It is one of the hottest tickets in sports, so it is of no surprise the Royal Box was packed with a dazzling array of stars as the Wimbledon men’s semi finals got underway this afternoon.
Actors Hugh Grant and Damien Lewis rubbed shoulders with pop star Leona Lewis and her dancer fiancé Dennis Jauch, while former tennis pro Pat Cash snapped a selfie with adventurer Bear Grylls.
Along the front row it was largely royal invitees, with regular fixtures Prince and Princess Michael of Kent taking their seats alongside the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Margaret’s son Lord Snowdon.
The great and the good from world tennis were also well represented, with chiefs of the Australian, French and US national organisations all in attendance.
Elsewhere there was a smattering of leading lights from the world of business, with Sir Joseph Hotung and Charles Delevingne among the most notable.
Despite the intrigue and excitement that must have passed between the high profile spectators, all eyes were most definitely on Centre Court when Novak Djokovic claimed victory against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Later they will watch Roger Federer take on Rafa Nadal in a clash of the titans.
Royal box roll call! 1.Charles Delevingne, 2. David Linley, 3. Gill Brook, 4. Sir Joseph Hotung, 5. Duchess of Gloucester, 6. Philip Brook, 7. Prince Michael of Kent, 8. Princess Michael of Kent, 9. Mrs Simon Howard, 10. Aftab Jafferjee, 11. Sir William Worsely, 12. Isabella Worsely, 13. Tammy Galbraith, 14. Patrick Galbraith, 15. Catherine Wilson, 16. Pat Cash, 17. Susan Attenborough, 18. Sir David Attenborough, 19. David Haggerty, 20. Bernard Giudicelli, 21. Richard Hrdlicka, 22. Jayne Hrdlicka, 23. Dennis Jauch, 24. Leona Lewis, 25. Shara Grylls, 26. Bear Grylls, 27. Phillipa Coan, 28. Jude Law, 29. Anna Eberstein, 30. Hugh Grant, 31. Kitty McIntyre, 32. Michael McIntyre, 33. Helen McCrory, 34. Damien Lewis, 35. Rebecca Gleeson, 36. Eric Bana, 37. Nick Faldo, 38. Lindsay De Marco, 39. Fiona Ferguson, 40. Alex Ferguson
1. Charles Delevingne
Property developer Charles Delevingne, 70, will be best known to many as the father of daughters Chloe, Poppy and Cara. From a well-connected clan, Mr Delevingne is today a guest of Lord Snowdon.
2. Lord Snowdon
Son of Princess Margaret and photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Lord Snowdon is a furniture designer and former chairman of Christie’s. He is married to Serena but attended without her today.
3. Gill Brook
The wife of Wimbledon chairman Phillip Brook, Gill was on hand to chat to Lord Snowdon and Sir Joseph Hotung. By virtue of her husband’s position, Mrs Brook is a regular fixture on the front row of the Royal Box.
Concentration: Lord Snowdon (front centre) looked focused as he watched the match alongside Gill Brook (front right), they were seated in front of Pat Cash (middle right) and girlfriend Catherine Wilson (middle left). On the row behind them was (from left) Dennis Jauch, Leona Lewis and adventurer Bear Grylls. They watched Novak Djokovic in the first men’s semi final
4. Sir Joseph Hotung
Sir Joseph Hotung, 89, is a renowned businessman and philanthropist who has held a string of distinguished posts in both London and Hong Kong, where his family is from. He is also known as a collector of Chinese art.
5. Duchess of Gloucester
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, 73, is the wife of the Duke of Gloucester, a first cousin of the Queen. The Danish-born royal is a full-time working member of the Royal Family and travels extensively in her role.
6. Philip Brook
Elected chairman of Wimbledon’s All England Club in 2011, Philip Brook is a former captain of Cambridge University’s tennis team.
7. Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent, 77, is a first cousin of the Queen. He receives no public money, but does undertake a range of public duties, including representing The Queen at certain engagements.
Fixtures of the front row! Prince Michael of Kent, left, and Princess Michael of Kent, right, in the Royal Box at Wimbledon
8. Princess Michael of Kent
The 74-year-old royal has been married to Prince Michael since 1978. Sometimes known as ‘Princess Pushy’ for her imperious ways, Princess Michael recently saw her daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor married to Thomas Kingston.
9. Mrs Simon Howard
Rebecca Howard is the wife of Simon Howard, whose family have called 17th-century Castle Howard in North Yorkshire home for 10 generations. She is attending as a guest of Princess Michael of Kent.
