The 1 Major Difference Between Queen Elizabeth & Kate Middleton That We Never Noticed Before

It’s no secret Queen Elizabeth has taken a liking to Kate Middleton. It helps, of course, that the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, will likely become queen consort after Camilla Parker Bowles. However, that doesn’t mean they have everything in common.

In fact, Queen Elizabeth isn’t a fan of Middleton’s favorite sport: tennis. Although the monarch, 94, has previously supported athletes in her role as patron, she has little-to-no interest in watching matches in her free time. (No offense, Andy Murray.)

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We’re not too surprised by the news, since the monarch rarely goes out of her way for tennis-related events. For example, Queen Elizabeth has attended Wimbledon only four times in her life. Her last appearance took place in 2010 and marked the first time in 33 years (!) that she was spotted in the royal box.

Still, the queen has served as a patron for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for more than 60 years, so the assumption that she enjoys the sport is a common misconception.

The same can’t be said for Middleton, who is a longtime tennis fan. The duchess even narrated a special video message for Wimbledon, where she addressed this year’s canceled tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This year, sadly though, things are very different, but we will bide our time until we sit on the edge of our seats again and celebrate again,” she said. “So, when the time is right and we open the gates, we will be back again, and it will have been worth the wait.”

One question still remains: What on earth do Queen Elizabeth and Middleton talk about during afternoon tea? The great-grandchildren, perhaps?


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