Wimbledon is well and truly under way and aside from the tennis, it is the perfect opportunity for some serious people-watching.
The great and the good turn out in their finery to what is one of the highlights of the summer season and can be seen in the Royal Box on Center Court.
There are just 74 seats and they are reserved for members of the Royal Family and guests of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) – more familiar to most as Wimbledon.
According to chairman Ian Hewitt, invitations to the Royal Box “reflect the Club’s desire to recognize people who work towards making the world a better place for everyone, providing stellar public service in all walks of life, and whose achievements are a source of inspiration, marvel and gratitude.”
On Monday, the start of the 14-day tournament, among the celebrities who had a seat there were promoters of diversity and inclusion, and members of the medical profession who have been instrumental in the country’s response to the pandemic including Madelaine McTernanformer Director-General of the Vaccines Taskforce.
Alongside them was Vadym PrystaikoAmbassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom.
Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon. however, without a flurry of famous faces. On the first day, they were treated to some big-name action from among others, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Emma Radacanu.
Television personalities Holly Willoughby† Phillip Schofield† Amanda Holden† Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes all looked in good spirits.
As did Stacey Dooley and her partner† former Strictly dancerKevin Clifton†
Other TV stars at SW19 included Alexander Armstrong and his pointless colleague and writer Richard Osman† Wimbledon regular Sir Cliff Richard also looked serious as it took in some tennis.
Other music figures spied milling around included former wham! star Andrew Ridgeley and fellow pop star Rachel Stevens†
From the world of sport, there was Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewartfellow F1 champion Jensen Button, nine-times Wimbledon ladies’ singles champion, Martina Navratilovaand Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman†
Astronaut Tim Peake was spotted sitting next to Navratilova. Prince Michael of Kent was also in attendance.
Raducanu won against Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck in the opening match of the championship and Murray also enjoyed victory beating Australian James Duckworth much to the delight of the crowd.
On Tuesday, adventurer Bear Grylls and actor Zoe Wannamaker took their seats, as did Zara and Mike Tindall†
The crowd watched enthralled as 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams was knocked out in the first round, losing to France’s Harmony Tan.
Although hopes were high on Wednesday, both Radacanu and Murray crashed out. Raducanu lost to France’s Caroline Garcia and Murray missed out to the US’s John Isner.
Howevcer there was good news for Britons Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart, who made it through to the third and second rounds respectively. Rafael Nadal also beat Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
On day three, once again Sir Cliff Richard took his seat to watch the action, as did broadcaster and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald†
And eastenders and Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis enjoyed some top flight tennis.
Regular Wimbledon goers Carole and Michael Middletonthe parents of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, were also out in force.
As the patron of the All England Lawn and Tennis Croquet Club, Catherine will no doubt be joining her parents by gracing the pews at the Royal Box during the championships.