Prince Charles attended Wimbledon for the first time since 1970

Chris Chase
June 27, 2012

Not that you needed a reminder that Wimbledon oozes class, but Prince Charles added a touch of royalty to the proceedings on Wednesday, attending the All England Club tournament for the first time since 1970.

The Prince watched Roger Federer defeat Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes. Both players bowed to the Prince and the Duchess but only after Federer gave tips to the Italian before they walked onto Centre Court.

Federer may have been confused when Charles didn't bow back.

The official Wimbledon website explains:

Centre Court action began today in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who sat in the Royal Box next to Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia.

The Duchess arrived at 11.40am and was met by Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Club, and committee member John Dunningham. She shook hands with an impressive line-up of Service Stewards, and also Chief Steward Andrew Gairdner who retires after this year's Championships.

[...] Prince Charles was not due until after lunch but arrived 45 minutes ahead of schedule, so a place was made for him at the table. Prior to perusing the menu, he met four retired Australian players Frank Sedgman, Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser and Judy Dalton, in a nod to the forthcoming tour of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea that The Prince will undertake later this year accompanied by The Duchess as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Wow, that's much more fancy than what you usually read at the U.S. Open. "Play began Thursday in the presence of Angelo from Astoria, who perused the concourse before settling on a Johnny Mac and Cheese and a 32-ounce Budweiser. And Will Ferrell sat behind Woody Allen and Soon-Yi."