The unlikely royal to step in for Princess Kate if she can’t attend Wimbledon finals

It is hoped that Princess Kate will be well enough to attend the finals at Wimbledon this weekend, but there is a back-up plan in place.

Princess Kate’s possible replacement to present the winner’s trophies at Wimbledon has been revealed, and it’s someone many royal fans might not recognise.

As patron of the All England Club the Princess of Wales has presented trophies to the  tennis champions since 2016, but her ongoing cancer treatment has raised questions over whether she will feel well enough to do so this weekend.

Kate has only made one public appearance so far this year, at Trooping the Colour last month, but if she is unavailable the Duchess of Gloucester is being lined up to present the awards, according to The Telegraph.

All England Club Chair Debbie Jevans told the publication that officials at  Wimbledon would remain “flexible” on arrangements, with a final decision on presenting duties not expected to be made until the morning of the women’s final on Saturday.

Kensington Palace has not confirmed any engagements for the Princess in the foreseeable future as she continues to receive preventative chemotherapy.

Duchess of Gloucester at Royal Ascot 2024

The Duchess of Gloucester may present the trophies at  Wimbledon (Image: Getty)

A fortnight ago Ms Jevans said she was “hopeful” that the Princess would be at Wimbledon, however it has been reported that during informal discussions the Duchess had emerged as a replacement candidate.

The Duchess of Gloucester was born in Denmark and was known as Birgitte van Deurs Henriksen before she married Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester in 1972.

She is equally as big a tenns fan as Kate and has been an Honorary President of the Lawn  Tennis Association for 25 years, having already been spotted at the tournament as a guest of the All England Club last week.

Princess Kate at Wimbledon

It is hoped Kate will be well enough to attend  Wimbledon (Image: Getty)

Prince William will be unavailable to present the trophies as he is likely to be in Germany for the final of Euro 2024, with England set to play the Netherlands in the semi-final on Wednesday.

As President of the FA William has been cheering his beloved England on for many matches as the royal summer of  sport reaches its climax this weekend.

It is hugely important for  Wimbledon to have royal support, with the potential optics of the Princess handing a trophy over to a Russian player said to be part of the reason  tennis players from Russia were banned following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Prince William hugs Bukayo Saka

Prince William has been supporting England in the Euros (Image: Getty)

Ms Jevans previously said: “We’re hopeful that the Princess of Wales will be able to present the trophies as the Club’s patron, but her health and recovery is the priority.

“We don’t know what we don’t know. All we’ve said is that we’ll work with her and give her as much flexibility as possible.

“I don’t know who would present the trophies as an alternative – that’s something to consider nearer the time if necessary. We’re staying flexible. When we hear we’ll then think about what’s the right thing to do.”

Even if Kate cannot attend her parents Carole and Michael Middleton were spotted enjoying the matches on Centre Court last week.

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