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Prince William and Kate leave George and Charlotte at home to attend Wimbledon

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Prince William and Kate took time off parenting duties to attend a day out at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are regular attendees of the south west London tennis tournament, were spotted taking their seats in the Royal Box.

The couple were watching some of the day's quarter-final matches on Centre Court, cheering on Britain's Andy Murray as he took on Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

The royals had left their newborn daughter Princess Charlotte and big brother Prince George, who is set to turn two this month, at home, most likely in the care of their nanny.

Kate and William made their return to Wimbledon on Wednesday

Tennis fan Kate, who has played the sport from a young age and competed against William at university, won plaudits from fashion fans for her impeccable court-side style.

The 33-year-old Duchess made her much-awaited appearance in a red, knee-length dress. She teamed the bright outfit with her favourite nude shoes, and showed off her gorgeous new hairstyle – shorter hair with new cheekbone-skimming layers.

Kate, who welcomed her second child in May, showed no signs of sleepless nights and kept her make-up natural.

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Sitting on the edge of their seats, William and Kate eagerly watched the match and were pictured cheering and applauding and at one point slightly grimacing as the action heated up.

Wednesday was a good day for royal enthusiasts, who got the chance to see several blue-blooded Wimbledon atendees. Seated next to William was the Countess of Wessex, while Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also at the All England Club. Completing the royal line-up was prince Albert of Monaco.

The Countess of Wessex was sat next to Prince William and Kate

Kate's mother and father, Carole and Michael Middleton were also checking out the sporting action - marking the second time they have attended the tournament so far.

Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance

Other famous spectators spotted in attendance included William's friend David Beckham, who he has worked with for his United for Wildlife campaigns. The retired football player, who was joined by his second son Romeo, both looked suave in matching blue suits.

The Duchess used to play tennis opposite William at university, where their romance began

Earlier on in the week, Kate's younger siblings James and Pippa Middleton also attended Wimbledon, although they were seated separately. James made a rare appearance with his girlfriend-of-two years Donna Air, and the couple were seen chatting and laughing throughout the matches, while Pippa enjoyed the day out with friends.

Last year William and Kate visited Wimbledon twice. The Duke and Duchess watched Britain's Andy Murray lose out to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the men's singles quarter-final match. A few days later they made their return to watch Roger Federer play Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final.

William and Kate's most recent outing to Wimbledon came just a few days after the Cambridges made their first high-profile appearance as a family-of-four, stepping out for the christening of baby Princess Charlotte with their older son Prince George.

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