Wimbledon may be one of Kate Middleton's favorite events, but it certainly isn’t the Queen’s. Despite serving as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for 64 years, the monarch has only attended the tournament four times. The reason is quite simply that Her Majesty, 91, is not an avid tennis fan. Her last visit came in June 2010 when she watched Andy Murray beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. It was a momentous occasion, marking the Queen's first appearance in the royal box for 33 years.
VER GALERÍA The Queen has only attended Wimbledon four times Photo: Getty Images
She was greeted with a bow from both tennis players before the match. The long-standing tradition of center court players bowing or curtseying to spectators in the royal box was discontinued in 2003 by the Duke of Kent, president of the club; the only exception is when the Queen or Prince Charles attends. During the visit, the Queen was seated in front of Tim Henman in the royal box. She met tennis champions past and present in the members' enclosure, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki and Martina Navratilova.
VER GALERÍA Her Majesty isn't a big fan of the sport Photo: Getty Images
The Queen's previous visits to Wimbledon took place in July 1957, July 1977 and July 1962. As patron of over 600 organizations, she chose to step down from her role as patron of various organizations last year and the passed AELTC Wimbledon patronage on to tennis fan Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge took over the role in January.
VER GALERÍA In 2017 Kate took over the patronage for the AELTC Photo: Getty Images
At the time, Philip Brook, chairman of The AELTC and The Championships, released a statement saying: "We would like to thank Her Majesty for her long and unwavering service to The Club and The Championships during her time as our patron. It was a great honor to welcome Her Majesty to Wimbledon in 2010 and we remain immensely proud of her role in the history of The Club and The Championships. We would like to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who will take up the Queen's former duties as our patron, and also recognize with appreciation the ongoing contribution of HRH The Duke of Kent, who will continue his long-standing role as our president."