Clare Balding Wimbledon

How long have Wimbledon host Clare Balding and Alice Arnold been married?

TV presenters have been a couple for many years

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Clare Balding is back hosting Wimbledon on BBC2 today (Monday, June 28).

The presenter is a busy woman as she is also currently appearing on Celebrity Gogglebox on Fridays.

Clare is instantly recognisable for her sports coverage and Alice has also worked for the BBC as a journalist. But how much do you know about their life together?

Alice and Clare first met in 1999 (Credit:

When did Clare Balding and Alice Arnold marry?

According to reports, 50-year-old Clare met Alice, 58, in 1999 when they both worked for the BBC.

Alice was a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4 for more than 20 years until December 2012.

The couple enjoyed a civil partnership ceremony in 2006, celebrating with a party in an 18th-century Palladian villa in south west London.

It’s all about the party and the presents.

In 2015 they married at the same venue. However, no guests were invited.

Clare joked about celebrating their union again during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

She said: “I’m quite keen on the whole idea of a party, obviously. I don’t know the etiquette though. Are you allowed to ask for presents again? It’s all about the party and the presents.”

Which Wimbledon coverage is Clare Balding doing?

Clare will lead the coverage on Today at Wimbledon, which comes live from the open-air studio by The Hill on BBC Two daily for the fortnight.

She will follow the best of the day’s action, and will be joined by special guests to dissect the major talking points as the tournament unfolds.

Alice and Clare on Gogglebox

Viewers at home saw Alice and Clare offer their views on a host of programmes last week.

At one point, while watching Supervet, Clare was emotional over a sad moment in which a dog was injured.

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But perhaps most memorable for those watching was the reaction on social media to how the couple interacted.

According to some viewers, Clare was ‘belittling’ at points to her wife.

Celebrity Gogglebox cast
Some viewers felt Clare could be ‘harsh’ when speaking to Alice on Celebrity Gogglebox (Credit:

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Celebrity Gogglebox airs on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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