10. Aftab Jafferjee QC
Aftab Jafferjee QC is a high profile criminal prosecutor who was listed by The Times as being one of the country’s top ten criminal barristers at/under the age of fifty.
11. & 12. Sir William Worsley and Isabella Worsely
Yorskshire landowner Sir William Worsley was last year appointed Tree Champion to drive forward planting rates and prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees. He attended with his daughter Isabella.
Starry meeting: Hugh Grant and wife Anna, left, speak to Michael McIntyre, right, in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today
Relaxed: Australian tennis star Pat Cash, left, leans back to speak to TV adventurer Bear Grylls, centre, in the Royal Box
13. & 14. Patrick and Tammy Galbraith
Former tennis pro and world no.1 Patrick Galbraith was last year elected as chairman and president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He took in the action at Wimbledon alongside wife Tammy.
15. & 16. Catherine Wilson and Pat Cash
Retired Australian professional tennis player Pat Cash, 54, cut a stylish figure in the Royal Box today. He was seen grabbing a selfie with Bear Grylls (on the row behind) and chatting to his partner Catherine Wilson.
17. & 18. Susan and Sir David Attenborough
Truly a national treasure, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, 93, looked sprightly as he took his seat alongside his daughter Susan. His new series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, is expected to air on the BBC this year.
Holding court: David Attenborough spoke to Princess Michael of Kent and Aftab Jafferjee QC, right, during a break from play
19. David Haggerty
David Haggerty is an American tennis administrator who was elected President of the International Tennis Federation in September 2015.
20. Bernard Giudicelli
French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli made headlines last year when he said in a magazine interview that the black catsuit worn by Serena Williams ‘will no longer be accepted’ at the French Open.
21. & 22. Patrick and Jayne Hrdlicka
Businesswoman Jayne Hrdlicka has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the US and Australia. She is also chairman and president of Tennis Australia.
Rare public appearance: Pop star Leona Lewis, right, and fiancé Dennis Jauch, left, appeared in excellent spirits today
23. & 24. Dennis Jauch and Leona Lewis
The outing by pop star Leona Lewis and fiancé Dennis Jauch marks a rare public appearance for the couple, who prefer to keep a low profile. The 34-year-old singer looked chic in a stylish blue and white stripe jumpsuit.
25. & 26. Shara and Bear Grylls
TV survival expert Bear Grylls and wife Shaura looked dapper in their summer finery as they took their seats alongside celebrities in the Royal Box. Bear, 45, and his wife of almost 20 years share three children.
Newlywedded bliss: Dr Phillipa Coan and Jude Law, who married in May, giggled as they took in the action at Wimbledon
27. & 28. Dr Phillipa Coan and Jude Law
Actor Jude Law and psychologist Dr Phillipa Coan tied the knot in May and looked every inch the loved-up newlyweds as they chatted and joked in the Royal Box. They recently returned from honeymoon in Sardinia.
29. & 30. Anna Eberstein and Hugh Grant
Continuing the star-studded line up were Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein, who cut a chic figure in a monochrome ensemble. The couple married last year and have a six-year-old son, John Mungo Grant.
31. & 32. Kitty and Michael McIntyre
Comedian Michael McIntyre and his wife of 16 years Kitty made a rare joint public appearance to watch the men’s semi finals today. The low key couple, who have sons Lucas, 14, and Oscar, 11, stay largely out of the limelight.
Low key: Acting power couple Helen McCrory, 50, and Damien Lewis, 48, were seated on the far side of the Royal Box
33. & 34. Helen McCrory and Damien Lewis
Acting power couple Helen McCrory, 50, and Damien Lewis, 48, were typically understated at the tournament today. Lewis appears in Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated summer film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
35. & 36. Eric Bana and Rebecca Gleeson
Another low key couple who stepped into the spotlight for Wimbledon was actor Eric Bana, 50, and his wife Rebecca, 48. The Australian couple were seated at the edge of the Royal Box next to McCrory and Lewis.
37. & 38. Sir Nick Faldo and Lindsay De Marco
Golfer Sir Nick, 61, was joined by his girlfriend Lindsay De Marco for the event today.
39. & 40. Fiona Ferguson and Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, 77, proved just how close he is to his family by stepping out with daughter-in-law Fiona, who is married to his son eldest son Mark. The couple tied the knot in 2000.
Family outing: Sir Alex Fergsuon, centre, stepped out with his daughter-in-law Fiona, left in yellow, this afternoon