The Princess of Wales has presented world number one Carlos Alcaraz with his first Wimbledon championship trophy, marking the Spaniard’s win against Novak Djokovic who was battling for a record-equalling eighth Wimbledon title.
The tennis stars’ thrilling five-set match was also watched by the Prince of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Both players bowed in front of Kate ahead of receiving their gongs and chatted with the princess briefly before she stepped back and joined the crowd in applauding each of them.
Alcaraz was all smiles in his on-court interview as he remarked on how “special” it was to play in front of royalty – including King Felipe VI of Spain.
Addressing his country’s King, the 20-year-old said: “When I played in front of you, twice that I won. I hope that you are coming more.”
The champion told Djokovic: “You inspire me a lot. I started playing tennis watching you.
“Since I was born you already were winning tournaments. It’s amazing.
Carlos Alcaraz celebrating victory
Carlos Alcaraz celebrates victory (Victoria Jones/PA)
“You said that 36 is the new 26 and you made that happen.”
The Serbian runner-up began to cry during his on-court interview before addressing his wife, Jelena, telling her: “I love you. Thank you for supporting… I give you a big hug and we can all love each other.”
He congratulated Alcaraz on his win and praised his “Spanish bull mentality of competitiveness” in a press conference after the match.
The royals were not the only famous faces spectating at Centre Court.
Brad Pitt watching the match
Brad Pitt watching the match (Adam Davy/PA)
Academy Award-winning actor Brad Pitt and James Bond star Daniel Craig were also enjoying the tennis, along with Australian actor Hugh Jackman, British rapper Stormzy, and US singers Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Tennis fans gathered across the Atlantic at The Hill in New York, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, to watch the men’s final, a day after Spice Girl Melanie C lit the city’s Empire State Building in Wimbledon colours of purple, green and white.
There was more than one historic win at SW19 on Sunday as 17-year-old Henry Searle, cheered on by his very own “Barmy Army”, became the first British boys’ singles champion in 61 years.