Catherine, Princess of Wales, will not attend the charity event she was co-hosting with tennis legend Roger Federer on September 22.
The official royal mourning period lasts up to seven days after Monday’s funeral, which means that all unrelated official appearances are cancelled.
as such Town and Country Reports, unfortunately, means that Princess Kate will also miss Federer’s last professional tennis event before his recently announced retirement.
Back in August, it was announced that King and the athlete will be co-hosting a fundraiser where all ticket proceeds for the Laver Cup open practice day in London will be donated to Action for Children and the LTA Tennis Foundation.
The practice day event of course is still ongoing, and the Laver Cup venue’s website still states that proceeds will benefit these two organizations – however, the Princess will not be in attendance as originally planned.
This must have been bittersweet for her: Of course, she was very close to her husband’s grandmother and should have been happy to observe the mourning period, but she is also a big fan of tennis and patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (where Wimbledon is held).
She plays an amateur (skillful, I’m sure), has long-term relationships with a slew of tennis players, and has passed on her love of the sport to her two children, George and Charlotte, who have reportedly been taking lessons for years (including from Federer himself!). Her eldest son, George, even attended Wimbledon for the first time in 2022, in addition to taking home the trophy for champion Novak Djokovic. However, there will be a lot of tennis-based events in the future.