The Wimbledon tennis championships are now drawing to a close, as the women’s and mixed finals concluded the second to last day of proceedings. Serena Williams faced off against Simona Halep in the women’s finals today, in a short clash between the two eminent players. Ms Halep won in straight sets against the 23-time grand slam champion this afternoon. The last double and singles events take place tomorrow, including the much-anticipated men’s final battle between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Which celebrities were at Wimbledon today?
Serena Williams vs Simona Halep attracted an all-star cast of celebrity and society elites.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, sat in the royal box with sister Pippa and her husband, James Matthews.
Sandwiched in between the two sisters was Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, using her maternity leave to watch close friend Serena Williams try for her 24th grand slam.
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Despite its name, the royal box isn’t reserved just for the Royal Family.
Showbiz royalty was also in attendance at the stands, with Hollywood celebrities and sporting legends watching on.
These famous figures were sitting in the royal box today:
– Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
– Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
– Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
– Theresa and Phillip May
– Woody Harrelson
– Lily James
– Jodie Whittaker and Christian Contreras
– Virginia Wade
– Martina Navratilova
– Aidan Turner
– Sir Mark Rylance
How do you get tickets for the royal box at Wimbledon?
The Wimbledon royal box is reserved on behalf of the Royal Family but officially for the “entertainment of friends and guests of Wimbledon”.
Those who sit in this reserved area are members of foreign royal families, government leaders, armed forces personnel and media organisations.
Only select people can sit in the area, and there are no tickets available to the general public.
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Guests are chosen exclusively by outgoing Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook.
The stands in the royal box have 74 seats, so spaces may be difficult to procure even among the eligible.
Traditionally guests had to bow or curtsey to members of the Royal Family who were sitting in the stands.
Officials dropped the rule in 2004, and guests now only need to bow or curtsey to the Queen.