Why Zara Tindall and her husband Mike avoided the Royal Box at Wimbledon


Jenni McKnight

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall surprised royal fans when they attended Wimbledon on Wednesday, enjoying an afternoon of hard tennis – but not the Royal Box.

Instead, the Queen’s granddaughter and her husband sat among the crowds in the center court stands as they watched the men’s quarter-finals.

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This isn’t the first time the couple have opted for the best seats in the house. On their last outing to the tennis tournament in 2019, they were spotted mingling with a host of sports stars instead of royals.

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One of the reasons they may have decided against the Royal Box is that they were special guests of Rolex watchmakers.

Zara and Mike were seated next to retired Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg and his wife Viviane Sibold. As he sat right behind them was legendary British Formula One racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart, who wore a straw hat with the ‘Rolex’ branding on top.

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Mike and Zara made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon on Wednesday

There were also several other guests seated nearby wearing the same ‘Rolex’ branded hat, which could mean that Zara – who looked stunning in a long striped shirt dress from Sport Max Code – and Mike chose to take advantage of their five star hospitality instead. to be seated in the royal box.


Zara looked gorgeous in Sport Max Code when she appeared in 2019

This was not wasted because the Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor and guest of honor Prince Albert of Monaco all enjoyed the action on the court from the Royal Box.

Other guests invited to sit in the lodge at the time included the Duchess of Cambridgethe mother of, Carole Middleton, Twiggy, Anna Wintour, Sir Michael Parkinson and Dame Shirley Bassey.


Mike and Zara didn’t sit in the Royal Box at Wimbledon in 2019

Popular places are usually reserved for people like Prince William and Kate, who is the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and other members of the royal family.

To get an invitation to one of the 74 seats available, you must be invited by the President of the All England Club.

Guests typically include heads of government, tennis figures, business partners, the UK armed forces, leading media organizations, UK tennis fans, and more.

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