THE second 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 as defending men’s champ Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all hope to get through to the latter stages of the competition?
Dame Twiggy Lawson, 69, is a British icon in the fashion world and emblematic of swinging sixties London. The Londoner became known as a model for her thin build, androgynous look that mixed short hair, big eyes and long eyelashes.
The Welsh Dame, 82, from Cardiff has enjoyed a long and successful singing career and is perhaps most noted for recording the theme song to three James Bond movies, including the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, 71, featired in the royal box today adding some serious royal gravitas to events.
The Duke of Kent
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 83, is the first cousin of The Queen through their fathers. He has held the title since he was six after the death of his father in a plane crash.
Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, married The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex in 1999.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
The reigning monarch of the principality, 61, is also expected to take a seat in the royal box. He is the son of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly. He is thought to be one of the wealthiest royals in the world.
Sir Michael Parkinson
The veteran broadcaster, 84, known as “Parky” was the chat show king with his show Parkinson which ran from 1971 to 1982 and then 1998 to 2007. Before entering into the TV world he served for two years in the Army and took part in the Suez Operation in 1956.
The current Chancellor of the Exchequer, 63, has been an MP since 1997 and served as the Defence Secretary under David Cameron as well as the Transport Secretary.
Fiona, 55, was the first female newsreader of the BBC News at Ten bulletin. Over the years she has also fronted many high profile shows such as Crimewatch and Antiques Roadshow and currently hosts Question Time.
The TV presenter and horticulture expert, 70, will no doubt appreciate how well the grass courts of Wimbledon are maintained. The TV favourite presented The Chelsea Flower Show from 1983 to 2013.
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.
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.