who are uncomfortable, people on oil rigs in heavy boots and coveralls and hard hats, cops, firemen, etc.  A lot of folks have to do uncomfortable things to make a living.  Those folks don't get enough credit just with how they have to appear.  


@Sooner   Fine but people go to sporting events to relax and have a good time.  Not the same as performing your job.


@Kachina624   It was Kate's job. She's the tennis patron now (whatever they formally call that job) which is why she presented the trophies.

 

As for her fashons, I wish she wouldn't wear her dresses and coats 

As long as she has been esp lately, i.e. not much above the ankles. She is very tall and very slim, and that length makes her look even taller and slimmer (we used to say "like a bean pole"). I think her dresses especially would look better several inches shorter.

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Re: Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon Today!


@Mersha wrote:

The Wimbledon tennis tournament is played once a year and lasts a fortnight.  It is played at the very stuffy and laden with rules All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

 

It is the only tennis tournament that strictly enforces that players are to wear only white clothing on the courts or you will not be permitted to play.

 

The Royal Box has always been shirt, tie and jacket, which is another absurd rule in place.

 

To make a small child sit in that outfit in the sweltering heat is crazy.  They should have left him at home to watch it on TV if he chose to do so.


The problem is that George will be involved in the Wimbledon tradition long before he becomes King. Its a necessary part of his training, as strange as it is to us, as mothers. We'd never have to consider half the things the "royals" have to prepare their kids for. Like from a different planet, I think.

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Re: Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon Today!

@Pearlee    I was thinking more in terms of the men in their suits and ties looking hot and very uncomfortable.  I'd rather stay home than subject myself to that.

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The tennis whites code for players is consistently challenged but hasn't changed yet. That said, the dress code for attendees is much more forgiving and the whole jacket and tie thing is not part of it. That's simply one of those unwritten rules that some follow in perpetuity, particularly when seated in the royal box.


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From Wimbledon.com:

 

The Royal Box has been used for the entertainment of friends and guests of Wimbledon since 1922. The Royal Box has 74 seats. They are dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.

 

British and overseas Royal Families are invited as well as heads of government, people from the world of tennis, commercial partners, British armed forces, prominent media organisations, supporters of British tennis and other walks of life.

 

Invitations come from the Chairman of the All England Club, taking into account suggestions from members of The Championships’ Organising Committee, The Lawn Tennis Association and other relevant sources.

 

Guests are invited to the Clubhouse for lunch, tea and drinks at the end of the day.

Protocol - dress is smart, suits/jacket and tie, etc. Ladies are asked not to wear hats, as they tend to obscure the vision of those seated behind them. 

 

Bowing/Curtseying on Centre Court

In 2003, in accordance with the wishes of HRH The Duke of Kent, the Club’s President, it was agreed that the time was right to discontinue the tradition of players bowing/curtseying to members of the Royal family on entering or leaving the Centre Court. The only exceptions will be for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Re: Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon Today!


@ladyfox412 wrote:

In America we usually do go to sporting events to relax so dress appropriately.  Horse racing is considered a sport but people certainly do not dress casually at the Kentucky Derby.

 

Wimbledon is not a casual, relaxing event. Traditional dress code is observed and probably will always be part of the event.

 

Europeans are stricter when it comes to dress codes.  Here I see people in church that look as though they came from the beach.  In Italy even tourists cannot enter a church unless properly dressed.

 

 

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What should I wear to Wimbledon? There is no official Wimbledon dress code for spectators beyond a few forbidden items: no torn jeans, running vests, dirty sneakers, or sport shorts.

 

While there is no dress code for Wimbledon spectators, dressing smartly is encouraged, especially if frequenting Centre Court or Court Number One. 

 

The Evening Standard on Wimbledon Etiquette...

 


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Bums stay on the street. ROFL

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I'm sure there is air conditioning piped into the Royal Box. None of the family seemed to be uncomfortable with the heat. At the Kentucky Derby the boxes are air conditioned and quite comfortable.