Kate's sweet words to disabled woman who performed Wimbledon coin toss

‘You’re an inspiration’: Kate’s sweet moment with royal fan, 27, at the Wimbledon women’s final as they chat nails and horses

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The Princess of Wales shared a sweet moment with a young royal fan ahead of the Wimbledon Ladies final this afternoon.

Princess Kate, 41, arrived at the All England Lawn, Tennis and Croquet Club amid high winds to meet with hard working staff at the tournament before taking her seat in Centre Court.

Among the people she met who have kept the tournament running was Philippa George, who had been selected to perform the coin toss which decided whether Ons Jabeur or Marketa Vondrousova would serve first.

Ms George, 27, was nominated for the coin toss as a representative of the Riding For The Disabled charity.

As the pair chatted ahead of the final, mother-of-three Kate told her she was an ‘inspiration’ to many people.

The Princess of Wales shared a sweet moment with Philippa George, 27, who had been chosen to perform the coin toss ahead of the Wimbledon women’s final

Upon arrival in SW19, Princess Kate dazzled in a lime green Self Portrait dress costing £420, and was eager to meet the hard working staff members as soon as possible.

The keen tennis fan shook hands with ball boys and ball girls at the All England Club, as well as meeting Philippa.

Dressed in Wimbledon white in a T-shirt and cap emblazoned with the championshop’s logo, Philippa shook Kate’s hand and beamed. 

Kate asked about her Wimbledon-themed nail polish and whether Ms George had been practising for the toss.

Kate took a look at the special coin, which Philippa tossed at the beginning of the match to decide who would serve first, and asked Philippa if she’d been practising

Pictured: Philippa performing the coin toss on Centre Court ahead of the match between Marketa Vondrousova and Ons Jabeur

After a successful coin toss, Philippa managed to get a photo with the two players before the match began

The princess told her she was ‘such an inspiration to so many people’ and was glad she had been recognised.

Ms George, 27, said after the meeting: ‘It was so special. She was asking me about my nails and talked to me about how I like horses.

‘She was really happy that I was here… It means so much.

‘It is such an honour to be here and being part of all this. I am so grateful to have this opportunity.’

The Riding for the Disabled Association was founded in 1969. It provides therapy for disabled adults and children through horse riding and other equestrian activities. 

After performing the coin toss, Philippa posed for a photo with Jabeur and Marketa Vondrousova before the match began. 

Today’s ladies final has seen Centre Court awash with exclusive guests and famous faces, from Princess Kate to Hollywood Royalty.

Among the famous faces in the crowd are Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Garfield.

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is also in the Royal Box this afternoon, where he is accompanied by several former Wimbledon champions including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. 

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