The Duchess of Cambridge swaps signature clutch for handbag at Wimbledon

Long lines snaked down to the All England Club today as the opening day of Wimbledon championships started play.

The Duchess is attending in the capacity of Patron of Wimbledon, a position she took over from The Queen previous year.

It was no surprise that Wimbledon was one of the organisations Her Majesty has stepped down from.

With big names like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova missing out on the tournament, the women's draw is wide open with last year's finalist Angelique Kerber starting out as the top seed. "Until we hear otherwise I can only assume the Duke will hand out prizes as usual" suggesting that this is all the information the Club has been given about the change at this time.

Kate Middleton chatted to ex tennis players and ball boys and girls as she led this year's Wimbledon arrivals on day one of the annual tournament.

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Wimbledon is upon us, which means it's time to watch tennis.

As Wimbledon 2017 kicks off on Monday, Google rolled out a new Doodle to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the world's oldest tennis tournament.

These photos from Reuters show how the grass at Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club looked on each day of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships (click on image for a larger version).

The All England Club was originally founded for the goal of croquet in 1869, but croquet was rapidly overtaken by the new pastime of tennis.

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