Wimbledon truly stands as the premier event for tennis across the world. With such renown, it’s only natural that the championship tournament in London attracts both lovers of the sport and members of the royal family. The Royal Box sits at the baseline of Centre Court and offers some of the best views in the entire stadium. Whether you attend in person or watch from your own home, it’s highly likely there will be at least one royal or celebrity spotting. Though, it does make one wonder who gets an invitation to sit in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.
The Royal Box was introduced in 1922 as place for the royal family to entertain other foreign dignitaries, members of the armed forces, and celebrities as they watch the world’s best tennis players. You may think that the queen gets to choose who gets to sit in one of the 74 dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs, but it’s actually the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) who gives out the invitations.
The chairman receives suggestions from the championship's organizing committee, The Lawn Tennis Association, and other sources to form the highly exclusive invitation list. Guests are given free access to the clubhouse for refreshments and lunch and treated to goody bags at their seat. There's even a flat screen television built into the balcony to ensure guests don’t miss crucial moments from the other matches. It is not possible to pay for a seat in the Royal Box as it is invitation only.
Of course, the royal family is always welcomed to sit in the box, but who you may see popping up in the box each year is truly a mystery. There's no doubt that we'll be seeing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate is a patron of The Lawn Tennis Association.) during the final rounds, but it is still uncertain if the queen or Prince Philip will attend. Guess we'll have to keep our eyes peeled to see who attends this year's championships!
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