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Wimbledon: The Best Ever Celebrity Sightings

Grazia logo Grazia 28/06/2021 Katie Rosseinsky
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There are a few ways to get your hands on decent seats at Wimbledon, each of them presenting their own difficulties. If you want to win the public ballot you have to be super organised. If you attempt to buy yourself a ticket on the day, you have to get up three hours after you went to bed to queue up all day, most likely in the rain. The only surefire way to bag a good view, all the strawberries and cream you can eat and to rub shoulders with royalty? Be a celebrity.

As far as we can tell, there’s no rhyme or reason as to who gets invited into the Royal Box every year, and it makes for some interesting celebrity pairings. Where else can you see Drake hanging out with Serena Williams in the presence of Pippa and James Middleton? Or catch Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper having a fervent discussion about the Oscars or tennis or whatever else they have in common?

From fleeting visits from Chris Hemsworth and Beyonce, to regulars Hugh Grant and the Beckham troupe, Wimbledon is one of the few annual events where the most unlikely celebs are forced to spend the day together. Whether the celebs are invited solely for the benefit of the people watching at home to coo over when the games get a bit boring, or whether the Chairman of the All England Club - Philip Brook, who holds the golden ticket to the royal box - has an ulterior motive is unclear, but we’re more than happy to see our faves mingling either way.

Of course there are also the royals to look out for, with Prince William and Kate Middleton taking seats for most years. The Queen hasn’t attended the event since 2010, as she’s not really a fan of tennis, but who knows who might turn up this year.

As the competition looms for another year, take a look at the famous faces we’ve spotted in the stands...

2017: The Duchess of Cambridge and Dominic Cooper

Sam Spruell, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Dominic Cooper posing for the camera: celebrities at wimbledon © Credits: Shutterstock celebrities at wimbledon

When Mamma Mia and the British monarchy collide...

2017: Anna Wintour and David Beckham

Anna Wintour, David Beckham posing for the camera: celebrities at wimbledon © Credits: Shutterstock celebrities at wimbledon

Was David hustling for spot on the Met Gala guest list?

2017: Pippa and James Middleton

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The perks of being a royal in-law: there's always a spot in the royal box with your name on it...

2017: Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper

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Just two extremely well-dressed Oscar nominees, having a chat...

2017: Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellan

Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen that are talking to each other: celebrities at wimbledon © Credits: Shutterstock celebrities at wimbledon

The Dowager Countess of Grantham and Gandalf take a summer day trip...

2017: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

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Pippa and James made their Wimbledon debut as a married couple last year.

2016: Anna Wintour, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk

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We can only wonder what Anna thought of Bradley's off-duty look...

2016: Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Beyonce, JAY-Z looking at the camera: celebrities at wimbledon © Credits: Shutterstock celebrities at wimbledon

It's only natural that Queen B would land a seat in the royal box, after all...

2016: Cruz, David and Romeo Beckham

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The Beckham boys (minus Brooklyn) enjoyed a family day out.

2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Sadiq Khan standing in front of a crowd: celebrities at wimbledon © Credits: Shutterstock celebrities at wimbledon

One row behind Kate and Wills, you'll spot Mayor of London Sadiq Khan...

2016: Benedict Cumberbatch, Lily James, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant

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Perfect spot the celeb fodder: look close and you'll spot Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter, Lily James, Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk, Hugh Grant and former PM David Cameron...

2016: Pippa and James Middleton

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Another sibling day out for the Middletons.

2015: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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We can only hope that Chrissy live tweeted the whole match...

2015: Venus Williams and Drake

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Rewind to the summer of 2015, when Drake was doing the tennis HAB thing and attending each and every Serena Williams match...

2015: Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch

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Those facial expressions could be straight out of a Renaissance painting...

2014: Keira Knightley and James Righton

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Keira and husband James opt for co-ordinating navy blue looks.

2014: Hugh Grant, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Three national treasures in the same frame.

2014: Samuel L Jackson and Chris Hemsworth

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Avengers assemble on Centre Court...

2014: David Beckham, Victoria Beckham and Samuel L Jackson

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Oh to be a fly on the wall of the royal box when Victoria Beckham and Samuel L Jackson were deep in conversation...

2014: Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper and Bear Grylls

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The model, the Oscar nominee and the survival expert...

2013: Pippa Middleton and Denise Lewis

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Pippa enjoyed a chat with former heptathlete and BBC pundit Denise.

2013: Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler

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At Wimbledon 2013, a new Hollywood bromance was born...

2012: Pippa Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge

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A rare sighting of the Middleton sisters...

2012: David and Victoria Beckham

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As ever, the Beckhams proved their mastery of co-ordinated couples dressing (though this time no leather was involved...)

2011: Nick Clegg, Billie Jean King and Anne Hathaway

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And lo, the random Wimbledon celebrity generator produced... the then-leader of the Lib Dems, a tennis legend and the Princess of Genovia!

2010: The Queen

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The ultimate royal wave...

2019: Kate Middleton with Anne Keothavong

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Maybe Kate is getting a few tennis tips from the retired British player?

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