Wimbledon 2019: Melanie Sykes, Ashley James and Will Poulter rub shoulders with Duchess of Cambridge at The Championships

MELANIE Sykes, Ashley James and Will Poulter were among the stars rubbing shoulders with royalty at Wimbledon today.

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance to cheer on Harriet Dart in court 14 before returning to the royal box shared by some famous faces.

David and Victoria Beckham's son Romeo, 16, was also spotted at the All England Club – but could have been mistaken for a tennis player in his whites.

Meanwhile Championships sponsor Champagne Lanson welcomed Olivier Award-nominated actress Frances Barber, fashion designer to the stars Ozwald Boateng OBE and wannabe Prime Minister Boris Johnson's sister Rachel to their launch day.

Ozwald is fresh from attending Luther star Idris Elba's luxury wedding to Sabrina Dhowre after crafting his suit for the Moroccan wedding ceremony.

Meanwhile Rachel kept tight-lipped on her brother's bid for PM as she caught up with Sky's The Pledge co-star Nick Ferrari.

And actress Frances excitedly revealed she's starring in MUSIK, a new cabaret show penned by Jonathan Harvey with brand new tracks written by The Pet Shop Boys.

Reprising her role of Bille Trix in Closer to Heaven, Frances told The Sun Online: "We've been talking about doing a one-woman show for about 18 years and now it's finally happening.

"The Pet Shop Boys have written six news new songs for me that have never been heard.

"We're rehearsing now and it's full speed ahead to open in Edinburgh on August 5.

"I'm feeling very frightened and nervous about it, but I'm over the moon about doing it.

"It's going to be fun. Hopefully everyone will laugh and enjoy themselves!"

On the first day of the tournament, 15-year-old Cori Gauff caused an unexpected upset by beating her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams.

Behind the scenes, stars gathered at Champagne Lanson's suite where they celebrated the launch of its Vintage Lanson Gold Label 2009.

Thirsty tennis fans who desire bubbles with their strawberries and ice cream at The Championships will exclusively be drinking Champagne Lanson over the two-week tournament.

It's expected that 25,000 bottles will be popping during this time.

Celebrating Lanson's 42nd associated partnership year at The Championships, managing director Paul Beavis said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing our long-standing – and very happy – relationship with everyone involved with this international Tournament.

"This is undoubtedly the world’s finest tennis event. It is very exciting to be able to continue to be a part of the Wimbledon story and we have ambitious plans to build on its success.

"We always love to bring something new to the annual event.

"Last year we launched our Lanson Green Label Brut Organic Champagne – this year, we are thrilled that our guests will be able to enjoy our quite special Vintage Lanson Gold Label 2009.

"It will be a prestigious addition to our existing offering at The Championships, Wimbledon.”

Wimbledon facts and figures

On average, punters are expected to consume the following quantities of food and drink served at The Championships:

  • 25,000 bottles of Champagne Lanson
  • Fish & Chips 17,170 portions
  • Ice creams 76,603
  • Pasta (players) 4,235 portions
  • Pimm’s 303,277 glasses
  • Sandwiches/baguettes 72,142
  • Scones 110,225
  • Strawberries & Cream 166,055 portions
  • Tea & Coffee 307,277 cups
  • 117,507 pints of draught beer and lager
  • 34,572 litres of milk
  • 23,630 pizzas
  • 2,198 afternoon tea hampers
  • 9,848 litres of dairy cream

Lanson’s limited edition tennis racket-themed neoprene bottle cooler jackets were one of this year’s highlights for guests.

The 2019 limited edition bottle cooler jacket features miniature tennis rackets with the official All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club’s logo in the centre of each racket design, which will be available to purchase in pink or green.

The limited edition neoprene bottle cooler jackets have been specially designed to keep the champagne bottle chilled for up to two hours.

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