The Middletons take their places in the Wimbledon Royal Box

MICHAEL and Carole Middleton, the parents of Prince William’s wife Catherine, were treated to seats in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents were in place to watch David Ferrer take on Juan Martin del Potro, a match followed by two women’s quarter-finals, featuring four-time champion Serena Williams against title-holder Petra Kvitova, and Sabine Lisicki versus Angelique Kerber.

It was a move up for Carole Middleton, who was in the regular seats on Centre Court when she visited the All England Club on Wednesday.

But when Catherine’s siblings James and Pippa attended on Thursday, they were treated to the best seats in the house.

Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, the All England Club president, was at his regular place in the Royal Box.

Bahraini royal Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifa, a deputy prime minister, was also on the guest list.

Others included Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board; veteran war correspondent Max Hastings, sitting next to British mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins; and Britain’s 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis.

Last week, William’s father Prince Charles visited the tournament for the first time since 1970. He was joined by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. — AFP

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