The Duchess of Cambridge sent a lovely message to Wimbledon fans on Monday (29 June) on what would have been the first day of the 2020 Championships.
Wimbledon has been cancelled this year, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and associated social distancing rules.
Kate, who has been royal patron of The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club since 2016, narrated a short video shared on the official @Wimbledon Twitter account, paying tribute to the fans and reminding us all that the Championships will make a triumphant return "when the time is right".
"350 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes between the last ball hit and when the next was meant to be," she says.
"Over the years, your support has shaped this historic event. No matter the time of day or the names on the scoreboard, you have always been there, come rain or shine."
The royal continues: "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."
Her message concludes: "So, when the time is right and we open the gates, we will be back again and it will have been worth the wait."
The film is a moving, one-minute montage all about Wimbledon, including snippets from classic matches, vintage and modern footage of fans on the grounds and in the stands, and clips of celebrity spectators, including David Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge herself.
Other key moments featured include Andy Murray's historic first Wimbledon win in 2013, and the 2019 Men's Singles Final trophy presentation, where Kate herself was present to hand Novak Djokovic the winner's trophy.
Although Wimbledon is not taking place this year, the BBC will be showing a whole host of special programmes dedicated to the tennis tournament over the next two weeks, hosted by Clare Balding and Sue Barker.
Wimbledon airs on BBC One and BBC Two, from 29 June to 10 July.
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