Friday, June 25, 2010
For the first time in 33 years, the monarch visited the All England Club and met the former world no.1 Tennis player Andy Roddick, five-time champion Venus Williams, third-seeded Serbian, Novak Djokovic, U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki and former champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
She was accompanied by the president of the All England Club, the Duke of Kent, and its Chairman Tim Phillips. Wearing a turquoise suit and matching hat, the monarch made her way into the Royal Box and waved. The Centre Court crowd applauded and rose for a standing.
The queen took lunch with the Tennis players. Roger Federer remarked, "It is a big honor for myself on a personal level and it's a big honor for the club." Post lunch, the 84 year old monarch watched Britain's Andy Murray match against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. The monarch was also presented with miniatures of the Wimbledon men’s and women’s trophies.