Spanish King Felipe gave a thumbs up from the Wimbledon crowd as Carlos Alcaraz was crowned the new men’s champion.
The Spanish monarch, 55, was smart in a grey jacket with a blue tie and dark trousers as he arrived this afternoon, ready to watch Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz take on Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
The Spanish tennis ace, 20, who is the number one seed, reached his first ever Wimbledon singles final and won.
Father-of-two King Felipe has taken a keen interest in Alcaraz’s career since he stormed to victory in the Madrid open last year.
Speaking about playing in front of the Spanish monarch, Carlos Alcaraz, said: ‘It’s really special.
The Spanish monarch, 55, gave a thumbs up to the new tennis champion after he beat Novak Djokovic
King Felipe of Spain, 55, looked smart in a grey suit jacket and dark trousers as he arrived in the Royal Box on Centre Court ahead of the men’s final
Prince William and Catherine Princess of Wales chatting with King Felipe VI of Spain in the Royal Box on Centre Court Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The Spanish tennis ace, 20, who is the number one seed, reached his first ever Wimbledon singles final and won
Princess Charlotte smiles as she chats to the Spanish Monarch during the Wimbledon 2023 men’s final
Princess Kate and Prince William brought their children, Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, eight, to the All England Club to get in on the action
‘It’s special to play in front of royalty. King Felipe, I am really proud that you are here supporting me.
‘When I played in front of you twice, twice I won, I hope you are coming more! It is really special and I have to thank you for coming and supporting.’
Following Alcaraz’s defeat of fellow Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, at the Madrid Open in 2022, the King congratulated the young tennis star.
A few months later, after winning the Miami Open, the monarch called Alcaraz to offer more congratulations.
‘It’s pretty amazing to get the call from the Spanish king. I was more nervous [for] that call than the match,’ the stunned 20-year-old told reporters.
He added: ‘It’s pretty amazing that the Spanish king congratulates you on the hard work that you put in every day and your win. It’s something that you never thought you were going to receive.’
Felipe, 55, cheered on Alcaraz, whom he has met several times before, as he took the third set from Novak Djokovic
The Spanish monarch attended the men’s final at the All England Club to support 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz
Spaniard Alcaraz (pictured) is taking on seven-time singles champion Novak Djokovic
King Felipe joined British royals including the Prince and Princess of Wales and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent to watch the match.
Princess Kate and Prince William brought their children, Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, eight, to the All England Club to get in on the action – and Charlotte had a whale of a time at her first ever Wimbledon final.
The young royal, eight, looked adorable in a blue floral dress costing £197 from Spanish designer Friki as she arrived at the All England Club with her parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and her nine-year-old brother, Prince George.
On her first ever visit to the Wimbledon Championships Charlotte also chatted to Mu’awwiz Anwar, who is performing the coin toss ahead of the match.
The eight-year-old presented Mu’awwiz with the coin he will use to decide which finalist serves first in the final.
As the family arrived in the Royal Box on Centre Court, they were greeted by a round of applause ahead of the match.