Camilla admits she worked as a ball girl and cracks jokes during Wimbledon

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave to Ascot crowds

Queen Camilla made her first appearance of the year at Wimbledon today (Wednesday July 12) as she watched the quarter-finals on Centre Court alongside her sister Annabel Elliot.

Dressed in a summery white outfit with dark stripes running down, Her Majesty looked cheerful and relaxed watching one of the Royal Family’s favourite sports, with Zara and Mike Tindall also in SW19 to watch the tennis.

Before taking her seat in the Royal Box, the 75-year-old was introduced to ball boy Sean, 16, and two ball girls, Larissa, 15, and Cassie, 16, where she asked them if they had worked at Wimbledon before and if they were enjoying their role.

She cracked jokes with the teenagers as she revealed that she was once a ball girl herself, “one hundred years ago at Queen’s [Club]”, saying you have to be very “agile” as the job is “quite difficult”.

Camilla then told Sean that if he was working across all the courts he must be “feeling very fit” and asked Cassie if she was “a bit of an expert” as she said she had been a ball girl at a previous championship.

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Her Majesty was ball girl for Queen’s Tournament during her time as a Queen’s Gate schoolgirl, which had a long association supplying ball girls to the Tournament.

The Queen Consort also met former British number one Johanna Konta, detection dog handler Mark Mills and his search dog, Flo, as well as Teresa Harris, founder of Learn to Love to Read, a literary charity founded in 2014 and supported by The Wimbledon Foundation.

Camilla and other royals are known to be big fans of Wimbledon, with the Princess of Wales already paying a visit last week to watch British No.1 Katie Boulter, and it is thought she may attend again before the tournament ends this weekend.

During one visit in 2013, Camilla told three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe she feared she was “too old” to take up the sport again.

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When the former world number one asked her if she ever played, the then-65-year-old responded: “Oh, very badly … I would love to start again but maybe I’m too old.”

He quickly reassured her: “Never too old, never too old!”, as during the same visit Camilla spoke to former British number one Virginia Wade.

She told the retired tennis pro: “I have got my sister here today. We used to come to watch you year after year. And if we can’t see you, we watch you on the telly.”

Tim Henman attracted criticism on the same day when he greeted the then-Duchess of Cornwall with the words: “Y’all right Your Highness?”

Joining Camilla and her younger sister in the Royal Box this time was Mary Berry, as they watched Ons Jabeur take on Elena Rybakina in the women’s quarter finals.

The Tunisian Jabeur beat Rybakina from Kazakhstan and will play in the semi-finals later in the week.

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