Kate Middleton Receives Autographed Shoes for Prince Louis from Tennis Legend Stan Smith

The royals attended the Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Finals on Sunday and were rewarded with a present unlike any other for one-year-old Prince Louis.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was gifted a pair of limited edition tennis shoes for her son, Prince Louis at the Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Final.

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Today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined two of her patronages, Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, for a special photography workshop. The Duchess of Cambridge joined young people from Action for Children for the sessions run by the Royal Photographic Society, which covered elements of photography including as portraits, light and colour. The workshop, run by RPS honorary fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden highlighted how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings. Action for Children, who are marking their 150th anniversary this year, are committed to helping vulnerable children, young people, and their families, across the UK. The Royal Photographic Society, of whom The Duchess today became Patron, is one of the world's oldest photographic societies. It was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. Follow @kensingtonroyal for more.

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The gift was courtesy of none other than the legendary tennis world champion, Stan Smith. The former tennis player handed the priceless gift to the duchess as she assumed her seat beside Prince William in the royal box at Wimbledon’s center court.

The tiny Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes were autographed by the 1972 world champion, who looked on with a satisfied expression as the Duchess expressed her gratitude. Signed in Gold letters on the velcro trainers was the inscription, “To Louis.”

The royal mother of three could not hold back her admiration for the cute little green and white shoes. She held on to the heartwarming gift with a huge smile on her face for most of the match until she was handed a blue shoebox, which supposedly contained the other pair.


This grand gesture took place during the match between defending champion, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

At the end of the match, the Duchess who is also the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club presented the trophies to the winning champion, Novak and the runner up.

Dressed in a pale blue Emilia Wickstead dress, the royal patron looked stunning as she handed out the prizes. Undoubtedly, more eyes were set on her than on the prize winners.



Being a toddler has not stopped the little prince from making sports headlines. His presence at a Polo match last week did not go unnoticed as he made happy faces all through the match.

Coupled with his new pair of Stan Smith Adidas, the young prince has certainly signed up for a life of sports. Like his little brother, Prince George, Kate’s first son also made the news when he declared that Roger Federer was his favorite athlete.

This happened after the two got engaged in a private tennis lesson, and the tennis player confirmed that the 5-year-old had great tennis techniques.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”

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Louis was not the only prince who got a gift on Sunday. His 9-month-old cousin, Archie also got presents from two twelve-year-old girls at the “Lion King” premiere.

Meghan Markle was presented gifts for her son by Evie Chambers and Valentina Walker on her way into the theater.

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson

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The kind little girls got a bouquet, a book and a Simba toy for the 9-month-old.

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