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Why Pippa Middleton and mum Carole were banned from Wimbledon's Royal Box

Kate's younger sister Pippa and mother Carole sat just outside of the VIP area

by Ainhoa Barcelona

With family connections to the Duchess of Cambridge, it's no surprise that Pippa Middleton and her mum Carole are usually treated to VIP seats in the Royal Box at Wimbledon. But the mother-daughter duo were relegated to standard seats on Monday as they arrived too late for Andy Murray's match against Benoit Paire. Kate's younger sister and mother were pictured sitting separately, just outside of the prestigious seating area that is traditionally reserved for royals, athletes and VIP guests.

At Andy's triumphant match, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Roger Federer's wife Mirka were among those who had coveted Royal Box seats, while David Beckham and Kim Sears are other regular VIP ticketholders.

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Carole Middleton and daughter Pippa arrived late to the match

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The change of seating plan didn't dampen Pippa and Carole's spirits, as the tennis lovers were pictured chatting and laughing after the match with a few of Pippa's friends. The 33-year-old author, who married James Matthews in May, looked gorgeous in a mint green dress that showed off her tanned and toned figure.

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Kate's mum, pictured with Anna Wintour, sat just outside of the Royal Box 

This isn't the first time a celebrity has been refused entry to the Royal Box at Wimbledon. In 2015, Lewis Hamilton lost his place after falling foul of the strict dress code, which requires men to wear a jacket and tie in the Royal Box. The Formula One champion, who wore a flowery shirt, was turned away from the men's singles final match owing to an "unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon," his spokesperson said.

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Pippa attended Wimbledon with a guest

Pippa's older sister Kate, 35, also recently revealed that she was once 'banned' from Wimbledon. In 2013, the Duchess had to skip the men's singles final match when she was pregnant with Prince George. She asked her doctor if she could go but he told her "definitely not". "I was very heavily pregnant with George so I wasn't able to turn up," Kate said, starring in new BBC documentary, Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon. "I wrote to [Andy Murray] afterwards saying sorry for not being there but huge congratulations."