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King Juan Carlos watches Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza win Wimbledon



Spain’s former Monarch, King Juan Carlos, watched fellow Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza win the Women’s Wimbledon Final from the Royal Box.

The 79-year-old, who abdicated as King of Spain in 2014, sat alongside the Duke of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester as guests in the Royal Box as he cheered Muguruza on as she beat Venus Williams in straight sets.

Also in the Royal Box for the final were TV cook Mary Berry and former Wimbledon winner, Marion Bartoli.

Muguruza is the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon since 1994 when Conchita Martinez beat Martina Navratilova.

Former champion Martinez was also one of the people behind this year’s win, as she is Muguruza’s coach.

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

His Royal Highness has been President of Wimbledon for almost 50 years and has been tasked with presenting the trophies more many decades.

Until last year, Her Majesty The Queen was Patron of Wimbledon, but this patronage was handed down to the Duchess of Cambridge a few months ago.

The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Men’s Wimbledon final tomorrow. It is at this moment unclear whether it will be her or the Duke of Kent who will present the winners trophy.

King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son, King Felipe, in 2014 after a reign spanning over four decades.

Juan Carlos took the crown in 1975 and helped the Spain leave dictatorship for democracy. Prior to becoming monarch, he was the Prince of Spain for seven years. He became constitutional Monarch two days after the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco.