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The Duke of Kent presents Wimbledon trophy to Roger Federer who wins his 8th final

The Duke of Kent has presented the Wimbledon Trophy to Roger Federer who came out on top in the Men’s final against opponent Marin Čilić.

Federer beat Čilić in straight sets and has now won eight Wimbledon finals – a new record for any male player.

Watching the match from the Royal Box was the Duke of Kent alongside the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince & Princess Michae of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

Also taking their seats as guests in the Royal Box were Prime Minister Theresa May, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, actors Eddie Redmayne & Hugh Grant, and golfer Justin Rose. Prince Albert of Monaco was also present.

Marin Čilić receiving his runner up prize from HRH The Duke of Kent

Yesterday, Spain’s former Monarch, King Juan Carlos watched on from the Royal Box as Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza won the Women’s Wimbledon Final against Venus Williams.

Muguruza became the first female Spanish player to win Wimbledon since 1994.

Following the win, the Duke of Kent presented her with the winner’s trophy.

There has been some debate over who would present the trophy to the winners of Wimbledon. The Duchess of Cambridge has recently become Patron of the sport taking over from Her Majesty The Queen.

Many thought that Catherine would be given the honour. However, the Duke of Kent has been President of Wimbledon for almost 50 years now and has presented the trophy since 1969 meaning it has become a tennis tradition.

A Royal Central poll shows that 56% of respondents wanted the Duchess of Cambridge to present the prizes, with 44% wanting the honour to remain with the Duke.

Next year, the Duke will celebrate 50 years as Patron of Wimbledon so is unlikely to give up presentation duties in the near future.

  • David Banks

    Hmmm – Surprise ! So that is how Democracy is treated in the UK?

  • Gill Phipps

    I think it would be much better if The Duchess of Cambridge presented the Ladies Trophy.

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