This weekend, three members of royalty will come together for a momentous occasion: the Ladies' Singles Final of Wimbledon. Sitting side-by-side in the stands will be Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, actual British royals, while Serena Williams, long-reigning queen of women's tennis, will be playing on the court in front of them. Kensington Palace confirmed that the two duchesses would be attending Saturday's match in a tweet on Thursday, noting that Kate is also an official patron of Wimbledon, and that Prince William will join his wife in attending the Gentlemen's Singles Final the following day.
Meghan and Kate have both attended Wimbledon before, Kate in her role as Wimbledon patron, and Meghan, before marrying into the royal family, as a friend of Williams'. In fact, both women visited the All-England Club in 2016, Williams's last Wimbledon before taking a break to welcome her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian. That year, Kate watched the U.K.'s Andy Murray win in the Gentlemen's Singles Final, while Meghan stopped by the players' box earlier in the tournament to watch one of Williams's matches—while, coincidentally, seated only a few rows away from Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton.
Williams secured her spot in the finals on Thursday, when she handily defeated German player Julia Görges in their semifinal match. On Saturday, she'll face another German, Angelique Kerber, on Wimbledon's Centre Court, where she'll compete for her eighth singles trophy at the tournament, and her 24th Grand Slam title overall. The tennis pro and Markle have been close friends for some time now, with the former even scoring an exclusive invite to Markle and Prince Harry's wedding earlier this year—and shutting down rumors that the royal reception had included a few games of beer pong.