The Queen has only been to Wimbledon four times & there’s an awkward reason whyJuly 8, 2021
WHILE the royals are usually regulars at Wimbledon, there's one key member of the family who often gives it a miss.
The Queen has only attended the prestigious tennis tournament four times, and all have been official visits.
It is despite the fact the monarch, 95, was patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for 64 years – a role she passed over to Kate Middleton in 2017.
According to Hello! Online, she is not a particular fan of the game, and has only ever attended in an official capacity.
In contrast, Her Majesty has a well-known passion for horse racing, and has attended Royal Ascot almost every year for decades.
She last visited Wimbledon in June 2010 when she watched Andy Murray triumph over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
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Prior to that, the Queen visited the tournament in July 1957, July 1962 and July 1977.
In 2016, she decided to step down from her role as patron of various organisations – including at Wimbledon.
The responsibility was passed the next year to the Duchess of Cambridge, who is a known lover of the sport.
She is a regular in the Royal Box at Centre Court – and was spotted there spectating last week, before she had to self-isolate due to Covid.
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The duchess, 39, is herself a talented player, and it was claimed last year that she "always beats" Prince William on court.
According to Australian former world number one Rod Laver – who sat with the couple in the Royal Box at Wimbledon in 2019 – the pair frequently go head-to-head for a match.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the ex-tennis ace, 81, said: "I’d met William and Kate a few times, and in the Royal Box you get a chance to chat with them a little bit."
"They play tennis against each other. William told me he couldn’t beat her."
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