THE final week of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships is well underway, and the Royal Box is packed to the brim on day nine with famous faces.
So who is in the Royal Box today?
The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, has been married to Victoria Beckham since 1999 and they have four children. With him today in the royal box was his mum, Sandra.
Sir Richard Branson
The Virgin boss, 68, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2000. Although he’s a highly successful entrepreneur he has also become a huge global figure, recognised throughout the world.
The Virgin Radio DJ, 53, has come a long way since he started work for Piccadilly Radio in Manchester as a teenager. The much-loved figure is also famed for presenting shows like The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday for Channel 4.
Sir Cliff Richard
Even at the age of 78 Sir Cliff is still a huge star, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He’s a huge tennis fan too and can be regularly seen at Wimbledon.
Princess Michael of Kent
The 74-year-old royal is an acclaimed author, having written several books on European royalty. She’s represented The Queen on a number of occasions in an official capacity and works for a number of conservationist organisations.
Sir John Major
The former Prime Minister, 76, was in Number 10 for nearly seven years and was responsible for the Conservative Party’s ‘Back to Basics’ campaign in the mid-90s.
The Queen drummer, 69. wrote or co-wrote three UK Number 1 hits for the iconic rock group and has collaborated with the likes of Robert Plant, Elton John and Roger Daltrey over the years.
Dame Maggie Smith
The British actress, 84, has appeared in more than 50 films in a distinguished career which has seen her collect two Oscars. She won a new generation of fans with her appearances in the Harry Potter films.
The former tennis ace, 57, came to the public’s attention at the US Open in 1978 when she reached the final as a 16-year-old amateur but became best known as a doubles player.
What is the royal box at Wimbledon?
The royal box has the best seats at Wimbledon and is reserved for members of the royal family and invited guests of the All England Club.
It’s always full of famous faces from the world of showbiz and high society.
Perched above Centre Court, the royal box is reserved for use by the Royal Family and other distinguished guests who want to watch the tennis during the Wimbledon Championships.
Each day there is space for 74 guests to take their place on the dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.
Anybody who is invited to watch the tennis from the royal box must stick to a strict dress code that includes a demure dress for ladies and a jacket, tie and proper shoes for men.
How can you get a ticket to sit in the royal box at Wimbledon?
There are no tickets on sale for the Royal Box and guests have to be invited by the All England Club.
Each year, there is an open invitation to all of the Royal Family as well as high ranking members of the government, armed forces and the church – including the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Also encouraged to attend are ambassadors, diplomats and members of foreign royal families and senior figures from the media world.
It is believed that the All England Club and the Lawn Tennis Association take suggestions on who would be suitable to ask to attend.
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How can you get tickets for the tournament?
The ballot for tickets for Wimbledon 2019 has now closed.
But even if you’ve missed out, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take part in the action.
Wimbledon remains one of the only major sporting events in the UK that still sells tickets on the day of play.
All you have to do is get down to the All England Club and, in true British style, get in the queue.
A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court – except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance.
Each day there are also several thousand ground passes available.
These allow the user unlimited access to the outside courts and cost just £25 throughout the opening week of the tournament.