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Queen Elizabeth II greets the players at Wimbledon

Queen Elizabeth II visits Wimbledon 2010

June 24th, 2010 was a big day for Wimbledon, not only because it saw the end of the stunning match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut (the score is 6-4 3-6 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 70-68 after a 491-minute decider), but also because Queen Elizabeth II made her first appearance at the tournament in 33 years.

Queen Elizabeth visits Wimbledon 2010

The 84-year-old Queen, wearing a memorable turquoise coat and matching hat, greeted the top seeds and former champions such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Wimbledon 2010

Serena Williams fortunately had an opportunity to show off her long-practiced curtsy, but as defending champion didn’t get the honor of playing in front of the queen, who instead watched Briton Andy Murray winning his second round match.

Serena Williams shows off her curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II

Here's a short video of the queen's arrival:

And another video, where you can see shots from the queen's previous visit in 1977:

(photos via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Down the Line)

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6 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth II greets the players at Wimbledon

  1. trent

    Thanks for talking about Isner match even though you didn't highlight it. I know it's about the WTA and not ATP. Isner made history and I'm so proud of him I hope him all the success at wimbledon.
    Good to see Serena show respect to the royals thanks for showing that picture too!…

  2. Lilly

    Jelena looks radiant in that picture! It must have been so cool to have met the Queen… she looks like a sweet grandmother with fame and fortune haha.

  3. Phil

    do we know who all was in the lineup to meet her?

    I see BJK, JJ, SW, ND, CW, AK, LR….etc?

  4. Marija Post author

    Trent, I had to mention that match, it was definitely worth an exception.

    Lilly, JJ really shines and I think she actually dressed well… you know I don't often say so.

    Phil, there were: Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Anne Keothavong, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Laura Robson, Elena Baltacha.

    Nadal was also supposed to be there, but had to prepare for his match:

    He later stressed that he had great respect for the British royal family and for Wimbledon's traditions but said: "Today is a game day. I had my things to do."

  5. Lilly

    Yeah this Wimbledon her fashion has been good: this dress (and hair and make-up) and her jacket, skirt and bags have been so trendy, I kind of want them.

  6. jacob

    JJ looks hawwwwwwwwwwt. Serena has amazing hair now and i love her headband!

    love yah! xxxx

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