Highlights from day nine at Wimbledon
Queen Camilla once had a playful interaction with Richard Branson when attending Wimbledon.
The then Duchess of Cornwall bent down and touched the Virgin media tycoon’s beard as she made her way to her seat in 2018, and he appeared to raise his face to allow it.
The billionaire beamed as he was greeted by Camilla who was accompanied by Philip Brook, the former chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
That year, she attended the tournament to watch the quarter-finals along with Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, and the Princess of Wales’s mother and siblings, Carole, Pippa and James Middleton.
And this year, the 75-year-old has once again paid a visit to SW19 to watch the quarter-finals, chatting to ball girls before taking her seat in the Royal Box on Wednesday.
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During the playful exchange, the new Queen, donning a polka dot cream dress and nude heels, greeted the billionaire warmly, appearing to stroke his beard.
After shaking his hand, she returned to her seat to watch the game on Centre Court.
Richard, who attended in 2018 with his daughter Holly Branson, who is a friend of Camilla’s niece Princess Beatrice, has sat in SW19’s most exclusive several times over the years.
Although, he is not a fan of the dress code, tweeting in 2012 that he “normally would not be seen dead in a tie”, but decided to “make an exception” for Wimbledon.
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This year, Camilla was joined by various A-Listers in the most exclusive area of Wimbledon, not only culinary royalty but actual royalty, too.
The 88-year-old queen of baking Mary Berry was spotted in the Royal Box donning a summery blue dress.
Princess Anne’s only daughter Zara Tindall, 42, and her rugby star husband Mike, 44, were also seen enjoying the sport. Although, the couple looked on from the stands rather than from within the Royal Box.
Pippa Middleton, 39, who is as much of a fan of tennis as her older sister, was also spotted watching on from the stands with her husband James Matthews, 47.
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Camilla, accompanied by the now chairman of AELTC Ian Hewitt, greeted ball boys and girls, reminiscing about how she had that very role herself many years ago.
Talking to one ball boy Sean, 16, she noted that he and his colleagues would have to be “very fit” to take on the job.
She joked: “You have to be very agile. I remember doing it one hundred years ago at Queen’s [Club]. It is quite difficult.”
Wimbledon matches are being shown on the BBC all this week.
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